AN Trade

AutoNation Inc. (AN)

Update 7/21/2022: I exited my short bull put vertical spread on AN, 29 days before expiration, for a $1.55 debit per contract/share, a wash before fees, meaning the exit and entry prices were the same. Shares were trading at $119.74, down $0.68 from the entry level.

The Implied Volatility Rank at exit was 29.1%, down 15.5 points from the entry level.

Although AN’s earnings beat the estimates, the price fell. I exited on the day after entry for neither a profit nor a loss. The exit point was 44.9% of maximum potential loss.

Shares fell by 0.6% over one day for a -206% annual rate. The options position produced neither a return nor a loss.

I have entered a short bull put vertical spread on AN, using options that trade for the last time 30 days hence, on August 19. The premium is a $1.55 credit per contract share and the stock at the time of entry was priced at $120.42.

The Implied Volatility Ratio stood at 44.6%.

Premium:$1.55Expire OTM
AN-bull put spreadStrikeOddsDelta

The premium is 62% of the width of the position’s short/long spread. The profit zone covers a 3.2% move to the downside and an unlimited move to the upside.

The risk/reward ratio is 2.2:1, with maximum risk of $345 and maximum reward of $155 per contract.

How I chose the trade. The trade was placed to coincide with AN’s earnings announcement, before the opening bell on the day after entry. The short strikes were set to coincide with the expected move of $10.97 either way, based on options pricing, which gives a price range of $109.45 to $131.39.

By Tim Bovee, Portland, Oregon, July 20, 2022


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