On Friday’s Options Action on CNBC I detailed a longer dated bullish trade idea in Ford (F) and gave a quick update the disastrous Disney (DIS) trade from the prior week, and a bearish trade idea in the Utilities etf (XLU) that started to be work all at once Friday afternoon.
Additionally, my friends Mike Khouw and Carter Worth shared a trade idea to express a near term bearish view on Coca-Cola (KO) that I included in this post, plus updates to their bearish calls in Keurig Green Mountain (GMCR) from the prior week.
Name That Trade – $F: Ford Pick-up?
I would like the stock to re-trace a bit, possibly back to $15.50 before I pull the trigger, but here is the trade I would choose at the moment if I just couldn’t help myself:
Hypothetical Trade: F ($15.90) Buy to Open May 16 calls for .70
Break-Even on May Expiration:
Profits: above 16.70, up 5%
Losses: up to .70 between 16 and 16.70 with max loss of .70 or 4.5% of the underlying stock price.
Rationale: Given the stock’s recent volatility, and the general cheapness of options, risking 4.5%for 3 months, with no shortage of stock specific data in between these calls seem dollar cheap. But I’d rather pay less for them on a slight pullback and catch the potential breakout above 16, offering the potential to spread by selling a higher strike call to reduce my break-even and premium at risk.
For more detail, read here
Mike and Carter had the following to say about Coca-Cola (KO):
Carter’s technical view on KO is decidedly bearish, his work suggests that the failure at $45 twice in the last year (which was also the all time high from the 1990s), followed by gaps lower, “looks like a major topping-out formation, and breaks the uptrend”:
While Mike sees valuation not particularly expensive to its historical multiple, but he is concerned with the lack of any sales growth and the secular headwinds that face a company who business it is to sell sugar water the stock could also be set to hit a rough patch.
Mike’s trade was to simply buy the April 40/38 Put Spread for 40 cents (stock ref ~$41.70), max risk of 40 cents, above $40, gains of up to $1.60 between $39.60 and $38, max gain of $1.60 below $38:
MY VIEW ON THEIR TRADE IDEA: It’s been hard to argue with Carter’s technical views of late, and as I made it clear in the clip, I am not a fan of the multiple being paid for low growth U.S. multi-nationals like KO that will likely face increased headwinds from the strong dollar as foreign centrals banks have a whole heck of lot more to gain by debasing their currencies vs the dollar than the reverse at the moment. The one issue I have with the trade is how far out of the money the put spread is, especially after the stock is already down almost 10% from the recent highs. While April expiration gives plenty of time for the thesis to play out, if the stock were to bounce initially this put spread would have a fairly small probability of being in the money. So in my mind it is a matter of conviction, If I felt strongly in their technical and fundamental view and thought the stock could re-test $40, and that next weeks earnings and guidance could be the catalyst I might consider buying short dated nearer to the money puts. We will be sure to take a closer look prior to the print.
And lastly we did a quick look back at my prior week’s disastrous bearish trade on Disney (DIS), and Mike and Carter’s bearish trades on GMCR that worked out well, and my bearish XLU trade from late December that started to out in a big way on Friday:
For more on my DIS trade, and why I was so disappointed with myself, read here.
Lastly we had former J.P. Morgan strategist Tom Lee, founder of advisory firm FundStrat, on to discuss his street high bullish target for the S&P 500. It was an interesting discussion but I am not sure I took away much other than the bull market should continue because most want it to end and that its been around for six years now, so why should it stop?