SPY ETF Trade Setup
We are opening a May expiration month SPY Bull Put Spread
SPY closed at $131.31 on Tuesday (31 days to May expiration)
SPY is priced just BELOW its current 14-day EMA (see SPY chart down below)
SPY is trading BELOW its 20-day Bollinger Band SMA (see SPY chart)
SPY is right at its 50-day SMA (see SPY chart)
SPY is still ABOVE its 200-day SMA (see SPY chart)
Relative Strength Indicator (RSI) is neutral (See SPY chart)
Moving Average Convergence/Divergence (MACD) is neutral (See SPY chart)

30 day Historical Volatility is 12.62%, Implied Volatility is 14.67% - both numbers are near the lower level of their 52-week range which is considered bullish
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.

The Bull Put spread short strike price should be below defined support levels :
$127 calculated based on previous intraday lows and technical support levels
$127 equals the lower price level of our 80% statistical probability range
$130 is the lower Bollinger Band level – Lower solid purple line in the SPY chart below

We want the SPY bull put spread to generate a minimum .50 net credit on each leg 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 May expiration month option series SPY bull put spread (based on Tuesday'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 $.54
Total Option Premium Received $1,070 (Excludes commissions and fees)
Maximum Risk $8,930
Margin Requirement $10,000
20 contracts traded on each leg (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
As with initiating the trade, the decision process for exiting the bull put spread position will be simple:

Anytime the market maker is willing to accept a limit price of less than .11 on one of our short strikes, 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 one of our short strikes is penetrated (closing price below the short put) AND the delta rises to .65 we will look to close out this spread (buy the short contracts, sell the long) and roll it out to another short strike price. Unless this is option expiration week, do not panic and rush to close the trade, many times the market will reverse itself and remove the sense of urgency. If one of our short strikes has been violated and there is no price reversal, we cut our losses and live to fight another day.

Final Comment
If prices surge again tomorrow the put spread might not be available. We will attempt to initiate this trade over the next few days until the price pulls back and we have a chance to get the credit that we want.

Gregory Clay

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