March 20, 2023
Here is your Option Trade of the Week, as included in this past weekend’s Saturday Report for our Terry’s Tips Insider Members. It was another post-earnings play, a strategy we’ve had success with of late.
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If You Build It …
They will buy. At least that’s what homebuilders think based on the latest builder confidence survey, which ticked higher for the third month in a row. On Wednesday, the Census Bureau will release February’s residential construction numbers, and the market is expecting gains in starts and completions.
On the company level, Lennar (LEN) reported earnings this week that easily beat on the top and bottom lines. The company also projected home sales for next quarter and the full year that are higher than the consensus analyst estimates. The stock received several target price increases, though no ratings upgrades. The average target price is about 10% above Friday’s close, while the average rating is between a buy and hold. Given that the stock is up nearly 50% in the past five months, it seems some analysts are behind the curve.
The stock is currently riding along the support of its 50-day moving average which came into play after a pullback from a 52-week high hit in early February. The stock pulled away from this trendline after the earnings report, though not far enough to take its support out of play.
Note that the short strike of our put spread is below the 50-day (blue line) and the 20-day (red line), which has turned higher. Thus, the stock will have two pierce two levels of support to move the spread into the money.
If you agree that LEN will maintain its long-term uptrend, using the support of its 50-day and 20-day moving averages, consider the following trade that relies on the stock staying above $97.5 (green line) through expiration in 5 weeks:
Buy to Open the LEN 21 Apr 95 put (LEN230421P95)
Sell to Open the LEN 21 Apr 97.5 put (LEN230421P97.5) for a credit of $0.55 (selling a vertical)
This credit is $0.02 less than the mid-point price of the spread at Friday’s $103.50 close. Unless LEN surges, you should be able to get close to that price.
The commission on this trade should be no more than $1.30 per spread. Each spread would then yield $53.70. This trade reduces your buying power by $250, making your net investment $196.30 per spread ($250 – $53.70). If LEN closes above $97.50 on Apr. 21, both options will expire worthless and your return on the spread would be 27% ($53.70/$196.30).
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