One of the exciting changes to Weekly Options is the addition of 5 consecutive Weekly Option expiration on stocks. I first wrote about this here regarding how this would enhance short-term trading in stocks using $AAPL as an example.
This week we had an earnings event in $RIMM and it just so happened that this new schedule was available for this stock. Awesome. Because I frequently use Options to do pre-earnings trades, this added a LOT more choices in constructing a trade.
I ultimately settled on this trade:
- Long the stock
- Short the January 4 13.5 Put
- Long the January 11 13.5 Put
- This Put Calendar cost me $.16
Without the availability of all Weekly’s up to the January Monthly expiration, I would have only had the choice of using the following Weekly & Monthly expirations. This flexibility allowed me to shorten my time-frame on the Put Calendar but still providing the protection I wanted since this is an event trade. What a deal.
Here is how the trade unfolded:
Weekly Option schedule: http://www.cboe.com/micro/weeklys/availableweeklys.aspx