Yesterday, we looked at a Monthly Price Chart of Post Holdings, Inc. noting that the stock’s 1-Month Price is trading above the 10-Month SMA signaling a ‘Buy’.
For today’s Trade of the Day we will be looking at an On Balance Volume chart for Ford Motor Co. stock symbol: F.
Before breaking down F’s OBV chart let’s first review which products and services are offered by the company.
Ford Motor Company designs, manufactures, markets, and services a range of Ford trucks, cars, sport utility vehicles, electrified vehicles, and Lincoln luxury vehicles worldwide. It operates through three segments: Automotive, Mobility, and Ford Credit. The Automotive segment sells Ford and Lincoln vehicles, service parts, and accessories through distributors and dealers, as well as through dealerships to commercial fleet customers, daily rental car companies, and governments.
Confirming a Price Downtrend with OBV
The F daily price chart below shows that F is in a price downtrend as the current price is below the price F traded at six months ago (circled). The On Balance Volume chart is below the daily chart.
On Balance Volume measures volume flow with a single Easy-to-Read Line. Volume flow precedes price movement and helps sustain the price downtrend. When a stock closes up, volume is added to the line. When a stock closes down, volume is subtracted from the line. A cumulative total of these additions and subtractions form the OBV line.
On Balance Volume Indicator
● When Close is Up, Volume is Added
● When Close is Down, Volume is Subtracted
● A Cumulative Total of Additions and Subtractions form the OBV Line
Volume flow precedes price and is the key to measuring the validity and sustainability of a price trend.
We can see from the OBV chart below that the On Balance Volume line for F is sloping down. A down-sloping line indicates that the volume is heavier on down days and selling pressure is exceeding buying pressure. Selling pressure must continue to exceed buying pressure in order to sustain a price downtrend. So, On Balance Volume is a simple indicator to use that confirms the price downtrend and its sustainability.
The numerical value of the On Balance Volume line is not important. We simply want to see a down-sloping line to confirm a price downtrend.
Confirmed ‘Sell’ Signal for F
Since F’s OBV line is sloping down, the most likely future price movement for F is down, making F a good candidate for a put option purchase.
Let’s use the Hughes Optioneering calculator to look at the potential returns for a F Put Option Purchase.
The Put Option Calculator will calculate the profit/loss potential for a put option trade based on the price change of the underlying stock/ETF at option expiration in this example from a flat F price to a 12.5% decrease.
The Optioneering Team uses the 1% Rule to select an option strike price with a higher percentage of winning trades. In the following F option example, we used the 1% Rule to select the F option strike price but out of fairness to our paid option service subscribers we don’t list the strike price used in the profit/loss calculation.
Trade with Higher Accuracy
When you use the 1% Rule to select a F in-the-money option strike price, F stock only has to decrease 1% for the option to breakeven and start profiting! Remember, if you purchase an at-the-money or out-of-the-money put option and the underlying stock closes flat at option expiration it will result in a 100% loss for your option trade! In this example, if F stock is flat at 11.96 at option expiration, it will only result in a 4.9% loss for the F option compared to a 100% loss for an at-the-money or out-of-the-money put option.
Using the 1% Rule to select an option strike price can result in a higher percentage of winning trades compared to at-the-money or out-of-the-money put options. This higher accuracy can give you the discipline needed to become a successful option trader and can help avoid 100% losses when trading options.
The goal of this example is to demonstrate the powerful profit potential available from trading options compared to stocks.
The prices and returns represented below were calculated based on the current stock and option pricing for F on 7/18/2022 before commissions.
When you purchase a put option, there is virtually no limit on the profit potential of the put if the underlying stock continues to decline in price.
For this specific put option, the calculator analysis below reveals if F stock decreases 5.0% at option expiration to 11.36 (circled), the put option would make 32.0% before commission.
If F stock decreases 10.0% at option expiration to 10.76 (circled), the put option would make 68.9% before commission and greatly outperform the stock over the same period*.
The leverage provided by put options allows you to maximize potential returns on bearish stocks.
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