SYF Trade

Synchrony Financial (SYF)

Update 7/18/2022: I exited my short bear call vertical spread on SYF, 32 days before expiration, for a $1.45 debit per contract/share, a loss before fees of $38 per contract. Shares were trading at $31.99, up $1.10 from the entry level.

The Implied Volatility Rank at exit was 48.2%, down 4.8 points from the entry level.

I exited for 36.9% of maximum potential loss. I had expected a negative earnings surprise based on changes to analyst opinions; the surprise turned out to be positive.

Shares rose by 3.6% over three days for a +433% annual rate. The options position produced a 26.2% loss for a -3,189% annual rate.

I have entered a short bear call vertical spread on SYF, using options that trade for the last time 35 days hence, on August 19. The premium is a $1.07 credit per contract share and the stock at the time of entry was priced at $30.89.

The Implied Volatility Ratio stood at 53.0%.

Premium:$1.07Expire OTM
SYF-bear call spreadOddsDelta

The premium is 42.8% 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 3.7:1, with maximum risk of $107 and maximum reward of $393 per contract.

How I chose the trade. The trade was placed to coincide with SYF’s earnings announcement, before the opening bell on the day after entry. The short strikes were set to coincide with the expected move of $1.389 either way, based on options pricing, which gives a price range of $29.51 to $32.27.

By Tim Bovee, Portland, Oregon, July 15, 2022


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