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LABU Ratio Spread

Jan. 23, 2019 11:05 PM ET2 Comments
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  • Direxion Daily S&P Biotech Bull 3X Shares.
  • Double ratio spread.
  • Adjustment plans.

The strategy will test the integrity of option adjustments on this highly volatile derivative which also comes with rich premium.  LABU trades at $ 43.48 at the end of today's market. Assuming that the options were ordered right before the closing, here is the position:

Buy to open 5 contracts  1st Mar $43.00 Call at $5.5 each ( $ 2750 ).

Sell to open 5 contracts 1st Mar $50.00 Call at $2.6 each  ( $ 1300 ).

Buy to open 8 contracts 1st Mar $55.00 Call at $1.35 each  ( $ 1080 ). 

Buy to open 5 contracts 1st Mar $43.50 Put at $5.3 each  ( $ 2650 ). 

Buy to open 5 contracts 1st Mar $38.50 Put at $3.15 each  ( $ 1575 ). 

Buy to open 8 contracts 1st Mar $35.00 Put at $2.05 each  ( $ 1640 ). 

Total credit is $195 ( friction and trade costs are not included ).

The position will be at risk once the underlying approaches $55 or $35. In that case, an adjustment that include adding positive or negative delta to neutralize the short call or put respectively will be made. To fund the adjustment, a credit spread will be sold in the opposite side, either the same month or on next expiration month. 


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