DIA ETF Trade Setup
We are opening an August expiration month DIA Bull Put Spread
DIA closed at $122.84 on Tuesday (24 days to August expiration)
DIA is priced BELOW its current 14-day EMA (see DIA chart down below)
DIA is trading BELOW its 20-day Bollinger Band SMA see DIA chart down below)
DIA is basically even with its 50-day simple moving average (see DIA chart)
DIA is well ABOVE its 200-day simple moving average (see DIA chart)
Relative Strength Indicator (RSI) is turning bearish (See DIA chart)
Moving Average Convergence/Divergence (MACD) is turning bearish (See DIA chart)

30 day Historical Volatility is 15.48%, Implied Volatility is 18.49% - both numbers are near the middle of their 52-week range with is considered neutral
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 :
$119.00 calculated based on previous intraday lows and technical support levels
$119.00 equals the lower price level of our 80% statistical probability range
$122.00 is the lower Bollinger Band level – Lower solid purple line in the DIA chart below

We want the DIA 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 August expiration month option series DIA bull put spread (based on Wednesday'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 $.79
Total Option Premium Received $1,580 (Excludes commissions and fees)
Maximum Risk $6,620 (include premium received for call spread)
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 DIA put spread 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
Ideally, we would like to wait until approx. 45 minutes after the market opens to try to identify an intraday support level to execute this trade – the objective is to get a good price on the spread. The other alternative we like is to take the best price you can get in the last hour of trading.

Gregory Clay

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