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  • Costco Bull Call Trade (COST) 0 comments
    May 15, 2013 11:30 AM | about stocks: COST, ABE

    This post was originally written on December 14, 2012 at http://www.optiontiger.com/costco-bull-call-trade-cost/

    As expected, Costco (NASDAQ:COST) has settled into its ex-dividend price of $98, after its $7 dividend. It's been at this level for a couple of days. In the medium term, I expect COST to recover this drop as it's a very strong stock.

    So here's the Trade idea - Long Bull Call Trade on COST. But here's the twist - this is an In The Money Bull Call trade

    (click to enlarge)COSTCO-Bull-Call-1

    Strikes - Long 93, Short 98 in the April Series (5 months for expiry)

    Long 93 Call - Debit of $7.2

    Short 98 Call - Credit of $4.2

    Net Debit = $3, Max Reward = $2, Max Return = 67% in 5 months

    10 Contracts, Net Debit (and max risk) is $3000.

    (click to enlarge)COSTCO-Bull-Call-2

    So what's the twist ? This is an ITM Bull Call i.e. The 93 Call is fairly deep in the money, and the 98 Call is exactly At the Money.

    The "edge" in this trade is that this spread already has an Intrinsic value of $5, because COST is trading at 98 right now. But we pay only $3 for this spread. So we get a $2 edge on the get-go. What this means is that even if COST falls by $2 and expires at $96 in April, we would not lose any money on this trade. If it expires anywhere above $98 (and its at $98 right now), we make our maximum profit of $2/share or 67% return in 5 months. COOL !!

    Disclosure: I have no positions in any stocks mentioned, and no plans to initiate any positions within the next 72 hours.

    Disclosure: The author has no positions in any stocks mentioned, and no plans to initiate any positions within the next 72 hours.

    Stocks: COST, ABE
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