AAPL Setting Up For Excellent Calendar Spread
What makes a successful calendar spread? It's actually pretty easy to figure out:
1. Buying low overall Implied Volatility
2. The right spread between months
In other words, being able to buy the back month option for a cheap price and then, relative to the back month option, being able to sell the front month option for an expensive price. Here are a few things that don't matter:
1. The time frame of the trade
2. The Theta (if you are using spreads as a theta play and not trading the vols, you will lose)
3. What months are bought and sold
Calendar spreads can pop up in odd places in some of the most active names. For instance, take a look at December IV vs Jan IV in AAPL:
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Notice that overall IV is in the toilet, yet at the same time December is trading as tightly to January as we are used to seeing. This sets up a great spread because even if IV's do fall further, it cannot happen with out Dec and Jan spreading out, and if IV's increase the same is likely to happen. The spread can be put on for between 5.60-5.80.
Notice that, while it has little gamma and a small theta, it has lots of Vega, which we like. We also like being short the relatively expensive month. I have put this on small and will be tracking it, and if it gets much cheaper, it's going to go into the strategy letter at Option Pit. That said, this is a pretty nice set up right now and is super tempting to trade in size.
Buy the AAPL Dec-Jan 710 Call Spread for 5.80 or better, then offer it out at around 7.00
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