SCHW Trade

The Charles Schwab Corp. (SCHW)

Update 4/18/2022: I exited my short bear call vertical spread on SCHW, 32 days before expiration, for a $7 debit per contract/share, a profit before fees of $0.48 per contract. Shares were trading at $73.03, down $11.48 from the entry level.

The Implied Volatility Rank at exit was 47.4%, up 17.2 points from the entry level.

I exited at 87.3% of maximum potential profit, well above my goal of 25% of max on earnings plays. The stock price declined sharply after the company announced it earnings and revenue results that fell short of analyst expectations.

Shares declined by 13.6% over four calendar days — one trading day — for a -1,240% annual rate. The options position produced a 685.7% return for a +62,751% annual rate (a +250,286% annual rate calculated as one trading day).

I have entered a short bear call spread on SCHW, using options that trade for the last time 36 days hence, on May 20. The premium is a $0.55 credit per contract share and the stock at the time of entry was priced at $84.51.

The Implied Volatility Ratio stood at 30.2%.

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The premium is 44.0% of the width of the position’s short/long spread. The profit zone covers a 7.1% move to the upside and an unlimited move to the downside.

The risk/reward ratio is 3.5:1, with maximum risk of $195 and maximum reward of $55 per contract.

How I chose the trade. The trade was placed to coincide with SCHW’s earnings announcement, before the closing bell on Monday, April 18, a long holiday weekend after the day of entry. The short strikes were set to coincide with the expected move of $4.45 either way, based on options pricing, which gives a price range of $81.62 to $87.40.

By Tim Bovee, Portland, Oregon, April 14, 2022


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