SPY (lot 7)

SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust (SPY)

Update 3/18/2020: I’ve exited my short bear call spread options position, lot 7, on SPY for a $0.71 debit per contract/share, a profit of $0.71, with shares trading at $240.35, down $11.30 from their entry level. The position earned 50% of maximum potential profit.

The day after I entered the position, SPY peaked, and then began a rapid decline. The implied volatility rank was 83.6% at exit, down 26.5 percentage points.

Shares fell by 4.5% over six days, or a -19% annual rate. The options position produced a 100% return for a +6,083% annual rate.


I have entered a short bear call spread on SPY, using options that trade for the last time 36 days hence, on April 17. The premium is a $1.42 credit and the stock at the time of entry was priced at $251.69.

The position is profitable below $285.58.

The implied volatility rank (IVR) stands at 110.1%.

In terms of Elliott wave analysis, the position was opened during Minor wave 3 to the downside.

Premium: $1.42 Expire OTM
SPY-bear call spread Strike Odds Delta
Calls
Long 293.00 90.0% 12
Break-even 285.58 87.5% 16
Short 287.00 85.0% 20

The premium is 47.3% of the width of the position’s wing.

The profit zone covers a 13.5% move to the upside and an unlimited move to the downside of the entry price.

The risk/reward ratio is 3.2:1, with maximum risk of $458 and maximum reward of $142 per contract.

By Tim Bovee, Portland, Oregon, March 12, 2020

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