What's the name of this strategy?

Discussion in 'Options' started by aeliodon, Jan 23, 2007.

  1. Lets say you have a stock like GROW or HANS - a real crazy stock that could easily go up 100% or down 50%. You don't want to predict, so you just buy both the calls and the puts expecting a big move in either direction. One contract will probably expire worthless and the other will be in the money big. You lose if the volume and volitility dries up and the stock goes nowhere and the profit on one contract isn't enough to cover the loss on the other.
  2. An extremely risky straddle
  3. doli


    Could you save some money by placing a buy stop order and a sell stop order? Would you catch only one side of the move?
  4. I tried that recently on aapl earnings. I bought the cheapest .10 cent options. The problem is that time value eats you up much more than the price can move to make you money.
  5. The big moves come during AH trading, your stops would be useless.
  6. It's called gambling. Not that I'm against that from time to time.
  7. lar


    Buying options when the IV is high is poor business.


  8. On the topic of straddles, has anyone gone long a straddle ahead of earnings (by just a few days) and just tried to play the IV spike? Buy three or four days before earnings on a big-name media-friendly stock (AAPL, EBAY, etc) and close the position the afternoon before earnings come. I guess it would depend on how close to exp your options are, such that theta decay doesn't counter your volatility increase too much. Anyway, I'm sure that this is a common trade, I just honestly haven't done it before...
  9. I only know two options strategies: buy calls and buy puts. Now I know what a straddle is. What's an example of a less risky straddle? I'm guessing applying it on a stock with low IV. Bet then if IV is low then the changes of a big win are low.
  10. IV begins to rise weeks before an known earnings report comes out. A few days before and you are pretty much near the top of the spike. Go to ivolatility.com and enter a ticker for a stock like GOOG or AAPL and watch the IV path.

    #10     Jan 23, 2007