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Mad About Options: Steer Clear of Steel
(Video, Oct. 3):
Jud Pyle and Matt Buckley review Jim Cramer's recent bearish comments about
and offer an appropriate options strategy. Pyle and Buckley also offer options ideas for
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Slump in Railroad Stocks Raises Implied Volatility
Oct. 1 move higher in volatility and
volumes in a bevy of diversified industrial stocks -- despite a relatively flat finish for stocks -- continued apace today, with traders seeking defensive positions in transportation names. Adding urgency to the options positioning today is the biggest intraday drop in the value of the S&P Railroad Index in two decades, sending implied volatility in the options of most railroad stocks hurtling toward 52-week highs.
According to live market data from Interactive Brokers, implied volatility in
rose nearly 28% on the session to read 71.7% -- handily a 52-week high and fully a 45% premium to the historic reading on the stock. With shares down 12.6% to $56.84, front-month
premiums are down more than 60%, with what appears to be buying interest in October 65 calls and selling in 55 puts.
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Dykstra: Playing by the Rules
First, my strategy calls for buying deep-
Lenny Dykstra usually pay a premium of $1 or less to purchase these options contracts. Sometimes it's a little over a dollar, but it doesn't happen all that often. That's a main part of my system and it's part of my ground rules.
I figure out the basic premium by adding together the
of the option I am purchasing plus the amount I am going to pay to purchase each contract. From that total, I subtract the price the stock closed at the previous day. When that calculation is done, I should have a premium of less than $1.
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This article was written by a staff member of TheStreet.com.