tv Options Action CNBC August 27, 2021 5:30pm-6:00pm EDT
hey there, "options action"s fans, i'm leslie picker in for melissa lee. we have a big show on deck here is what is coming up. >> announcer: stocks soar to all-time highs but will rising risks derail the rally? if you think we're in for a september sell-off, mike khouw lays out a way to take some protection plus a tale of two charts in the cloud. chart master carter worth sees the best and worst of times. for two big names reporting earnings next week and later, chew on this.
tony saying is finding big opportunity in this $37 billion company on deck with results we'll lay out the trade. it is time to risk less and make more "options action" starts right now. >> all right, let's get right to it we start with a record finish to the week on wall street. the s&p and nasdaq closing at new all-time highs but mike khouw said beware, there are three risks rising risks that could derail the record run mike, kick us off. >> yeah, so i mean obviously here we are at all-time highs. i i think it is clear that we're at all-time highs because of powell's comments that a lot of people were trying to digest today. those seemed fairly dovish but it is important to remember that he's not going to lay shocks on the market we have a bit fom meeting coming up in september. we are getting prepared for
tapering but of course the tapering, this is a really significant issue. because the fed has been purchasing about $120 billion worth of bonds every single month. about $80 billion worth of treasuries and $40 billion worth of mortgage securities now the degree of that tapering, if inflation risks persist, is definitely a headline risk for the market we saw that in the last taper tantrum in 2018. and another risk i think is certainly we're going to be passing labor day. that may not seem like a seminole event necessarily for markets to essentially say the end to summer, but we're entering a volatile period for the market but september tends to be two of the most volatile months that we typically see. so that presents a risk. and then of course we got a little bit of a taste of geopolitical risk this week. but i think the important thing to remember is that we always
have geopolitical risks. we are always have macro risks but it is when you have those in conjunction with a relatively complacent market, an uncorrected market, a market at all-time highs and has valuations close to those that we saw in 2,000 before we have a significant pull back if tech stocks i think all three of those things put us in a precarious spot. >> tony, what is your take what do you think that means for markets? >> so when you take a look at jackson hole and the price action from the market here today, largely it hasn't changed the base case here but as mike said, we've reached new all-time highs you're here in equities and we see signs of slowdown in the sect half due to the delta variant. we see more geopolitical risks now with afghanistan it is prude ents in my opinion to start looking at buying some protection however the challenge here is the fact that the implied volatility of the market has not moved down significantly here over the past couple of months
so buying protection here is actually a little bit expensive. so this is really where i think it makes sense to take a look at certain spreads to potentially lower the cost of buying these puts potentially on the market >> carter, what do you make? tony said the p word, protection do you agree >> yeah, let me just throw out something that we just worked on team technicals at cornerstone from a statistician. consider the following in the month of august we've made ten new intraday highs in the s&p. that has not happened since august of 1987 and the record number of intra day highs is 11 and that is in 1929 do analogs always play out and does this have to be 1987 or 1929, of course not. but these are the things that start to register when you're having a conversation about the p word protection, how to take measures in the event of a market draw
down seasonally this is the worst period of year we do know that the august, september, october, three month period of all rolling three month periods is the only one that is negative 1928 to present. >> wow well i am no financial historian but you know what happened in 1929 and 1987. so you any this another p word, pull back is coming. mike has a way to use options to take some cover. mike >> yeah, so i think one way that one could consider hedging some of your exposure and really what i'm talking about is hedging a potential correction correction is usually defined as a pull back of about 10% or more it is to take a look at buying put spreads on spy now spy is the etf that tracks the s&p 500 so it is a good proxy for many equity portfolios i was looking out to november, of course that is going to capture that three month period or at least the second two months of it that carter was just talking about
the 440, 400 put spread, when i looked at this today, you spend about $9.70 for the 440 put and sell the 4 hundreds for about $3.95 and spending $5 to buy some protection. now you notice that that lower strike, that 400 strike that selling is about a 10% pull back from where the market is right now. and we're selling that put to mitigate the slightly elevated implied volatility that tony wa just talking about and with the risk factors and the run here, i think that the prices for these options is justified. >> good to know. as the market grapples with rising risks to the rally, one of our traders said there is still big opportunity out there especially as we head into the final days of earnings season. tony, what name are you watching >> yeah, leslie, i want to take a look at chewy. this company has seen incredible growth during the pandemic but i think for investors going
into earnings next week, i think the opportunity here is as it starts to focus on profitability in 2021. if you look at chart itself here of chewy, the stock had a very incredible run to start off the year but that quickly faded and it is been the better half of the year trying to get back up to the 87 1/2 level where it roughly started the year on. and since over the past month or so it has been building a bit of a base above that level and i think going into earnings next week is what carries it a little higher here. and if you look at the business itself, valuations are quite stretched here for this particular business. but if you look at the business, they've been able to sustain multiple quarters of 40% plus of year-over-year revenue growth. so i think these rich valuations are somewhat justified if you look at the earnings itself, the market is implied about a 9 percent move but over the past eight quarters it is only moved on average of about 6% so when you take into account
that the stock is trading at fairly rich valuations which means upside may be limited and the implied volatility are so elevated, the trade structure that i prefer to use going into earnings is to sell a put spread so i'm going out to the october 1st weekly options and i'm telling the $90, $83 vert. i was able to sell the october 90s for about $6.20 and pay $3.20 for the october 1st 83 puts net-net here i'm collecting about $3 or shy of 40% of the vertical width because the stock is down a couple of bucks today i do think for investors who are looking at this trade on monday, you might want to adjust the strikes down by about $2 or so. the 88, 80 on monday morning when you place this trade. >> wi was hoping for purely option puns purchases you were going to say a collar option but tasso kay. mike what is your take on tony's
trade? >> i think in situations where you have catalysted like that, we'll see something called vol suck and that means that the premium of the options comes out once that catalyst has passed and if you could take advantage of that along as the view as tony has done, that is a good trade. in fact, this is one of the higher probability trades that someone could sell options when you is he three things could happen two of them are good if the stock stays where it is or if it goes in your chosen direction, your profitable and since he's using a spread and not selling puts naked, this is a situation where he won't face unlimited down side risk either. >> we're just getting started. for everything "options action" check out our website at cnbc.com and sign up for our newsletter here is what is coming up next. >> announcer: up next, it is chouting with a chance of
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what is the set up into earnings >> well so that is the worst of times one if we're starting with the bad one which is fine. so the issue with zoom, i have two charts we could jump right in the first chart you could see where we are we're at a major inflection point. you call the apex of a wedge or a triangle, it is a standoff but the key is that we know that great ran up, pandemic related and zoom goes from 50 to 600 more than a ten bagger drops 50% and now here it sits in the apex of these converging lines. how does it get resolved you see i've drawn on arrow to the down side. and look at the next chart and we foe at the bottom panel here is relative to the i shares and stock icg and it is broken down through the lower line, the converging line we've already breached so the thinking which is a very weak stock stays weak
and did not do anything except something unhappy in response to the news. >> so bad news first so if this stock is zooming slower, how do you play it mike you have way to doo it? >> so i'm not 100% sure if it is going to zoom lower but i i do think there are significant headwinds and i don't see it zooming higher and one of the things is, zoom is a product i think we all use it, i use it every single day. but of course they do see increasing competition from the likes of teams, which is microsoft product, slack has intr introduced some calling and functions and they are heavily used and the earnings season we've seen high valuation stocks struggle off of fairly good res results and i'm not sure that will happen. and i think there are headwinds and options prices are elevated. i was looking at selling the sent 350, 360 call spread.
when i looked athat today you could collect close to 13 dps for the 350 calls and spend about $9.50 on the 360 net-net you're collecting about 3.5 bucks on this. the price of it may have been adjusted very slightly as the close approach but the idea is very similar to the type of trade that tony was taking a look at, trying to take advantage of elevated options premium and with a trade high profit and picking a direction or at least be neutral on the the stock and i think that is what we're doing here. >> tony, what is your take on zoom >> if you look at the chart, the 345 level is key fact that we broke below that this week is a suggestion of what is to come. especially if you think about the under-performance of zoom relative to its sector and relative to even high beta which has been a relative underperformer here for the market so i think zoom is heading lower and the credit pred that mike is using like what i'm using in chewy makes sense with the 345
level. his break even price on the credit spread is about 353, just slightly above the resistance level. so as long as it stays below 345 or moves higher, the strategy is profitable going into earnings. >> crowd strike also reporting ru results next week. carter item guessing this the best of the times when you look at the charts? >> it certainly is good times. and let's look at the cart two charts the first is just what you see it is. it's a steady up trend and every time the stock has come down to trend you could see the arrows, it is bounced to the penny earnings coming, we gapped up earlier in the week. very purchase price in correlation and the presumption is more to come. and now look at the relative same relative circumstance in terms of what we're prot plot it against as opposed to zoom look at crowd strike to against the i shares tech and software and etf
igv. that is a coiled spring. meaning it hasn't made any relative progress since december but that is the setup for the breakout and we think it is going to do it in response to earnings. >> mike, how are you treating crowd strike >> yeah, so one of the things that carter just said, coiled spring what he's talking about it not that the stock has a level of support but that is it is going to advance and that is one of the reasons i'm looking at using a debit call spread here now i would quickly point out that we saw a lot of bullish activity in crowd strike options earlier this week as people were looking to play earnings on the the upside i'm looking out further than most of that activity which was concentrated in the options that expire a week from today i'm looking out to october the 290, 330 call spread when i looked at that you could spend about $16 for the lower 290 strike and sell the higher strike tor about 5.5 bucks and
net-net your spending under $11 and that is close to the risk reward payoff profile that we like whether cl is a payoff of about three to one so we're spending a little bit of a quarter of the distance between the strikes and giving ourself more time to play out when we're using debit spreads than for the credit spreads. >> tony, what is your take on mike's trade >> yeah, so i quite like this trade because the debit spread gives you a very efficient way to take a directional view he's only risking about 3.5% of the tock's value to get about three to one payoff on crowd strike and this is a stock that i was bearish on last week when it broke below 245. this week is outperforming the sector that carter is pointing out, it outperforming the tech and cybersecurity sector and all of these look good going into earnings. >> we'll keep an eye on that next week. up next, we're taking your tweets we're back right afterhi ts.
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thinkorswim trading. from td ameritrade. welcome back to "options action." tr time to take your tweets they say volume adds weight to price and that is not happening with salesforce which gapped up on more than four times average daily volume to be struggling on a strong tape today. i was long september 3rd, 280 calls in front of the print and they're now down 80% roll out or walk away. tony, what do you say? >> yeah, so i think you're view here on the chart is absolutely correct. volume does add weight to the chart. however, what i think is a
little bit concerning here is the time frame that you're using the options for that particular view because when we think about this type of chart pattern, a breakaway here, usually you need quite a few weeks in order for that to establish and to continue higher here so this is part of why on our salesforce trade last week we used an october expiration and the call spread is up about 35% since we've entered this particular trade so buy yourself more time but you're chart views are absolutely correct. >> kartser, what do you make of the chart views? >> well, so here is the thing. it was -- it lent a lot of weight to price. there was a huge heavy volume up thrust and it was gaap this is a normal reaction. we almost have filled the gap. it is an aggressive buy, and buy more, yes your time frame is a little tough you only have a few days but very bullish circumstance. >> mike, what do you say, roll out or walk away here? >> yeah, i mean obviously rolling out would correct
basically the situation that both carter and tony have identified with only a week to go, you definitely want to give yourself more time when you are taking on long options plays unless they're just related to the catalyst but it sounds like you have a view that goes on a little bit beyond that. >> our next viewer asks, thoughts on the slv silver etf, will it tag 30 by the end of the year, trial to buy some call options? mike, what is your thought >> yeah, so fundamentally i rather like silver but if you've been taken a look at how it is behaving, it would seem that 30 is a long way off from where we are right now. would you expect even if we do get a rally it is probably going to run into a little bit of trouble up around the 26 level so the trade that i would probably use for something like this would be a lower or zero cost call spread, risk reversal selling some perhaps 10% out of the money put an using these proceeds to finance the purchase of an upside call spread
maybe the 24, 26 or the 23, 26 call spread. that would cost close to zero at this point and basically give you a down side buffer of about 10% but give you participation up to an anticipated level of resistance. >> tony, what is your take how do you trade this? >> so i like silver from a charting perspective you have a nice range between 22 and 27 and mike read my mind i think buying makes sense but fund the purchase of the calls so that is exactly how i would play it. >> kartser, how do you look at this chart from a technical stand point? >> sure. i think just in terms of adjusting the 30, the odds of hitting 30 by end of the year are close tozero that being said, there is no reason that you can't get 25, 26 and that is where the overhead supply is. i would be long and play for those levels. >> our next viewer asks will the gap in amazon be filled. carter, what do you think?
>> you bet you so a big winner but then goods into a range for almost a year and rather than breaking out on its earnings it broke down g gaap down. and just as you see netflix criming back now, amazon is likely to fill that gap but break out and make new highs >> mike, what do you think >> yeah, i mean, fundamentally it is really hard to bet against this company i mean, they basically execute in many areas and we continue to see good growth. i think they're getting decent margins at long last, people were asking when is this company to going see profits and now we're beginning to see them. they've invested in the business and done so very wisely and i do long amazon long-term. >> good stuff. thank you so much for being here that does it for us here on "options action. we'll be back next friday at
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