Apple Credit Spreads: Targeting 500% Return

Sep. 19, 2008 11:07 AM ETAAPL, GOOG21 Comments
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Using a tried and true options method to capture upside gains in a leveraged fashion while limiting out of pocket expenses, I entered into a credit spread position with Apple (AAPL) with a January Expiration.

I've entered into credit spreads in the past with oil and long strangles with Apple before, but here's the most recent position I've entered and how it works. A credit spread is defined by wiki as:

In finance, a credit spread, or net credit spread, involves a purchase of one option and a sale of another option in the same class and expiration but different strike

I had promised myself recently that if I got the opportunity to buy Apple at 120's levels again, I would do it. After watching this stock yo-yo from 120 to 180+ multiple times, this week provided me the kick in the butt to make something happen.

I bought 2 Jan 155's and sold the Jan 175's to create the spread for a net outflow of $745.

Bought 2 APVAK @ 6.84 ; Sold 2 APVAO @ 3.18

How It Works:

If Apple shares continue to flounder and never reach $155 per share, all the options expire worthless and I'm out $745.

If Apple shares rally, I capture any upside gain past $155, but I'm capped at
$175, for a maximum return of 2*$2000=$4000, or better than a 500% return.

If Apple shares rocket to say, $300, it's OK, as long as I have the same number of long and short calls. I will always be at the $2000 profit per position ($20 per share spread times 100 shares leverage per contract).


Here are the drivers for an upward move by January:

  • Most importantly, the recent decline in Apple's shares are really a result of poor general market conditions and not necessarily

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