MS Trade

Lot 2022-2

Morgan Stanley (MS)

Update 7/14/2022: I exited my short bear call vertical spread on MS, 36 days before expiration, for a $1.04 debit per contract/share, a profit before fees of $34 per contract. Shares were trading at $73.10, down $1.65 from the entry level.

The Implied Volatility Rank at exit was 70.1%, up 33 points from the entry level.

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

Shares fell by 2.2% over one day for a -806% annual rate. The options position produced a 32.7% return for a +11,933% annual rate.

I have entered a short bear call vertical spread on MS, using options that trade for the last time 37 days hence, on August 19. The premium is a $1.38 credit per contract share and the stock at the time of entry was priced at $74.75.

The Implied Volatility Ratio stood at 37.1%.

Premium:$1.38Expire OTM
MS-bear call spreadStrikeOddsDelta

The premium is 55.2% of the width of the position’s short/long spread. The profit zone covers a 5.5% move to the upside and an unlimited move to the downside.

The risk/reward ratio is 2.6:1, with maximum risk of $362 and maximum reward of $138 per contract.

How I chose the trade. The trade was placed to coincide with MS’s earnings announcement, before the opening bell on the day after entry. The short strikes were set to coincide with the expected move of $3.15 either way, based on options pricing, which gives a price range of $71.60 to $77.90.

By Tim Bovee, Portland, Oregon, July 13, 2022


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