DIA ETF Trade Setup
We are opening an August expiration month DIA Bear Call spread
DIA closed at $101.51 on Thursday (44 days to August expiration)
DIA is priced ABOVE its current 14-day EMA (see DIA chart down below)
DIA is basically EVEN with its 20-day Bollinger Band SMA (see DIA chart)
DIA is trading BELOW its 50-day simple moving average (see DIA chart)
DIA is BELOW its 200-day simple moving average (see DIA chart)
Relative Strength Indicator (RSI) has turned neutral (See DIA chart)
Moving Average Convergence/Divergence (MACD) is basically neutral (See DIA chart)

30 day Historical Volatility is 23.82%, Implied Volatility is 21.91%
Upper range standard deviation is .84162, the lower range is -.84162
Use the number of days to expiration, volatility number and the standard deviation to calculate the 80% statistical probability for the option price to close within our short strikes at expiration.

We want the DIA Bear Call short strike to exceed defined resistance levels :
$106 calculated based on previous intraday highs and technical resistance levels
$105 equals the upper price level of our 80% statistical probability range
$106 is the upper level of the Bollinger Band – Upper solid purple line in the DIA chart below

We want the DIA call spread to generate a minimum .50 net credit AND we prefer that the short strikes fit our statistical probability profile (80% chance all the options will expire worthless and we get to keep most of the sold premium). The spread in tables below comply with our trading rules for initiating the August expiration option series Bear Call Spread (based on Thursday's closing prices). The recommendation is to submit an order to purchase/sell the option strikes prices below. Please confirm the correct option symbols with your broker.

Premium Credit $.75
Total Option Premium Received $1,500 (Excludes commissions and fees)
Maximum Risk $8,500
Margin Requirement $10,000
20 contracts traded (number of contracts can be increased or decreased based on risk tolerance and/or funds available to trade; this will impact Total Premium Received, Maximum Risk amount, and Margin Required)

Exit Plan
The rules for exiting the August expiration DIA bear call credit spread is:

Anytime the market maker is willing to accept a limit price of less than .11 on the short strike, buy back all the short contracts and sell the long positions on the same spread. However, if it is a few days prior to the expiration date, we may be able to hold out for a .05 bid.

If the short strike is penetrated (closing price above the short call) AND after market close, if the delta associated with the short strike is .65 or higher, we will look to close out this spread (buy the short contracts, sell the long) and roll it out to another short strike price.

Gregory Clay

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