The June 20th Couch Potato mentioned "... If prices pull back to the support level (approx. $104) we will consider selling July expiration put spreads to generate more premiums..." The SPY has pulled back below its 200-day SMA - this an opportunity for us to follow through on our trading plan and generate more premiums.

SPY ETF Trade Setup
We are selling a July option expiration put spread
SPY closed at $109.23 on Wednesday (24 days to July option expiration)
SPY is priced approx. at its current 14-day EMA (see SPY chart down below)
SPY is trading close to its 20-day Bollinger Band SMA (see SPY chart)
SPY is well below its 50-day simple moving average (see SPY chart)
SPY is trading just BELOW its 200-day simple moving average (see SPY chart)
Relative Strength Indicator (RSI) is neutral (See SPY chart)
Moving Average Convergence/Divergence (MACD) is bearish but starting to turn up (See SPY chart)

30 day Historical Volatility is 26.26%, Implied Volatility is 23.97%
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 :
$104 calculated based on previous intraday lows and technical support levels
$104 equals the lower price level of our 80% statistical probability range
$105 is the lower Bollinger Band level – Lower solid purple line in the SPY chart below

We want the SPY put 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 July expiration month option series 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 $.62
Total Option Premium Received $620 (Excludes commissions and fees)
Maximum Risk $4,380
Margin Requirement $5,000
10 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 SPY credit spreads are:

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 below the short put) 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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