Happy Wonderful Wednesday!

Last week the S&P was down 2 out of 4 days. When the market goes into a downtrend you can buy Puts instead of Calls. Today we are going to look at a Put.

To review past equity candidates, scroll down.

For today’s Trade of the Day, we will be looking at Citigroup Corp., symbol (C). Before analyzing C’s chart, let’s take a closer look at the stock and its services.

Citigroup Inc., a diversified financial services holding company, provides various financial products and services to consumers, corporations, governments, and institutions in North America, Latin America, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.  As of December 31, 2020, it operated 2,303 branches primarily in the United States, Mexico, and Asia. Citigroup Inc. was founded in 1812 and is headquartered in New York, New York.

On the ADX indicator below the chart, notice how the red -DI line is on top of the +DI line (green) and the ADX.  The black line of the ADX line has turned up. These are all signals of building bearish strength with the thought that price may move down.

For those who want more info on ADX, I give more details in the section below, or scroll down to the trade info.

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Average Directional Index (ADX) Points to Direction and Strength

ADX is an easy indicator to interpret.  The +DI line (green) is bullish and when it is on top, it suggests price is going to head up.  When the -DI line (red) is on top, it suggests price is going to drop.

The black line is the strength line and when it heads up, it is telling you strength is moving into the DI line that is on top and in control.  When the ADX line has been heading down, the DI line on top has been weakening and is ready for a change.

When the DI lines swap places and cross up and the ADX heads up, it suggests strength is moving into the new DI direction. 

ADX signal = Profit Payout

Each candle on the chart represents price movement of a week.  As the +DI heads up and moves further above the black line and both rise above the red line, it suggests there is bullish strength that could continue to grow, especially once the black line starts to turn up.   If price continues to rise, the ADX line (black) will continue to turn to head up to imply that strength will continue to support the trade.  If the ADX is heading up, it means it is supporting the bullish- up direction.  The opposite is true if the -DI line heads up to cross the +DI line – this suggests bearish strength and a climb in price. If the ADX line heads up while the red line -DI is on top, is it saying strength is building into the downward direction.

I am looking at its chart and possible trade on Monday, but the pattern looks as if it is in a downtrend and will continue. The -DI may continue heading up if price keeps falling.  You don’t want to consider entry if the current candle doesn’t move below 58 or if the -DI line were to turn down and drop below the ADX.   

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C’s Potential Trade

Please note and remember that I am typing this on Monday, two days before you receive it and the information, I am sharing could change over those two days and is intended to share the opportunities that options offer us.

Citigroup Corp. (C) has been heading down for a few weeks, suggesting that the downtrend is strong.  It appears to be ready to head lower and the -DI has crossed up, if this continues, the pattern should remain intact as price keeps falling.  Notice the -DI is above the +DI line on the chart above. We want the -DI to stay above the +DI (red line above green) to consider a Put trade.  Then we’ll hope the ADX continues its upward strength.

Price is likely to fall further and move past the 58 entry. Its first target is 54 as the -DI (red line) stays above and the ADX (black line) continues to head up. Its current downtrend should remain intact, and price should continue to fall, perhaps even go lower. We will keep an eye on C over the next couple weeks.

To buy shares C today, price would be approximately $59. It would be silly to buy shares if you expect price to drop as we do.  You’d wait until it hit a bottom and started to rise again. 

This said, option trading offers the potential of a smaller initial investment and higher percentage gain even when price is expected to rise or fall.   Let’s take a look.

If you bought one Put option contract covering 100 shares of C’s stock with a March 18th expiration date for the $55 strike premium would be approximately $1.04 today or a total of $104 per contract.  If price fell the expected $5, the premium might increase approximately $2.50 to $3.54 per share on your 100-share contract. This is a gain of $250 on your $104 investment or a 240% gain over a couple weeks.

Remember you can close an option trade anywhere along the line before expiration to take gains or stop a loss.

Options can offer a win, win, win trade opportunity. They often offer a smaller overall investment, covering more shares of stock and potentially offer greater profits.

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Your for a prosperous future,

Wendy Kirkland

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Review of Past Candidates:

Last week we talked about buying MCD March 18th 240 Puts.  On 2/23 the premium was $3.45.  On Thursday you could have sold for $4.00. We will continue to watch this trade.

Two weeks ago we discussed buying CAT March 18th Puts with the 195 strike. The premium would have been $3.40 on 2/16.  On 2/18 the premium is $7.85 which is 131% profit. On 2/24 you could have sold for $11.95 which is 351%.  We will continue to watch this trade to see if it goes up any further.