LW Trade

Lamb Weston Holdings Inc. (LW)

Lot 2022-2

Update 4/29/2022: I exited my short bear call vertical spread on LW, 50 days before expiration, for a $6.80 debit per contract/share, a loss before fees of $4.48 per contract. Shares were trading at $67.92, up $7.97 from the entry level.

The Implied Volatility Rank at exit was 31.3%, down 8.6 points from the entry level.

I exited because the position reached 21 days before expiration, my normal day for managing trades. The position showed no signs of becoming profitable, and as an added incentive, the stock is scheduled no go ex-dividend on May 5 and would almost certainly have been assigned.

Shares rose by 13.4% over 23 days for a +212% annual rate. The options position produced a 65.9% loss for a -1,046% annual rate.

I have entered a short bear call options spread on LW, using options that trade for the last time 44 days hence, on May 20. The premium is a $2.32 credit per contract share and the stock at the time of entry was priced at $59.65.

The Implied Volatility Ratio stood at 39.9%.

Premium:$2.32Expire OTM
LW-bear call spreadStrikeOddsDelta

The premium is 46.4% of the width of the position’s short/long spread. The profit zone covers a 4.5% move to the upside and an unlimited move to the downside.

The risk/reward ratio is 3.3:1, with maximum risk of $768 and maximum reward of $232 per contract.

How I chose the trade. The trade was placed to coincide with LW’s earnings announcement, before the opening bell on the day after entry. The short strikes was set to coincide with the expected move of $1.98 either way, based on options pricing, which gives a price range of $57.65 to $61.61.

By Tim Bovee, Portland, Oregon, April 6, 2022


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