General Electric (GE) – Bring Good Things Back to Life?

by Dan November 13, 2017 10:41 am • Trade Ideas

On Friday’s Options Action on CNBC we quickly previewed the General Electric (GE) investor day (that is going on as I write). I offered a defined risk way to play for a bounce into the new year thinking that today’s news that would likely include a guide lower on earnings, the possibility of the much-rumored dividend cut and that those things could provide the final capitulation on the news front and in the stock. The idea there was that with the stock down more than 35% on the year, investors might start to discount the company’s fundamental issues and consider GE as a decent “Dog of the Dow” candidate into the new year. Click through here to watch:

As the trade idea was given after the close on Friday, and the stock opened lower than Friday’s close and immediately dropped I will detail this trade idea at current prices:

Trade Idea: GE ($19.80) Buy Jan 20 – 24 call spread for 69 cents
  • Buy to open 1 Jan 20 call for 75 cents
  • Sell to open 1 Jan 24 call at 6 cents


Break-Even on Jan expiration:

Profits: of up to 3.31 between 20.69 and 24 with max gain of 3.31 at 24 or higher

Losses: up to 69 cents between 20 and 20.69 with max loss of 69 cents below 20.

Rationale: This is clearly a contrarian trade, and the news might get worse before it gets better which is why it makes sense to define one’s risk. At this point it may not make a ton of sense to sell the 24 call at 6 cents, but as described in the clip from Friday, options prices are steep so it makes sense to look to offset some decay on the 20 strike