Shortly after the open today, I filmed my weekly In The Money segment with Fidelity Investments. Click below to watch and see my notes below the video:
Show Notes from today’s pre-open:
Macro: Stock market Investors clearly want Congress and the White House to agree on a fiscal stimulus deal this week or it will likely have to wait until after the election. Even if a deal were announced it would still take weeks to get to those in need and we could see a sort of “sell the news” as the focus will be right back on the election outcome.
I have two defined risk trade ideas, one that works well if there i further stimulus in the weeks to come, and one that makes sense for a pushout, but each is not dependant on stimulus as they both have catalyst specific to them.
Trade Idea #1: SPOT
Shares of NFLX are down 7% after disappointing last night on Q3 subscriber additions, putting their Q4 guidance in doubt. the company had a record first half as it relates to gaining new subs due to the pandemic, but they have pulled forward a ton of demand. Are we likely to see the same in SPOT when they report next Thursday, Oct 29 before the open?
SPOT is up 75% on the year, and up 140% from its 52-week lows made in March. Since making a new all-time high in July after its monster breakout in June the stock has made a series of lower highs and lower lows. The downtrend would get you near the $200 breakout level which happens to be very near its 200-day moving average:
SPOT is a great company with a great product, but they still lose a lot of money, expected to lose $535 million in GAAP net income this year on $8 billion in sales, growing only 81% yoy, not expected to be profitable until 2022.
BUT if they disappoint on sub growth then stock likely headed lower towards the breakout
Yield Enhancement Vs Long Stock: SPOT ($266) vs 100 shares long Sell 1 Dec 300 call at $11.50
Break-even on Dec expiration:
Profits of stock up to 300, plus the 11.50 in premium sold, best case you make 17% if stock 300 or higher.
Losses of the stock below current levels but the $11.50 in premium received for call sale will serve as a 4% buffer to the downside.
Trade Idea #2: AXP
AXP reports Q3 results Friday before the open. The options market is implying about a 3.5% one day move, or ~$3.85 in either direction, which is rich to the average one-day post-earnings move of about 1.5% over the last four quarters.
The stock is down about 17% on the year and about 25% from its all-time highs made in Feb.
The chart has a lot of tension building. Potential for a re-test of Sept lows if the company disappoints on earnings and guidance
Bearish Trade Ide: AXP ($103) Buy Nov 103 – 93 put spread for $3
-Buy to open 1 Nov 103 put for 4.30
-Sell top open 1 Nov 93 put at 1.30
Break-even on Nov expiration:
Profits of up to 7 between 100 and 93 with max gain of 7 below 93
Losses of up to 3 between 100 and 103 with max loss of 3 above 103
Rationale: this trade risks 3% of the stock price, has a break-even down 3%, and has a max gain of 7% down 10% in a month.
Last Week Oct 14 I detailed a near-term bearish trade idea in TXN:
BEARISH TRADE IDEA: TXN ($154.50) SELL NOV 155 – 160 CALL SPREAD AT $2.30
Now with the stock $151, the Nov call spread is offered at $2… if the stock stays below 155 it will continue to decay into Nov expiration.