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Dykstra: Doing Your Homework Pays Off

Stocks in this article: AA HAL INTC

My deep-in-the-money options trading system has had a good week. Bets on some of the companies I follow paid off.

This week, I've had wins on Alcoa (AA - Get Report), Halliburton (HAL - Get Report) and Intel (INTC - Get Report).

These wins bring the record for my Nails on the Numbers newsletter to 102-1 since TheStreet.com began publishing it about a year ago. And these wins bring my total so far this calendar year to 10. My win total just for this week is $10,150. Granted, that's an atypical week, and Intel had been out there 218 days. But with nine positions still open, more wins are on the way.

Throughout my baseball career, I put my heart and soul into the game so that I would be a winning player. I wouldn't accept any less of myself, and even now I put everything I've got into what I'm doing. I go full speed all the time.

More than anything, I tried to be smart by knowing my opponents and knowing the game inside and out. To succeed, you have to know the ground rules and then try to get every possible advantage within those rules. A lot of those advantages can come from simply doing your homework.

In past columns, I talked about the benefits of picking DITM option calls and how they give you exposure to the best stocks at a fraction of their trading prices.

My process is simple. I keep my eye on a universe of stocks, usually 100 or so that I follow closely. This includes companies from all different sectors. But in a market like this, I'm looking at specific industries that I believe will do well over the coming year. In recent months, those industries include oil-related services, specialized manufacturing and high tech.

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