DRI Trade

Darden Restaurants Inc. (DRI)

Lot 2022-2

Update 9/22/2022: I exited my short bull put vertical spread on DRI, 29 days before expiration, for a $2.92 debit per contract/share, a loss before fees of $102 per contract. Shares were trading at $125.38, down $6.68 from the entry level.

The Implied Volatility Rank at exit was 32.8%, down 12.1 points from the entry level.

DRI’s earnings came in as expected, at $1.56 per share, but some same-store sales fell short and the share price fell, turning my bear position unprofitable. I exited on the day after entry for 81.8% of maximum potential loss.

Shares fell by 5.1% over one day for a -1,846% annual rate. The options position produced a 34.9% loss for a -12,750% annual rate.

I have entered a short bull put vertical spread on DRI, using options that trade for the last time 30 days hence, on October 21. The premium is a $1.90 credit per contract share and the stock at the time of entry was priced at $132.06.

The Implied Volatility Ratio stood at 44.9%.

Premium:$1.90Expire OTM
DRI-bull put spreadStrikeOddsDelta

The premium is 76% of the width of the position’s short/long spread. The profit zone covers a 5% move to the downside and an unlimited move to the upside.

The risk/reward ratio is 1.6:1, with maximum risk of $190 and maximum reward of $360 per contract.

How I chose the trade. The trade was placed to coincide with DRI’s earnings announcement, before the opening bell on the day after entry. The Zacks Investment Research earnings surprise predictor gave DRI a score of 0.21%, with a rank of 3. The analysts’ consensus is that DRI will announce earnings of $1.56 per share.

By Tim Bovee, Portland, Oregon, September 21, 2022


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