GILD Trade

Gilead Sciences Inc. (GILD)

Update 5/4/2022: I exited my short bull put vertical spread on GILD, 45 days before expiration, for a $1.66 debit per contract/share, a loss before fees of $27 per contract. Shares were trading at $60.17, down $1.22 from the entry level.

The Implied Volatility Rank at exit was 36.8, down eight points from the entry level.

I exited on the third trading day after entry for 44.9% of maximum loss as the position reached failed to become profitable. This is part of a new exit rule system that put into place, explained in my post “Earnings Plays: A Change in Method“.

Shares declined by 2.0% over five days for a -145% annual rate. The options position produced a 16.3% loss for a -1,187% annual rate.

I have entered a short bull put options spread on GILD, using options that trade for the last time 50 days hence, on June 17. The premium is a $1.39 credit per contract share and the stock at the time of entry was priced at $61.39.

The Implied Volatility Ratio stood at 44.8%.

Premium:$1.39Expire OTM
GILD-bull put spreadStrikeOddsDelta

The premium is 55.6% of the width of the position’s short/long spread. The profit zone covers a no move to the downside and an unlimited move to the upside.

The risk/reward ratio is 2.6:1, with maximum risk of $361 and maximum reward of $139 per contract.

How I chose the trade. The trade was placed to coincide with GILD’s earnings announcement, after the closing bell on the day of entry. In placing the trade I considered the expected move of $1.80 either way, based on options pricing, which gives a price range of $59.59 to $63.19.

By Tim Bovee, Portland, Oregon, April 28, 2022


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