Looking to the SPY Amid Earnings Drought

Leaning on the SPY:

We started off the fresh trading week yesterday on fairly decent footing. We formulated a batch of three options ideas in yesterday morning’s premarket report, a couple of quick-strike plays and a longer-term idea. Both of the near-term targets looked pretty good for us on the day.

Those plays were the SPY 09/19 $385-383 Puts and the TTWO Weekly $119-121 Calls , with the latter producing larger gain opportunities by a fairly large margin as you can see here. We’re going to stick with the strategy of going bearish on the SPY once again today with a fresh target range that you can find below. We may find ourselves looking to the SPY more and more as the present earnings dry period persists.

SPY 09/19 $385-383 Puts
$385: .70-2.00 (+186%)
$384: .50-1.46 (+192%)
$383: .34-1.02 (+200%)
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TTWO Weekly $119-121 Calls
$119: 
3.50-4.00 (+17%)
$120: 3.40-5.23 (+54%)
$121: 2.40-3.50 (+46%)


Fresh Options Ideas:
SPY 09/21 $386-385 Puts
APOG 10/21 $40-45 Calls
GIII 10/21 $15-17.50 Calls


Extended Watchlist:
VRAX, MGAM, RCOR, INSW, CYDVF, BERI, BRLL, GOCOF, ATMH

SPY Shorts Prevail, Fresh Ideas

Friday Options Recap:

We put up a fairly good performance on Friday, with both of the quick-strike options ideas we had formulated in our premarket report for the day recording significant movement during the session. The markets in general continued to get beat up, leaving our ideas which were both bearish, to make some pretty good headway for us.

Our winning targets were the SPY 09/16 $387-384 Puts, and the ADBE Weekly $305-300 Puts. , and while the potential gains for the day weren’t earth-shattering we’d still call the following numbers to be quite solid considering the lack of earnings ammunition we’re dealing with at present. As we always say, during dry spells for earnings we have to get a bit more creative than usual, but that will never stop us from giving it the old college try!

SPY 09/16 $387-384 Puts
$387:
 2.39-5.05 (+111%)
$386: 1.85-4.15 (+124%)
$385: 1.42-3.35 (+136%)
$384: 1.09-2.65 (+143%)
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ADBE Weekly $305-300 Puts
$305: 8.13-12.47 (+53%)
$302.50: 5.46-10.34 (+89%)
$300: 2.91-7.99 (+174%)


Fresh Options Ideas:
TTWO Weekly $119-121 Calls
FDX 10/14 $150-160 Calls
SPY 09/19 $385-383 Puts


Extended Watchlist:
SNTI, PRPL, FOXO, KOLD, KNBE, SYRS, BCAN, VNTH, RITE, ATMH, ARTH

Stock and Options Updates, Fresh Plays

Options Review: 

Despite the fresh trading week opening up with a fizzle instead of a bang, both of the quick-strike sets of potential options targets we formulated for yesterday morning’s premarket report were still able to produce.

The targets in question were the DWAC Weekly $27-28 Calls, and the AZZ Weekly $40 Calls. The DWAC calls certainly came through as the top play of the day, while AZZ turned in relatively nominal gains. We’ll continue to monitor those for further activity as the week progress. In the meantime, the DWAC chain provided us with multiple multi-bag gain opportunities on the day:

DWAC Weekly $27-28 Calls
$27: 2.27-5.20 (+129%)
$27.50: 1.85-4.35 (+135%)
$28: 1.92-4.10 (+114%)
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AZZ Weekly $40 Calls
$40:
2.20-2.80 (+27%)


Fresh Options Ideas:
PEP Weekly $167.50-172.50 Calls
ETWO Weekly $7.50 Puts


Other Updates:

Cruzani, Inc. CZNI – We tagged CZNI in yesterday morning’s extended watchlist, and the stock made a respectable run to its highest PPS since October. It ran from .0005-.0009, which is a 40% increase.
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Marijuana Strategic Ventures, Inc. MSVI – We tagged MSVI on Wednesday of last week, while the stock was trading for as low as .09, and yesterday the stock ran to .43, which represents a very nice move of 378%


Extended Watchlist: 
SRNW, ILIM, CHNC, MSVI, APTY, BNCM, GOEV, HSTO, AKAN, VS, TTWO, FWBI