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Author: MarinBMWZ4 Big red star, 1000 posts Old School Fool CAPS All Star Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: of 1205  
Subject: Re: just checkin Date: 1/22/2007 10:01 AM
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Your downside breakeven on the buy-write trade is $81.70 (86.00-4.30). Below $81.70 you lose money.

Your upside breakeven on the buy-write trade is $89.30 (85.00+4.30). Above $89.30 you would have been better off buying the stock without selling any calls against it.
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So, if you sell 2 puts at $80 (the closest strike to $81.70) you have covered yourself on the down side. Is this called a straddle?

Also, wouldn't it be better to sell the put then to do a covered call? If you are long the stock protecting the downside is more important. And, if you wanted to sell a "long" option why not sell a leap?

MZ4 - who is finally (he thinks) getting it......I can run a $1M cardiac cath xray machine and fix hearts but can't get options...go figure.
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