Wednesday, September 28, 2016
XOM covered call closed
Yesterday afternoon I decided to close out my covered XOM call. The details can be seen above.
Originally I sold a $90 XOM call and received a $237.30 premium. Since Exxon was trading around $82 yesterday and I had essentially earned 72% of the premium after subtracting all fees, I decided to buy back the call for $67.70.
This left me with a net profit of $169.60. Not too bad especially when combined with the $336 ESV call profit also shown in the picture above.
XOM has traded as high as $96 this year which put me "upside down" on this trade most of the year. For a while I was concerned that I might have to sell the shares at $90.00, but the shares came back down and I decided to take the option profit and remove the possibility of losing the shares.
I was extremely fortunate with my timing as XOM is trading up about $3.50 today at a price of about $86.50. Most likely all of the option profit would have vanished with today's price action.
I am tempted to resell another call and start the process all over again.