Monday might have been Valentine’s Day, but there weren’t any champagne bottles popped or roses passed out in the stock market.
The week is starting off slow and choppy with headlines about Russia and Ukraine hanging heavy over Wall Street.
The S&P 500 dipped as much as 1.2% before markets whipsawed to a flat finish.
Things are looking brighter on “Turnaround Tuesday” as tensions in Eastern Europe showed signs of cooling off.
That news helped pop all of the indexes back in the green, though institutional order flow is still light.
When the news cycle blows the markets around the way it has this week, it can be tough for traders to find shelter from the storm…
We can only trade what’s in front of us, so those who can’t stand to stay on the sidelines should look to limit their risk with earnings options spread strategies…
Limit Risk in Choppy Markets Through Earnings with Options Spread Strategies
You don’t need to hang around the New Money Crew for long to know we like to trade short-term catalysts aggressively…
And in uneasy times like this, that can be a tall order as market makers spike the implied volatility and options premiums.
That can make trading to the upside even harder as the expected move in the option needs to be even bigger to make the possible reward worth the risk.
What could be the silver lining in all of this is there are several tech companies with weak charts slated to report earnings this week… names like Palantir Technologies Inc. (NYSE: PLTR) and Roku Inc. (Nasdaq: ROKU).
Traders who are uncomfortable swinging for the fences buying straight put options can look to limit risk with earnings options strategies like bear put spreads…
A bear put spread is a strategy involving two different put options… You buy one put with a higher strike price, and sell one short put with a lower strike price.
Both puts need to have the same underlying stock and the same expiration date, and the trade gains in value when the underlying stock price moves to the downside.
Of course, with any spread option strategy, you want to make sure your max return is worth the risk — especially during earnings.
Check out the quick video below and let me show you what kind of risk-reward setup I look for when taking an earnings options spread strategy trade. The example here is to the upside, but the same principle applies when looking for downside returns.
Just remember to be careful out there — trade small and stay nimble.
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