My Intel Trade Left Me Hungry

Yo Pit Crazies,


The best laid plans can go amiss.


When I put out my Intel Corp. (Ticker: INTC) idea, I did not expect much to happen for a week or two, at least. 


But I am watching the Invesco QQQ Trust Series 1 (Ticker: QQQ) power to new highs and INTC is starting to awaken.


The problem is that I just had some 1×2 ratio put spreads. I made some money, though not that much because INTC moved too much. But since I leaned the right way, I won. 


Now I want to win bigly, but I have to change the trade type.


Here’s what I’m going to do …


From Income to Capital Gains


Regular readers of Option Pit Exclusive will recall I talked up some INTC ratio put spreads not long ago.


I sold some 48 puts and bought some 49 puts 2×1. That left me with a slight credit and short implied for a very short period of time.


I thought INTC could test the lows and stay around $48 for a while before a trip back up, but that did not come to pass.


I lean long, meaning my preferred direction was up.


“Leaning” a position just means you have a bias, but not a big bias. The bias can get big later, but for now it is more flat.


      • Leaning Long: Stock going up is OK
      • Leaning Short: Stock going down is OK

Notice how I don’t say great. Semantics are important here.


If I want a stock to fly, I buy calls or puts and that is where I am with INTC now.


If I want a stock to sit and generate some time decay, I lean in a direction.



The IV is so cheap that I want to buy some calls because I don’t see how an Nvidia Corp. (Ticker: NVDA) is 2.5x the value of INTC.


I like the mid-50s by January in this hungry market.


The Rundown

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The Pro Room used the rally yesterday to take profits, long with some Uranium banter:


Big Money Flow

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      • Mark is still rocking the Ford (Ticker: F) close with 161%+ gains now on the balance of the Jan. 17 calls.


Robinhood Trader:
Option Pit CEO Mark Sebastian uses the Robinhood Gamma Radar to find order flow in active MEME  names.

      • Mark has his Robinhood Trader mojo rolling with UVXY Nov. 5 puts closing for $1.20 with  50%+ gain.
      • And four RHT FuelCell Energy Inc. (Ticker: FCEL) 8.5-strike Nov. 19 calls closed for a 55% gain.


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Volatility Edge is run by Mark and uses the proprietary Option Pit VIX Light indicator to guide volatility trading. The Vol Trade Club is run by me (AG), and employs a long strangle strategy that seeks to use VIX future decay to pay for upside VIX, VXX and UVXY options.

      • The Option Pit VIX Light Red as we wait for the Fed today. Mark and I are short VIX and VXX deltas here.


Remember, a lot of vol strategies I use are market neutral. That means whether SPX or VIX go up or down, the positions still make money. This is a technique you can learn in the Volatility Trading Club and Volatility Edge!


To Your Trading Success,


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