That is a strategy in which you sell a near-the-money open while simultaneously buying any further out-of-the-money options. The position collects a net credit of premium which you keep if the underlying shares don’t breach the strike price. I’ve written about the dynamics of credit spreads and how to calculate returns.
Now let’s look at when in real-time. The following is part of Alert I sent out to Option360 members yesterday. It is still actionable today and my gift to loyal readers. Now you get to see and hopefully participate, in one of these trades in real-time. Fastly (FSLY) has been a hot fast stock. It provides edge computing (cloud) for businesses to run real-time remote. But it has a crazy valuation in that it is still a money-losing operation
The stock had been on a huge run but got slammed pot earnings not because the numbers were disappointing, they actually “beat and raised” but:
1) It turns out 13% of revenue comes from TikTok and we know they are under the microscope and possibly will be acquired by Microsoft (MSFT).
2) They offered a secondary stock offering
3) simple and rational profit-taking.
The stock has now come down to support near the $75-$78 level.
-Buy to open 2 contracts FSLY Sep (9/04) 65 Put
-Sell to open 2 contracts FSLY Sep (9/04) 70 Put
For a Net Credit of $1.70 (do not go below $1.55)
All we want is for shares of FSLY to stay above $70 for the next 3 weeks and we collect $170 per contract per spread.
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