WBA Trade

Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. (WBA)

Lot 2022-2

Update 6/30/2022: I exited my short bear call vertical spread on WBA, 50 days before expiration, for a $0.48 debit per contract/share, a profit before fees of $56 per contract. Shares were trading at $39.43, down $1.34 from the entry level.

The Implied Volatility Rank at exit was 83.0%, down 0.7 points from the entry level.

I exited on the day after entry because the position reached 53.8% of maximum potential profit, well above my normal exit point for earnings plays, 25% of max.

Shares declined by 3.3% over one day for a -1,200% annual rate. The options position produced a 116.7% return for a +42,538% annual rate.

I have entered a short bear call vertical spread on WBA, using options that trade for the last time 51 days hence, on August 19. The premium is a $1.04 credit per contract share and the stock at the time of entry was priced at $40.77.

The Implied Volatility Ratio stood at 82.3%.

Premium:$1.04Expire OTM
WBA-bear call spreadStrikeOddsDelta

The premium is 41.6% of the width of the position’s short/long spread. The profit zone covers a 6.8% move to the upside and an unlimited move to the downside.

The risk/reward ratio is 3.8:1, with maximum risk of $396 and maximum reward of $104 per contract.

How I chose the trade. The trade was placed to coincide with WBA’s earnings announcement, before the closing bell on the day after entry. The short strikes were set to coincide with the expected move of $1.77 either way, based on options pricing, which gives a price range of $38.89 to $42.33.

By Tim Bovee, Portland, Oregon, June 29, 2022


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