SPY Trade

S&P 500 ETF Trust (SPY)

Lot 2022-3

Update 2/24/2022: I exited my bear call vertical options spread on SPY, 49 days before expiration, for a $2.06 debit per contract/share, a profit before fees of $214.00 per contract. Shares were trading at $412.53, down $17.21 from the entry level.

The Implied Volatility Rank at exit was 82.7%, up 18.9 points from the entry level.

I exited because the position reached 51% of maximum potential profit, one point above my normal 50% exit point for options positions.

Shares declined by 4.0% over two days for a -731% annual rate. The options position produced a 103.9% return for a +18,959% annual rate.

I have entered a short bear call options spread on SPY, using options that trade for the last time 51 days hence, on April 14. The premium is a $4.20 credit per contract share and the stock at the time of entry was priced at $429.74.

The Implied Volatility Ratio stood at 63.8%.

Premium:$4.20Expire OTM
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The premium is 84% of the width of the position’s short/long spread. The profit zone covers a 3.4% move to the upside and an unlimited move to the downside.

The risk/reward ratio is 1.4:1, with maximum risk of $580 and maximum reward of $420 per contract.

How I chose the trade. The trade was placed to coincide with Elliott wave analysis of the S&P 500, which brings an expectation that the downtrend that began on January 4 has resumed.

By Tim Bovee, Portland, Oregon, February 22, 2022


Tim Bovee, Private Trader tracks the analysis and trades of a private trader for his own accounts. Nothing in this blog constitutes a recommendation to buy or sell stocks, options or any other financial instrument. The only purpose of this blog is to provide education and entertainment.

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