Short term
Trade view / 01 June 2016 at 14:38 GMT

#SaxoStrats: USO double top suggests put spread trade

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USO, the exchange-traded fund that follows the WTI crude oil price, made a double top on the chart at $12.12/12.13 on May 26 and May 31 respectively.

Stochastics and RSI are giving a selling signal.

Let's buy the Jun16 $11.50/10.50 put spread to play a 50% retracement of the last bullish wave ($8.99/12.13 on $10.56).

USO Daily Bar Chart
Entry: Buy 10 Jun16 11.50/10.50 put spread at $0.24
=> Buy 10 Jun16 11.50 put at $0.30
& Sell 10 Jun16 10.50 put at $0.06

Maximum profit at expiry is limited
Maximum profit at expiry achieved when underlying price =< short strike price
At expiry maximum profit  = long strike price minus short strike minus premium paid
= $11.50 - $10.50 - $0.24
= $0.76

For 10 put spreads you pay a premium of $240 ($0.24 x 100 ETF x 10 lots) to receive a profit of $760 ($0.76 X 100 ETF X 10 lots) if the market closes at or below $10.50 at expiry.

Return on investment if the market closes at or below $10.50 at expiry
= profit/premium x 100
= $760/$240 x 100
= 316.66%

Maximum loss
Maximum loss is limited to premium paid
Maximum loss is $0.24, or $240 for 10 put spreads

Break even point at expiry
Long strike - premium paid
$11.50 - $0.24  = $11.26

Target: $10.50 or below

Time horizon: 16 days

USO 5-year chart
USO 5 Years Chart

— Edited by John Acher

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02 June
Philidor Philidor
Hi! Have you changed your view during the last 24 hours?

You can buy the $11.50 15-day put outright now for $0.16, or a $11.5-$11 put spread for as little as 0.08. Trading costs put a bit of a dampener on the last one, before we get carried away, but still :-)
03 June
Patrice Henault Patrice Henault
No I haven't. Stochastics, RSI and MACD are bearish and my break even point at expiry is $11.26
06 June
Philidor Philidor
Sorry for the late reply. I wish there was a way to get notifications for comments.

I didn't enter this trade, and I'm not going to with the dollar on the backfoot. I'm still pretty sure oil will get its return to realities though, the question is when.


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