XBI Trade

Update 7/27/2021: I exited my short bear call spread position on XBI 24 days before expiration, for a $0.38 debit per contract/share, a profit before fees of $0.92 per contract. Shares were trading at $122.05, down $2.70 from the entry level.

My decision to exit was based on the price reaching more than 50%.of maximum potential profit, as required by my trading rules. The price remained below my short call strike, $34, throughout the life of the position. The entry and exit dates are shown by vertical red lines on the chart, with a horizontal gray line marking short call strike price.

[XBI at 2:15 p.m., 20-minute bars]

Shares declined by 2.2% over nine days for a -65.8% annual rate. The options position produced a 121.1% return for a 3,682% annual rate.

SPDR S&P Biotech ETF (XBI)

Lot 2

I have entered a short bear call spread on XBI, using options that trade for the last time 36 days hence, on August 20. The premium is a $0.84 credit per contract share and the stock at the time of entry was priced at $124.75.

The implied volatility rank (IVR) stands at 30%.

Premium: $0.84 Expire OTM  
XBI-bear call spread Strike Odds Delta
Long 140.00 91.0% 11
Break-even 133.16 86.0% 17
Short 134.00 81.0% 23

The premium is 28% of the width of the position’s wing.
The profit zone covers a 6.7% move to the upside.

The risk/reward ratio is 6.1:1, with maximum risk of $516 and maximum reward of $84 per contract.

[XBI, daily bars]

Elliott wave analysis places XBI in a 3rd wave downtrend, and if that analysis holds up, then the price is unlikely to revisit the $134 level, which marks the top of my profit zone.

By Tim Bovee, Portland, Oregon, July 15, 2021


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