Watchlist

As mentioned in my Book, my watchlist is the source of all my trades. Since, I run a large private group of 1000 traders, my universe of stocks is > 250 now and it keeps changing every month.  But at any given time, I trade not more than 10 symbols from this watchlist. The watchlist shared below is the list I had when I used to trade on my own and the group was not in existence.  Keeping a small watchlist really helps you “tune in” to every stock’s price movement. I also recommend that you create your own list based on the stocks you like to trade.  

Tech Heavy Watchlist

This is the watchlist I used to use for each of my $25K options challenges when I was doing things by myself. As mentioned in my book, these are stocks that I personally follow because I am a technologist by profession and so are overwhelmingly tech stocks. If you want a more diversified stock list which spans all sectors of our economy but still fit my stock selection criteria, scroll down.

SymbolDescriptionIndustry
AAPLAPPLE INC COMTechnology Hardware, Storage & Peripherals
AMDADVANCED MICRO DEVICES INC COMSemiconductors & Semiconductor Equipment
AMZNAMAZON COM INC COMInternet & Direct Marketing Retail
BABAALIBABA GROUP HOLDING LTD ADR SPONSOREDInternet & Direct Marketing Retail
BIDUBAIDU INC ADRInteractive Media & Services
BKNGBOOKING HOLDINGS INC COMInternet & Direct Marketing Retail
CMGCHIPOTLE MEXICAN GRILL COMHotels, Restaurants & Leisure
DIASPDR DOW JONES IND UT SER 1 ETF
FBFACEBOOK INC COM CL AInteractive Media & Services
FFIVF5 NETWORK INC COMCommunications Equipment
GOOGALPHABET INC COM CL CInteractive Media & Services
IWMISHARES TRUST RUSSELL 2000 ETF
MSFTMICROSOFT CORP COMSoftware
NFLXNETFLIX INC COMEntertainment
NVDANVIDIA CORP COMSemiconductors & Semiconductor Equipment
QQQINVESCO QQQ TRUST UNIT SER 1 ETF
RUTRUSSELL 2000 INDEX
SPOTSPOTIFY TECHNOLOGY S.A. COMEntertainment
SPYSPDR S&P500 ETF TRUST TR UNIT ETF
TLTISHARES TRUST 20 YR TR BD ETF
TSLATESLA INC COMAutomobiles
VIXCBOE MARKET VOLATILITY INDEX
ZMZOOM VIDEO COMMUNICATIONS INC COM CL ASoftware

S&P 500 Diversified Watchlist

If you want a more diversified watchlist for your trading which is not too biased towards any particular sector, this is a great watchlist which spans stocks across the S&P 500 but still fit my stock selection criteria.

SymbolDescriptionIndustry
AAPLAPPLE INC COMTechnology Hardware, Storage & Peripherals
ADBEADOBE INC COMSoftware
ADSKAUTODESK INC COMSoftware
AMGNAMGEN INC COMBiotechnology
AMZNAMAZON COM INC COMInternet & Direct Marketing Retail
APDAIR PRODUCTS & CHEMICALS INC COMChemicals
AVGOBROADCOM INC COMSemiconductors & Semiconductor Equipment
BABOEING CO COMAerospace & Defense
BIIBBIOGEN INC COMBiotechnology
BRK/BBERKSHIRE HATHAWAY INC COM CL BDiversified Financial Services
CATCATERPILLAR INC COMMachinery
CLXCLOROX CO COMHousehold Products
CMECME GROUP INC COMCapital Markets
COSTCOSTCO WHOLESALE CORP COMFood & Staples Retailing
CRMSALESFORCE.COM INC COMSoftware
DISWALT DISNEY COMPANY (THE) COMEntertainment
FBFACEBOOK INC COM CL AInteractive Media & Services
FDXFEDEX CORP COMAir Freight & Logistics
FTNTFORTINET INC COMSoftware
GDGENERAL DYNAMICS CORP COMAerospace & Defense
GOOGALPHABET INC COM CL CInteractive Media & Services
GOOGLALPHABET INC COM CL AInteractive Media & Services
GSGOLDMAN SACHS GROUP INC COMCapital Markets
HCAHCA HEALTHCARE INC COMHealth Care Providers & Services
HDHOME DEPOT INC COMSpecialty Retail
HONHONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC COMIndustrial Conglomerates
IBMINTERNATIONAL BUS MACH CORP COMIT Services
JNJJOHNSON & JOHNSON COMPharmaceuticals
JPMJP MORGAN CHASE & CO COMBanks
LLYELI LILLY AND COMPANY COMPharmaceuticals
LRCXLAM RESEARCH CORP COMSemiconductors & Semiconductor Equipment
MAMASTERCARD INCORPORATED COM CL AIT Services
MCDMCDONALD'S CORPORATION COMHotels, Restaurants & Leisure
MMM3M COMPANY COMIndustrial Conglomerates
MSFTMICROSOFT CORP COMSoftware
NEENEXTERA ENERGY INC COMElectric Utilities
NFLXNETFLIX INC COMEntertainment
NOWSERVICENOW INC COMSoftware
NVDANVIDIA CORP COMSemiconductors & Semiconductor Equipment
PEPPEPSICO INC COMBeverages
PGPROCTER & GAMBLE CO COMHousehold Products
PYPLPAYPAL HOLDINGS INC COMIT Services
TGTTARGET CORP COMMultiline Retail
TXNTEXAS INSTRUMENTS INC COMSemiconductors & Semiconductor Equipment
UNHUNITEDHEALTH GROUP INC COMHealth Care Providers & Services
UPSUNITED PARCEL SERVICE INC COM CL BAir Freight & Logistics
VVISA INC COM CL AIT Services
VRTXVERTEX PHARMACEUTICAL COMBiotechnology
WHRWHIRLPOOL CORP COMHousehold Durables
WMTWALMART INC COMFood & Staples Retailing

Stocks that have $1 wide strikes

I recommend beginners to use $1 wide spreads to get their feet wet with vertical spreads. The nice thing about $1 wide spreads is that you can risk as little as $50 per trade while you are still learning the ropes. Not all stocks support $1 wide strikes, so your universe of stocks will become very limited when doing this. Here is a list of approx. 40 stocks that offer $1 wide strikes.

Note: Monthly expirations may sometimes not offer $1 wide strikes.

SymbolDescriptionIndustry
AAPLApple IncInformation Technology
ABNBAirbnb IncConsumer Discretionary
AEPAmerican Electric Power Company IncUtilities
AMDAdvanced Micro Devices, Inc.Information Technology
ARKKARK Innovation ETFTechnology ETF
BAHBooz Allen Hamilton Holding CorporationIndustrials
BAXBaxter International IncHealth Care
BBYBest Buy Co IncConsumer Discretionary
BIDUBaidu IncInformation Technology
CROXCrocs, Inc.Consumer Discretionary
CTXSCitrix Systems, Inc.Information Technology
CYBRCyberark Software LtdInformation Technology
DFSDiscover Financial ServicesFinancials
DIASPDR Dow Jones Industrial Average ETF TrustDOW Jones ETF
DKSDicks Sporting Goods IncConsumer Discretionary
EAElectronic Arts Inc.Communication Services
EXPEExpedia Group IncConsumer Discretionary
FISVFiserv IncInformation Technology
IBMIBM Common StockInformation Technology
IWMiShares Russell 2000 ETFRussell 2000 ETF
KMBKimberly Clark CorpConsumer Staples
MSMorgan StanleyFinancials
MTCHMatch Group IncCommunication Services
MTUMiShares MSCI USA Momentum Factor ETFMomentum Shares ETF
MUMicron Technology, Inc.Information Technology
OIHVanEck Oil Services ETFOIL ETF
PXDPioneer Natural Resources CoEnergy
QCOMQUALCOMM, Inc.Information Technology
QDELQUIDELORTHO ORDHealth Care
QQQInvesco QQQ Trust Series 1Nasdaq 100 ETF
ROSTRoss Stores, Inc.Consumer Discretionary
SPLKSplunk IncInformation Technology
SPYSPDR S&P 500 ETF TrustS&P 500 ETF
TLTiShares 20 Plus Year Treasury Bond ETFBond ETF
TMUST-Mobile Us IncCommunication Services
TTDTrade Desk IncInformation Technology
VMWVMware, Inc.Information Technology
WMTWalmart IncConsumer Staples
XBISPDR S&P Biotech ETFBiotech ETF
XLVHealth Care Select Sector SPDR FundHealth Care ETF
YUMYum! Brands, Inc.Consumer Discretionary
PYPLPAYPAL HOLDINGS INC COMIT Services
TGTTARGET CORP COMMultiline Retail
TXNTEXAS INSTRUMENTS INC COMSemiconductors & Semiconductor Equipment
UNHUNITEDHEALTH GROUP INC COMHealth Care Providers & Services
UPSUNITED PARCEL SERVICE INC COM CL BAir Freight & Logistics
VVISA INC COM CL AIT Services
VRTXVERTEX PHARMACEUTICAL COMBiotechnology
WHRWHIRLPOOL CORP COMHousehold Durables
WMTWALMART INC COMFood & Staples Retailing
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