We have traded Twitter well over the last year, with a few instances getting long, or replicating long exposure in the highs $30s and selling in the high $40s/low $50s (read recap and thesis (here, here and here). Shortly after the company reported their Q4 results in early Feb I exited my most recent trade (here), but the stock’s resilience in the weeks following caused me to have a little seller’s remorse, and I bought some stock as a place holder, from Quick Hits:
Well, with the stock at $50, and earnings (which should be the next identifiable catalyst) not until late this month I want to now look at a defined risk trade structure that would give me exposure back to the 52 week highs at $56. Please read the above links on the thesis front, frankly I am not too optimistic substantial gains in users, and am more focused on the potential for some sort of strategic partnership of possibly even m&a.
Early next week I will look to place an options trade that gives me some added leverage to my long stock position. If I am of the mindset that I would buy stock on a pull back in the mid $40s then the following trade may just do the trick:
Hypothetical Trade: TWTR ($50.25) Sell May 45 Put to Buy May 52.50 / 57.50 Call Spread for Even Money
-Sell to open 1 May 45 put at 1.35
-Buy to open 1 May 52.50 call for 2.60
-Sell to open 1 May 57.50 call at 1.25
Break-Even on May Expiration:
Losses: below $45 down 10%
Profits: between 52.50 and 57.50, make up to 5, or 10%
Rationale: This trade is a good way to add leverage to an existing long, especially if I would be inclined to add to my long down 10%.
If this was a new bullish position I would look to lengthen the duration of the trade and possibly widen the upward bands of potential profitability. I will be checking back early next week for the trade. I AM NOT TRADING IT TODAY.