Share Name Share Symbol Market Type Share ISIN Share Description
Optos Plc LSE:OPTS London Ordinary Share GB00B0WHW246 ORD 2P
  Price Change % Change Share Price Bid Price Offer Price High Price Low Price Open Price Shares Traded Last Trade
  +0.00p +0.00% 339.00p 0.00p 0.00p - - - 0 06:37:39
Industry Sector Turnover (m) Profit (m) EPS - Basic PE Ratio Market Cap (m)
Health Care Equipment & Services 104.2 7.5 7.2 40.6 247.96

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praipus: Chinahere, This is what I/you/anyone should do: Find out what your brokers terms are in such a situation. Trade using two accounts or more. Keep your own physical record of every trade and account statement, screen shot trades. When the account size exceeds your brokers client money guaranteed maximum take the excess out of the account. That said I've never had any serious trouble even when FXCM looked a bit shaky during the Swiss shock. (See post 665). Stavros who posts here was with ManGroup when they were in trouble unexpectedly, I hope he will share his experiences and wisdom with you to. The drop in share price was the Swiss shock where clients owed FXCM $221m Theta, Long time no hear hope you are well.
praipus: A distant relative made money in the 1700's taking share price data from Harwich to Holland by boat, perhaps I should get a boat:)
zastas: I don't know whether any of you have already done so too, but I can report that FXCM now allows option writing online. It's working fine so far imo, after some initial incomplete option displays. In my case a significant saving, and it allows you to easily adjust any unfilled orders. Selling fee is now just £15 per trade. I have sold some SBRY now; well share price can always go down further, with or without the ( true or maliciously placed ) rumours. I will be happy to accept shares in the low 200s.
harvester: crontab: well done if you worry about the capital gains tax bill above your free annual allowance. I also found that IG trade against you . When you buy they want you to pay the max of the spread and when you sell they offer the least of the spread . To trade inside the spread requires hard bargaining . That means: what you would save on capital gains you would lose by their creaming off . Just join Alphorn in Switzerland and enjoy the wonderful scenery there . Alternatively , try to offset the capital gain by creating a capital loss by a B&B deal on shares you hold . One of the great things with options writing is that you can end up on the share price losing side with respect to the underlying share and still end up with option trade profit. If you directly buy the underlying share and the share price goes down you are either locked in until price recovery or sell at a loss if you have to close . Also , relatively little money is tied up in the call option buy premium , giving you the choice later to exercise the option if the share price goes up or walk away from a possible deal .
tudes100: I love the look of Optos, they seem to have a great product in an undoubtedly growing market but the share price seems to be constantly under pressure even when news is good (unlike this week). I sold out relatively recently but would like to be a buyer again....
kiwihope: Very volatile share price. No reflection of the underlying business. You would have thought they had warned on profits. Just got into work, if I'd been at my pc at 8:30 I'd have bought some more on the dip, but a bit late now. Unless they fall later...
harvester: well done Prof. The timing and placement of your ftse and Pru shorts weree excellent. I am puzzled by your UU. buyback since UU. ended below 700. I was long UU. 2x dec 720C/760C and lost my spread premium . December was the monster expiry for me and overall produced substantial gains. Most of my positions were sold puts and put spreads and most of them had zero value left well before expiry arrived. Other positions were rolled early . That left positions in Pru, Av,, Bg. and IMT to be dealt with. The sharp dip on expiry day was not welcome and substantially lowered my profit from closing out these positions. Pru,IMT and Bg. dropped quite a bit on expiry day making the rolls more difficult. Hence, I rolled 1x Bg. dec 1050P to jun 880P @ 22 debit;sold 1x jun 1300calls @ 10 credit ; 1x IMT dec 2400P to Jun 2000P @ 10 credit; I could not get a reasonable price for rolling Pru 900P. Hence decided to close @ 28.5 debit. My long call positions in Pru were also adversely affected by the expiry price drops but nevertheless produced a nprofit. I sold 2x Pru dec 800/840 calls @ 39.5 credit; sold 1x pru dec 800 calls : 71.25. I had hoped to close out much better and benefit from terminal time decay but the Yanks messed it up with their political squabbles. I recently increased my exposure to Av. by buying shares and today added to that by exercising 2x long 360 calls and 2x 380 calls for more3 share buys @ 360 and 380 . Av. has good divi yields and worries over their bond exposure have recently subsided resulting in a surge of share price .
mechanical trader: OPT OPTOS Remember results wed. Article linked to them below. Strong end to the year for Optos Mon 15 Oct 2012 OPTS - Optos Latest Prices Name Price % Optos 179.50p -2.84% FTSE All-Share 2,940 -0.98% FTSE Small Cap 3,186 -0.79% techMARK 2,024 -0.87% techMARK 100 2,351 -0.65% Health Care Equipment & Services 3,634 -0.77% LONDON (SHARECAST) - Optos saw shares rise strongly on Monday morning after saying that both turnover and operating profit for the year ending September 30th was ahead of market expectations. The ophthalmology equipment maker reported that, following strong sales in the last quarter, "revenues are expected to exceed $190m", ahead of consenus expectations of $183m, with operating profit expected to be "slightly above market consensus" of $22.3m. Manufacture of its latest product range, the Daytona, has reached current planned capacity in the last quarter, allowing the full year (ending 2012) order backlog to be fully cleared and resulting in an installed base of 329 devices at the end of September 2012. As stated in its third-quarter interim management statement, the company expects "gross margins to improve during full year 2013 as Daytona volumes increase". Chief Executive Officer Roy Davis commented: "I am delighted with the company's achievements this year and in particular, the manufacturing scale-up and market roll-out of Daytona. "The reaction to this instrument has been very positive and I am excited by the opportunities it brings to the business. Our near-term focus is to drive sales of Daytona in all our key markets and to continue our success with the 200Tx instrument in the ophthalmology market." Broker reaction Broker reaction to the update has been equally positive. Numis has reiterated its "buy" rating and 300p share price target, while Jefferies, which also has a "buy" rating, has raised its price target to 280p from 270p. Meanwhile, Panmure Gordon has upgraded its rating from 'hold' to 'buy', saying that Optos "should be a core holding to investors looking to have healthcare in their portfolio". The broker raised its target price for the shares from 230p to 320p.
harvester: hi guys, no, still around. just too busy to do much posting. Had difficulty tracking the market last month since rennovating away from home with no internet access other than through library and Weatherspoon pub which was ten miles away in the west country. My September expiry was begnin and uneventful. Earlier on , though, I had some scary moments . I was still short NXT 1x dec 3000calls and 2x Dec 3600 calls. The 3000 calls had already been rolled and rolled for a long time but my rolls could not keep up with the astronomical share price rise. The final straw was when on mildly positive results the share price jumped up further by 200 to 300 in a few days leaving the 3000 calls in the red by about 650 . I held on all the same and a few weeks ago NXT finally hit the buffers and dropped back by about 250 within a day. I was short NXT sep 3400/3200 puts which stayed OTM at expiry . Now have to wriggle my way out of the remaining positions . While still remaining bearish in outlook my other trades were mostly sold OTM puts and put spreads producing useful gains . As a result my overallo position is looking very healthy with option value (exposure) down to about 22K covered by more than adequate option account cash which would allow closure of all my option positions . I have gradually moved to selling put spreads rather than straight puts for highly priced shares,i.e. shares costing over 1K / share so as not to be caught out by sudden market crashes . I try to do so even for seemingly ultra-safe defensive shares like SSE. All my put sales for SSE have produced full gains in the past. I am currently short 10X Dec 1200/1000 puts among others. Was hoping to sell June 1100/1000 puts but the lowest listing is currently 1200 for June. I have requested that extra strikes at lower prices are placed by Euronext, Lets hope they will by tomorrow . Today I closed out Shell dec 1600/1400 put spread by buying the 1600puts @ 2.5 debit. . I am staying clear of October put sales. My Memories of the 1987 crash are still too strong. December expiry is the next big target . Noting your trades with interest . Good luck to everyone here
alphorn: Copy of post directed to this thread. AZ209 22 Jul'12 - 09:49 - 134356 of 134358 Alphorn. I am trying to understand your method regarding the selling of call options on Lloyds stock that you own. These options give a third party the right to buy your shares at a price in the future and in return, pay you money now. So I presume that you hope the share price does not go up, so the option will expire and you get to keep the money paid for the option. If the share price miraculously doubled, the I presume you would have to sell your shares at the strike price of say 35p when in fact the shares would be worth 60p , therefore you loose 25p per share ? If the share price goes down, then you would keep the option money and the third party may just let the option expire or they might just buy them anyway and pay you say 25p per share, in which case you gain 5p per share on top of the option money. So if you wanted to maintain your holding, you could then just buy back in the open market. The only risk then is loosing out if the shareprice rises above the strike price. Have I got this right ? and how do you actually do this.
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