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TSLA Broken Wing Butterfly Option Trade Targets A Profit Zone Between 160 and 175

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Tesla (TSLA) stock price seems to have stabilized and is holding just above the 50-day moving average.

Today we’re looking at a broken wing butterfly trade that creates a profit zone between $160 and 175. Yesterday, the stock closed around $180.

A broken wing butterfly with puts is a butterfly spread with long put strikes that are not at the same distance from the short put strike.

A broken wing butterfly has more risk on one side of the spread than on the other.

You can also think of it as a butterfly with a β€œskipped strike”.

The trade is usually set up as a slightly bullish trade.

A broken wing butterfly with puts is usually created buying a put, selling two lower puts and buying one further out-of-the-money put.

An ideal setup of the trade is to create the broken wing butterfly for a net credit, in this way, there is no risk on the upside.

The main risk with the trade is a sharp move lower early in the trade.

TSLA Broken Wing Butterfly Example

On TSLA, a June 21 expiry broken wing butterfly could be set up through buying the $155 put, selling two of the $167.50 puts and buying the $175 put.

Here are the details of the trade as of yesterday’s close:

Buy 1 June 21, $155 put @ 1.40

Sell 2 June 21, $167.50 put @ 3.65

Buy 1 June 21, $175 put @ 6.20

Notice that the upper strike put is 7.5 points away from the middle put and the lower put is 12.5 points away.

This broken wing butterfly trade will result in a net debit of $30, which means that the most the trade can lose on the upside is $30.

The worst that can happen is all the puts expire worthless leaving the trader with a $30 loss which is 5.6% on capital at risk.

On the downside, the maximum loss can be calculated by taking the difference between the two widths (5) multiplied by 100, plus the premium paid.Β 

That gives us 5 x 100 + 30 = $530

The maximum gain can be calculated as 7.5 x 100 – 30 = $720

The ideal scenario for the trade is that TSLA stays flat initially and then slowly drifts lower to close around $167.50 at expiration. The main expiration profit zone is between $160 and $175.

The trade starts with delta of 2, so has a very slight bullish bias to start, but that will flip to negative delta closer to expiry if TSLA is still above $167.50.

In terms of risk management, I would set a stop loss of 10% of the capital at risk, or if TSLA broke below $160.

This is what the trade looks like as of today:

You can see the main risk in the trade is a drop in price early on. The blue line is the profit and loss at expiration and the purple line is the T+0 line. T+0 just means β€œtoday”.

So, we don’t want the stock to get into the profit tent too early.

What about in three weeks’ time? How does the trade look then?


Looking a pretty good between say $163 and $190.


This strategy should move fairly slowly unless there is a sharp drop in the stock price.Β 

You can do this on other stocks as well but remember to start small until you understand a bit more about how this all works.

More bullish traders might consider aΒ bull put spread or aΒ cash secured put.

Mitigating Risk

With any option trade, it’s important to have a plan in place on how you will manage the trade if it moves against you.

A stop loss of 10% might make sense in this scenario. If TSLA is below $167.50 near expiry, there will be assignment risk

Please remember that options are risky, and investors can lose 100% of their investment.Β 

This article is for education purposes only and not a trade recommendation. Remember to always do your own due diligence and consult your financial advisor before making any investment decisions.

On the date of publication, Gavin McMaster did not have (either directly or indirectly) positions in any of the securities mentioned in this article. All information and data in this article is solely for informational purposes. For more information please view the Barchart Disclosure Policy here.

The views and opinions expressed herein are the views and opinions of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Nasdaq, Inc.

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