Here are a few of my closed options transactions for the year. I have not been posting these as it takes too much time to go over the details of each transaction.
I started the year with long term Call purchases on CAT, WMT, and CSCO (CSCO still open and upside down but getting better recently), but have moved to shorter term contracts.
I also continue to sell covered Calls on XOM, BP, and Shell. Some of these are weekly Calls and some are longer term. I have been pretty lucky as I have not lost any shares yet. I do have an XOM $79 call expiring at the end of February that could be in jeopardy. No biggie. I'll just buy back the shares later or invest in something else.
The one put I purchased as you can see below was a $50 VZ that I closed out of pretty quick.
That fucking ESV continues to get me even in option trading....LOL.
Also I have noticed buying $29 BP calls and selling $32 BP covered calls has been working pretty well so far.
Anyway, I will be happy to answer any questions in the comments section.