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"George, Is that You?".
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"George, Is that you?"
Position Description   :
Position taken   :
15 Months out,
naked short Calls for "credit",
short calls out of money by 355 points.
Sell 03 Dec 1100 Calls (12625 cnt).
Dec 19,2003 / Settlement = 1091.61
Credit or (Debit)   :
(my broker would ask me for $22,680 for each of the 12,625 short calls).
+$23,987,500 (since all out of the money calls expired worthless)
Comments   :  "George, Is that You?"
Only someone like George Soros would have enough margin to put on this position.
"George, ....... Is that you?".
"George" will not necessarily hold the entire position until
settlement (December 19,2003). More than likely this position will
be drained off a piece at a time. "George" has put his spear in the sand
almost a year and a half ahead. The amazing thing is the accuracy of this call.
The SPX closed just below the mark "George" set. The other amazing thing is that
he got $19 ($19 x 100 = $1900) apiece for the 12,625 03Dec1100 calls.
After he established his position on September 20,2002 the 03Dec1100 calls
briefly reached 27 Bid and 30 Ask.
This is significant because in these large positions far out of the money
there has to be a "win win" somewhere. The buyers have to have a reason to buy
what George has to sell.
were two large volume days that could be where "George" might could have been found
covering (buying back) his short position at prices much less than the $19.
The first day was May 13,2002 where the Last Price for these options
was $6.50 and the volume was 6803. The next day was August 18, 2003 where the Last Price
was $8.00 and the volume was 6556. It is certainly speculation but these two days
are likely candidates for the winding down of this large position.
Whatever the final total of what "George" really took home we won't be
able to say, but for sure "George" had a good year and deserves our congratulations
for showing us that all the stress of a giant naked short position is worth it.
If you win that is.
The other more significant discovery would be if these giants could somehow
be considered indicators.
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