MKC Trade

McCormick & Co. Inc. (MKC)

I have entered a short bear call vertical spread on MKC, using options that trade for the last time 44 days hence, on April 21. The premium is a $1.03 credit per contract share and the stock at the time of entry was priced at $72.41.

The Implied Volatility Ratio stood at 39.7%.

Premium:$1.03Expire OTM
MKC-bear call spreadStrikeOddsDelta

The premium is 41.2% of the width of the position’s short/long spread. The profit zone covers a 5% move to the upside and an unlimited move to the downside.

The risk/reward ratio is 3.9:1, with maximum risk of $397 and maximum reward of $103 per contract.

How I chose the trade. The trade was placed to coincide with a general downtrend in the market. The chart metrics on MKC were entirely negative at the time of entry, and Zacks Investment Research earnings surprise predictor gave MKC a rank of 5 (strong sell). My goal is to sell either at 50% of potential profit or greater — $0.52 or more — or 21 days before expiration, on March 25, whichever comes first.

By Tim Bovee, Portland, Oregon, March 8, 2023


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