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Snap Back in the Works, and Two Trades to Tend (QQQ/CLX,SWN,X)

Posted on March 23, 2020

We have two trades that require your attention today, both of which were covered writes.

The first was our SWN initiative, opened on September 9th with a breakeven of $1.71.  The trade details can be found here.

Today, the shares trade for $2.08. And we have a profit of 21.6% in hand.

Do we take it?

Considering the swamp through which we’re currently passing, we’d advise you to bail today with the cash.

If anyone’s thinking of selling more premium here, go ahead, but we’d recommend keeping the expiry very close

We are out.

Next!

The second trade that requires work arrived on February 6th in a directive called Steel Yourself for a Rough Winter.  The recommendation was to buy X stock at $9.49 per share and sell the March 20th 10 CALL for $0.50 – one CALL sold per hundred shares purchased.

That left you with an adjusted cost base of $8.99.

To our great dismay, X subsequently tumbled and is currently trading at $5.29.

And that leaves us with two less-than-savory options.

  1. To leave the shares alone, let them climb toward our breakeven and sell more premium as they approach that level.

[Selling slightly OTM CALLs at this stage puts us at risk of having the shares called away with an overall loss.]

  1. The second is to buy more shares and sell more premium, such that we lock in a profit if the shares are called away at a much lower strike.

That would look like this –

Buy two more lots of X at $5.29 (for a total of 300 shares, and a net debit of $19.57), and sell three X July 17th 6 CALLs for $0.89 each, for a credit of $2.67.

Should X close above $6.00 by expiry, you would pocket $1.10 on $16.90 spent, for a total return of 6.5%.

It’s no landslide, to be sure.

This Week’s Trade!

We’re looking at another bounce scenario at this stage, based in part on current sentiment levels.

Have a look now at the latest AAII numbers –

The only time we’ve seen back to back 50+ readings from the bears was in March of 2009, when the Lehman crash bottomed.

Is that enough to warrant a full-on buy signal?

No.

But look now at the newsletter writers –

The current Investors Intelligence Bull/Bear ratio has now entered rarefied negative territory – terrain from which there’s very often a sharp snap-back.

The big question is…

Have Sellers Been Exhausted?

Markets are not economies, friends, and this is a fact that can’t be forgotten.  The world economy is headed toward a severe contraction, to be sure, but that doesn’t eliminate the possibility of a sustained counter-trend rally at this point – if the bears have been exhausted.

It’s our contention that we’re very near that point, both because of the foregoing sentiment numbers, and because current short positions are bunky off the charts.

Have a look –

Only once in the last decade did we see numbers like these.

And that augurs well for a SQUEEZE.

We’re playing it with a long/short bet using the QUBES and Clorox (NYSE:CLX), the latter of which has held up well as an anti-Wuhan health serum, but looks now to have breathed its gaseous last.

A Jew and His Money recommends you consider selling shares of CLX (now going for $177.40) and buying shares of QQQ (now trading for $170.70) in equal numbers.  Total credit on the trade is $6.70.

With kind regards,

Hugh L. O’Haynew

 

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