A basic technical analysis concept is - when price breaks down through support; that support level converts to new resistance. The GLD chart below indicates that concept currently applies to the gold ETF as has it has traded range-bound since the middle of December. Since gold prices appear to have stabilized for now, it appears to be a good time to take advantage of an opportunity to set up February GLD trades.
GLD ETF Trade Setup -----------------------------------------------------------------
We are opening a February option expiration month Gold Shares ETF (GLD) iron condor
The GLD iron condor should 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 February expiration month option series GLD iron condor (based on Tuesday's closing prices). The suggestion is to submit an order to purchase/sell the option strikes prices below. Please confirm the correct option symbols with your broker.
If prices gap down tomorrow the call spread may not be available as published and we will hold off on this trade. Conversely if prices rise sharply then we will probably initiate the call spread at a higher strike price with a similar risk profile as described above.
If prices gap up tomorrow the put spread may not be available as published and unless the gap is filled we will hold off on the trade. Conversely if prices drop sharply then we will probably initiate the put spread at a lower strike prices with a similar risk profile as described above.
Premium Credit $1.10
Total Option Premium Received $2,200 (Excludes commissions and fees)
Maximum Risk $7,800
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)
As with initiating the trade, the decision process for exiting our credit spreads will be simple:
Anytime the market maker is willing to accept a limit price of less than .10 on one of our short strikes, we can buy back all the short contracts and sell the long positions on the same spread. However, if it is a week or so prior to the expiration date, we may be able to hold out for a .05 bid or lower.
If one of our short strikes is penetrated (closing price above a short call or 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.
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