GM Trade

General Motors Co. (GM)

Lot 2022-2

Update 4/27/2022: I exited my short bear fall vertical spread on GM, 51 days before expiration, for a $1.01 debit per contract/share, a profit before fees of $54 per contract. Shares were trading at $38.01, down $1.19 from the entry level.

The Implied Volatility Rank at exit was 89.4, up 17.8 points from the entry level.

I exited because the position reached 25% of maximum potential profit, my normal exit point for earnings plays.

Shares fell by 3.0% over one day for a -1,108% annual rate. The options position produced a 32.7% return for a +11,926% annual rate.

I have entered a short bear call vertical spread on GM, using options that trade for the last time 52 days hence, on June 17. The premium is a $1.34 credit per contract share and the stock at the time of entry was priced at $39.20.

The Implied Volatility Ratio stood at 71.6%.

Premium:$1.34Expire OTM
GM-bear call spreadStrikeOddsDelta

The premium is 53.6% of the width of the position’s short/long spread. The profit zone covers an 8% move to the upside and an unlimited move to the downside.

The risk/reward ratio is 2.7:1, with maximum risk of $366 and maximum reward of $134 per contract.

How I chose the trade. The trade was placed to coincide with GM’s earnings announcement, after the closing bell on the day of entry. The short strikes were set to coincide with the expected move of $2.14 either way, based on options pricing, which gives a price range of $37.06 to $41.34.

By Tim Bovee, Portland, Oregon, April 26, 2022


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