New Trade SPY – Hedging European Headline Risk

by Enis June 25, 2012 1:26 pm • Commentary

As I mentioned in this morning’s Macro Wrap, I expected the recent selloff to make new lows, and I am quite bearish on the 1-2 month outlook for markets as global recession fears escalate.  Earnings season is likely to confirm those growth fears, based on recent reports from broad names like PG and CEO commentary about Chinese demand.

BUT, this week is the one that worries me on the potential for a bounce because of the playbook for previous EU summits.  European policymakers, ex-Germany, are going to do everything in their power to induce confidence throughout the week based on the setup of their expectations.  I have little confidence that the summit induces any lasting rally given the headwinds.  In fact, I anticipate markets to feel the ultimate downer after the summit, and we should retest the lows of the year.

In the meantime, I am going to buy weekly SPY calls for a move to 133-134 in the next few days as a HEDGE against my existing short positions.  My current portfolio has long puts or put spreads in CAT, SLV, CHK, JPM, AZO, LNKD, GE, and BMO, so I’m obviously very exposed, and want to be exposed, to a down move over the next month.  But I want some protection based on my hunch of a possible event rally, just in case.

Here’s the trade:

TRADE: SPY ($131.05) Bought June 29th weekly 132 calls for 0.79

Break-Even on this Friday’s Expiration:  

Profit above 132.79

Losses of up to .79 between 132.00 and 132.79, max loss .79 below 132