Sold long calls on Gigamedia

Last week I bought some Sep $10 calls on Gigamedia GIGM ahead of todays earnings release. The earning came out OK and the stock went to $12+ and I sold my calls for $2.55 this morning. Nice to make a little money in this market.

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Trade King – New Rating Service

Trade King online brokerage has added the services of MarketGrader.com to its stock reporting services.

It looks like a service to give a quick useful snapshot of a company you are interested in.

Bought Calls on GIGM

Since February I have owned and written calls on Gigamedia GIGM. Recently the stock has taken a serious tumble, losing about 1/3 of its value. This is a very profitable and growing company and I see no reason for the price fall except market fears and the current pull back in both the U.S. and Taiwan markets.

The company has an earnings release scheduled for next Tuesday, August 14. Today I bought some Sept $10 calls for $.95. An earnings surprise to the upside should give a nice boost to the stock price.

Projected earnings are $14 per share for the 2nd quarter. Last year the company earned $.18 in the second quarter, while projections then were only a nickel.

For a profitable growing company the stock price of Gigamedia has taken way too much abuse. IMO!

Rolling a call option

I rolled the call option on my position in Silver Wheaton SLW today. In June I had written the August $12.50 call on the stock. Today I bought back the call and sold the Sept $15 call for a net debit of $.90 plus commissions.

The closed position gave a return of 20.35% for 40 days, using today’s closing stock price. The new covered call position will return 4.3% for 53 days if unchanged, about 15% if called away.

I like SLW as a longer term holding, while making some good option premium along the way. They are releasing earnings on Friday, so I am considering buying a put as insurance against any surprises.

Stock Market Falls! Stock Option Sold!

In my opinion, markets like this are especially hard on covered call writers. The covered call writing strategy works best in flat or slowly rising markets. Rapidly falling stock prices have the covered call writer replacing expired positions with lower strike prices, often below the original stock purchase price, trying to recover lost ground.

I did exactly that today, I wrote an August $12.50 call on my position in GIGM for $.45. I had originally purchased the stock in May for $14.54 and sold the July $15 call. The share price has been on a serious slide and is trading at about $11.40 today.

I still believe this company is an excellent prospect for growth and expect the shares to trade in the $18 to $20 range soon. (One year maybe!?). Now I want to earn some option income and try to avoid having it called away before a nice run up. Time will tell.

New Investing Blog

I have started another blog on investing called Investing Ideas.

The idea is to discuss a range of investment ideas and link to good ideas from other blogs/sites.

It has just started so check back occasionally to see how it goes. I plan to continue posting here as well. Thanks.

Cash to invest

As I posted last week here, my position in SPIL was called away, so I have some cash to invest.

I am trying not to invest during the first couple of days after expiration. A lot of call writers are trying to sell contracts, so I think that holds down premium pricing.

My sold call on Gigamedia GIGM expired out of the money. The share price on this stock has been quite ugly for the last two months. I still think the company has great future prospects so right now I plan to hold on. They should have an earning release next month, so I am looking for an anticipatory price run-up to sell a call into. Will keep you posted.