Trading Alert: February 22nd Iron Condor Screener Results

A short iron condor is an income strategy that aims to profit when a stock stays within a specified range over the course of the trade. The trade is composed of four options with the same expiration:

  • A long put far out of the money
  • A short put closer to the money
  • A long call far out of the money
  • A short call closer to the money

The maximum profit is limited to the premium received while the maximum potential loss is also capped. To calculate the maximum loss, take the difference in the strike prices of the long and short options, and subtract the premium received.

Traders should have a neutral outlook on the stock and ideally look to enter when the stock has a high implied volatility rank.

Let’s take a look at Barchart’s Short Iron Condor Screener for February 22nd:

As you can see, the scanner shows some interesting Iron Condor trades on stocks such as METAMCDMSFTTSLAHDAMZN and SNOW. Some of the results are very short-term trades and may not be suitable for all traders. 

Let’s adjust the scanner to make sure we are only looking for iron condor trades with between 15 and 60 days to expiry. This scan gives us the following results:

Let’s look at the first line item – an iron condor on Microsoft.

Using the March 15th expiry, the trade would involve selling the $370 put and buying the $320 put. Then on the calls, selling the $420 call and buying the $470 call.

The price for the condor is $3.43 which means the trader would receive $343 into their account. The maximum risk is $4,657 for a total profit potential of 7.37% with a probability of 79.4%.

The profit zone ranges between $366.57 and $423.43. This can be calculated by taking the short strikes and adding or subtracting the premium received.

The Barchart Technical Opinion rating is an 88% Buy with a weakening short term outlook on maintaining the current direction.

MSFT is showing an IV Percentile of 26% and an IV Rank of 39.38%. The current level of implied volatility is 21.14% compared to a 52-week high of 33.70% and a low of 12.98%.

The next Iron Condor we will look at is on Amazon (AMZN), also for the March 15th expiration.

This example involves selling the $160 put and buying the $140 put, then selling the $180 call and buying the $200 call.

The maximum profit potential is $233 with maximum risk of $1,767 and a probability of 71.0%. The total profit zone ranges between $157.67 and $182.33.

The Barchart Technical Opinion rating is a 100% Buy with a strongest short term outlook on maintaining the current direction.

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AMZN is showing an IV Percentile of 26% and an IV Rank of 16.73%. The current level of implied volatility is 27.47% compared to a 52-week high of 49.28% and a low of 23.08%.

Mitigating Risk

Thankfully, iron condors are risk defined trades, so they have some build in risk management. The most the MSFT example can lose is $4,657 while the AMZN condor has risk of $1,767.

For each trade consider setting a stop loss of 25-30% of the max loss.

Iron condors can also contain early assignment risk, so be mindful of that if the stock breaks through the short strike and it’s getting close to expiry.

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