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Clean energy is an interesting technology that could change many aspects of life. It could also be the source of profits for long term investors. Short term traders could also benefit from the rapid changes that are common in the sector.
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This news could be the reason the stock price recently moved up.
The stock has been in an up-trend for weeks and could be positioned for more gains.
A Trade for Short Term Bulls
As with the ownership of any stock, buying GNRC could require a significant amount of capital and exposes the investor to standard risks of owning a stock.
To reduce the risks of a trade, an investor could purchase a call option. This allows them to benefit from upside moves in the stock while limiting risk to the amount paid for the options. However, buying a call option can also require a significant amount of capital and includes the risk of a 100% loss.
Whenever an option is bought, the maximum risk is always equal to 100% of the amount of spent to purchase the option. Since options cost significantly less than a stock, the risk in dollar terms will usually be relatively small to own an option.
To further limit the risks of the trade, an investor could use a bull call spread. This strategy consists of buying one call option and selling another at a higher strike price to help pay for the cost of buying the first call. The spread strategy always reduces the risk of an options trade.
This strategy is designed to profit from a gain in the underlying stock’s price but has the benefit of avoiding the large up-front capital outlay and downside risk of outright stock ownership. The potential risks and rewards of this strategy are summarized in the chart below.
Source: The Options Industry Council
Both the potential profit and loss for the bull call spread are limited. The maximum loss is equal to the net premium paid when the trade is opened. The maximum profit is limited to the difference between the strike prices, less the debit paid to put on the position.
This strategy could be especially appealing with high priced stocks where the share price and options premiums are often a significant commitment of capital for smaller investors.
A Specific Trade for GNRC
Every day, we scan the markets looking for trades with low risk and high potential rewards. These trades are available almost every day and we share them with you as we find them. Now, it’s important to remember these are trading opportunities in volatile stocks.
When we find a potential opportunity, we evaluate it with real market data. But because the trades are volatile, the opportunities may differ by the time you read this. To help you evaluate the current opportunity, we show our math and explain the strategy.
For GNRC, the February 21 options allow a trader to gain exposure to the stock.
A February 21 $110 call option can be bought for about $2.40 and the February 21 $115 call could be sold for about $0.92. This trade would cost $1.48 to open, or $148 since each contract covers 100 shares of stock.
The amount paid to enter the trade is the largest possible loss on the trade. This is generally true whenever a trader is creating a debit to enter an options trade. “Creating a debit” means there is a cost to enter the trade. You could create a debit by simply buying puts or calls to open a directional trade.
In this trade, the maximum loss would be equal to the amount spent to open the trade, or $148.
The maximum gain on the trade is equal to the difference in exercise prices less the amount of the premium paid to open the trade.
For this trade in GNRC the maximum gain is $3.52 ($115 – $110= $5; $5- $1.48 = $3.52). This represents $352 per contract since each contract covers 100 shares.
Most brokers will require minimum trading capital equal to the risk on the trade, or $148 to open this trade.
That is a potential gain of about 137% based on the amount risked in the trade. The trade could be closed early if the maximum gain is realized before the options expire.