March 27, 2020
The positions in this portfolio are incredibly risky and extremely volatile.
No one at Get Irked is a professional financial adviser (or a doctor), so consult with your own financial adviser to see if any of these positions fit your risk profile (and stomach).
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The Week’s Biggest Winner & Loser
Virgin Galactic (SPCE)
Ya gotta hand it to Virgin Galactic (SPCE)… most redhot IPOs get destroyed during a market selloff, yet, Virgin Galactic is our Biggest Winner with a gain of +36.95% and the only holding in our line-up to have a gain on the year, and a 33.16% gain at that!
In a week where every position saw gains, it’s hard to look at the +5.59% Twitter (TWTR) earned as making it the “Biggest Loser,” however, that’s the way it went this week!
Target Position Size
Current Position Performance
1st Buy: 1/10/2019 @ $19.54
Current Per-Share: -($1.29)*
Virgin Galactic (SPCE)*
1st Buy: 10/31/2019 @ $9.87
Current Per-Share: (-$0.15)*
1st Buy: 2/26/2019 @ $23.23
Current Per-Share: $16.15
Carnival Cruise (CCL)
1st Buy: 3/12/2020 @ $17.25
Current Per-Share: $11.93
Tradeweb Mkts (TW)
1st Buy: 4/8/2019 @ $39.22
Current Per-Share: $35.50
1st Buy: 5/16/2019 @ $25.72
Current Per-Share: $13.32
1st Buy: 3/12/2020 @ $76.94
Current Per-Share: $66.58
General Electric (GE)
1st Buy: 3/6/2020 @ $9.40
Current Per-Share: $7.70
1st Buy: 10/30/2019 @ $29.79
Current Per-Share: $26.00
SPY Put Spreads 4/3
Current Value: $0.91
Revolve Group (RVLV)
1st Buy: 6/13/2019 @ $39.06
Current Per-Share: $21.58
* Indicates a position where the capital investment was sold.
Profit % for * positions = Current Gross Profit / Original Capital Investment
This Week’s Moves
Carnival Cruise Lines (CCL): Profit-Taking
Carnival Cruise Lines (CCL) flew into the end of the week along with the rest of the market, triggering sell orders I had in place filling at an average price of $17.69.
The shares sold took +33.41% profits from my average per-share price of $13.26 and a whopping +87.2% in profits from my lowest purchase at $9.45 last week.
The orders also reduced my per-share cost by -10.03% from $13.26 to $11.93, but, more importantly, reduced the allocation size so I can add back in if/when we see another pullback.
My next buy price target for the stock is near its recent low at $8.10 with my next point to take profits at $24.80.
CCL closed the week at $14.41, down -18.54% from my average selling price.
Pinterest (PINS): Profit-Taking
When the market bounced after the passage of the stimulus package, it was time to take profits in Pinterest (PINS), the portfolio’s largest position exceeding the 10.00% target allocation.
I made some sells throughout the week landing an average selling price of $15.00 and locking in +17.28% in gains from my average buying price of $12.79 from the purchases made since the start of the selloff. The sale reduced my per-share cost negligibly by -0.97% from $13.45 to $13.32.
My next sell target is $17.74 and my next buy target is $9.19.
PINS closed the week at $14.94, down -$0.06 from my average selling price.
Put Insurance: *Opened SPY 4/3 238-234*
When the markets continued higher on Wednesday following Tuesday’s epic 11% gain, the cost of put spreads once again lowered to a point where I felt picking up a little insurance was in order.
Once again, I picked a price-spread that I felt confident the market may pull back to in the week and half before expiration on Friday, April 3: I bought the SPY 4/3 238 Puts and sold the 234 Puts to reduce the cost of the trade.
I chose to risk 3.61% of my portfolio to potentially add +8.03% in YTD profits.
Buy SPY 4/3 238 Puts: -$8.07
Sell SPY 4/3 234 Puts: +$6.83
Total Cost: -$8.07 + $6.83 = $1.24 per Spread
Higher Strike Price: $238
Break-Even: $238 – $1.24 = $236.76
Lower Strike Price: $234
Maximum Profit: $236.76 – $234 = $2.76 per spread
Maximum Gain: $2.76 / $1.24 = 222.58% (nearly 3-1/4 times the investment)
Cost of Each Spread: $1.24
Current Value per Spread: $0.91
P/L %: -26.80%
Want Further Clarification?As always, if you have questions about any of my positions or have positions of your own that you’re curious about – feel free to leave a comment below!
See you next week!
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