Posted on January 14, 2020
A Jew and His Gold is coming at you early this week, because we want to avail ourselves of a nice opportunity on the mining/metals front.
This trade will be structured differently than the last two, so we aren’t expecting such a quick turnaround. But we are hoping to reap a galaxy of profits from it.
We start with a look at the daily chart for FCX, a company that was for decades accused of paying Indonesian military officers and police to kill abuse lawfully restrain its striking mine workers.
Here it is –
It’s not normal to see a stock jump 60% in two months unless something material changes.
And so it did.
Work disruptions in Chile and Peru, the world’s foremost producers of copper, juiced the price of the metal back in October/November.
And yet it appears to have been overdone.
Despite the protests and strikes, new production is continuing to mount in both countries, and governments appear earnest to attend to the needs and wishes of protestors.
We would expect regular production numbers to resume through Q1 2020.
It should be noted, too, that supply disruptions of this sort accounted for just 6% of global production losses last year, compared to an historical average of slightly less than 5% per annum. So we’re not dealing with an extraordinary set of events here.
Moreover, governments will always do what’s good for business, so look for both carrots and sticks to be employed if there’s any fresh discord.
And expect a decline in the price of copper as we return to routine.
In the meantime, have a look at the weekly paste-up for FCX –
This is five years’ worth of chart for Freeport, and it shows a number of key technical items –
In short, we see a tug-o-war ensuing at current levels that should last for months.
And that’s precisely what’s animating our trade today.
With the expectation that we’ll see tight trade action on FCX through the spring, we’re selling credit spreads on both sides of this puppy.
And it looks like this –
A Jew and His Gold recommends you consider selling the FCX June 19th 14 CALL for $1.15 and buying the FCX June 19th 17 CALL for $0.39 (credit $0.76). Then, sell the FCX June 19th 13 PUT for $1.08 and buy the FCX June 19th 10 PUT for $0.25 (credit $0.83). Total credit on the trade is $1.59.
Maximum loss on the initiative is $141.
Maximum gain is $159.
Many happy returns,