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Why I Like the Risk-Reward Setup in 2 Earnings Plays for Thursday

by | Mar 21, 2024

The Micron (MU) bulls did it, they got their massive payday…

The calls we covered in a couple of different newsletters this week exploded higher Thursday morning on the heels of a massive move up on MU earnings. 

Micron closed right above $96 a share Wednesday before the earnings call, and the stock ripped as much as 18% overnight before opening up 17.6%. 

The March 28 expiration, $95 calls (nearly $600K in premium) we covered Monday tripled from Wednesday’s close. 

And the July $115 calls ($324K in premium) we covered Wednesday more than doubled, so those guys and gals are popping champagne.

This has been an absolute banger of a year for the stock market and trading! I’m personally starting to scale down and shift into a more conservative gear after the massive moves we’ve seen. 

I don’t personally love the risk versus reward in long-term swings right now…

That said, here’s something I do like the risk-reward setup in two stocks reporting after the close today… Nike (NKE) and Lululemon (LULU). 

We saw some put buying in these apparel giants… Normally, out-of-the-money puts can be hedges against long stock positions should the shares tank on earnings. 

But I like the risk-reward setup in a potential move lower in an overbought market. 

The two plays are a little longer dated, which gives you more time if wrong. But still, as always, respect that risk and only trade what you’re comfortable with losing!

Wednesday’s Top Order Flow: 

  • LULU May24 Strike: 380 Puts premium: $118,320 ASK BEARISH
    Trade Date: March 18, 2024 Trade Time: 2:19 pm
  • NKE Apr24 Strike: 103 Puts premium: $136,210 ASK BEARISH
    Trade Date: March 21, 2024 Trade Time: 11:03 am
  • COIN Apr24 Strike: 280 Calls premium: $1,238,350 ABOVE ASK BULLISH
    Trade Date: March 21, 2024 Trade Time: 11:26 am


NKE and LLU now seeing call flow and more put action — in my opinion, this is just a coin flip and I wouldn’t even bother taking a trade.

  • NKE Mar24 22nd Strike: 101 Puts premium: $115,500 ASK BEARISH
    Trade Date: March 21, 2024 Trade Time: 3:03 pm
  • NKE Apr24 Strike: 102 Calls premium: $816,060 ASK BULLISH
    Trade Date: March 21, 2024 Trade Time: 2:52 pm
  • LULU Mar24 22nd Strike: 477.5 Calls premium: $216,302 ABOVE ASK BULLISH
    Trade Date: March 21, 2024 Trade Time: 1:38 pm

Note: If no date is listed after the month, it’s the monthly expiration (third Friday). 

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*This is for informational and educational purposes only. There is inherent risk in trading, so trade at your own risk. 

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WRITTEN BY<br>Lance Ippolito

Lance Ippolito

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