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Metal Flight Alcoa Trade Alert – Buy AA July $25 Call @$6.25 or less

New Trade Alert for ALCOA
Buy AA July $25 Call @ $6.25 or less



Bounce from bottom is now 20% in the major market measures.


This rally run has put the DOW now 4% away from the all time top.

A former industrial index component, kicked out of the DOW index in 2013, ALCOA down nearly 40% in the last year of trade on tariff troubles.

AA has traded from $25 to $30 for almost three months forming a bottom base.

A breakout above $30 targets a rally run to $35 another 20% above.  AA was at $60 last spring before being cut in half.


The stock is cheap with a PE at 8.

An AA long call option can provide the staying power in a potential larger trend extension.  More importantly, the maximum risk is the premium paid for buying the option.    

The Options Way: Unlimited Upside Potential with Limited Risk 

One major advantage of using long options instead of buying or selling shares is putting up much less money to control 100 shares — that’s the power of leverage.

Choosing an option can sometimes be a daunting task with all of the choices and expiration months.  Simply put, traders want to buy a high probability option that has enough time to be right.

The option strike price is the level at which you have the right to buy without any obligation to do so.  In reality, you rarely convert the option into shares. Simply sell the option you bought to exit the trade for gain or loss.  

There are two rules options traders need to follow to be successful.

Rule One:  Choose an option with 70%-plus probability.  The Delta is a measurement of how well the option reacts to movement in the underlying security.   It is important to buy options that payoff from only a modest price move.  There is no need to ONLY make money on the all but infrequent price explosion.

Any trade has a fifty/fifty chance of success.  Buying options ITM options increase that probability.  That Delta also approximates the odds that the option will be In The Money at expiration. Buying better options are more expensive, but they are worth it — the chances of success are mathematically superior to buying cheap, long shot Out Of The Money lottery tickets that rarely ever pay off.  
With AA trading at $29.35, for example, an In The Money $25 strike option currently has $4.35 in real intrinsic value.  The remainder of any premium is the time value of the option.

Rule Two: Buy more time until expiration than you may need —  Time is an investor’s greatest asset when you have completely limited the exposure risks. 

Traders often buy too little time for the trade to develop.  Nothing is more frustrating than being right but only after the option has expired premature to the market move.



Trade Setup: I recommend the AA July $25 Call at $6.25 or less.  Loss of half of the option premium could trigger an exit.

Looking at the AA, the $25 option strike level is below the one year low. This In The Money option gives you the right to buy at a discounted price not seen in the last year of trade.

The July option has almost five months for bullish development.

The maximum loss is limited to the $625 or less paid per option contract. A stop loss exit could be put at half of the premium paid to limit exposure.

The upside, on the other hand, is unlimited. The In The Money option has a delta of 76% so it will behave much like the stock for a fraction of the cost of owning the shares.



The trade breaks even is at $31.25 or above at expiration ($25 strike plus $6.25 or less option premium). Alcoa was at that level in  December.


A modest move to $35 would see this option gain 75%.



Alan Knuckman

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