Option Trade of the Day: Snap (SNAP)

One of the most interesting “smart money” trades we came across yesterday was with Snap Inc. (NYSE: SNAP).

If you’re new here, a “smart money” trade is a relatively large volume option trade most likely made by a pro trader. The idea is to analyze unusual options activity, identify an interesting “smart money” trade, and then make our best guess as to:

  1. Which direction the trader thinks the stock is headed
  2. How much they think it will rise (or fall), and
  3. In what time frame this will all happen.

If we like what we see after putting all these pieces together, we can mimic the “smart money” trade (on a smaller scale), and potentially ride alongside our pro trader to profits. With all this in mind…

A Pro Trader Just Bet $16,800,000 that SNAP Will Continue to Climb in the Next 4 Months

On Friday, September 24, 2021, a pro trader seems to have bought 10,000 of the January 21, 2022, $70 call options on SNAP for $16.80 per share. His outlay was $16,800,000. 

SNAP – Option Trade

The trade’s breakeven point is at $86.80, meaning that SNAP needs to rise to $86.80 for the call option trade to break even. This is a nearly 4% return from the stock’s previous close of $83.11. And then for every $1 the stock rises above $86.80, our “smart money” trader will make $1,000,000!

On analyzing the chart of SNAP, the stock seems to be trading above the breakout level of a flag pattern (marked in blue color lines). This flag pattern breakout level (marked as a blue color dotted line) would now act as a strong support level. The stock has also broken out of a consolidation area at around $80 (marked as a pink color dotted line), which would now act as another layer of support for the stock. All this makes it likely our pro trader is bullish on Lucid Group, Inc.

SNAP – Daily Chart

This lends credence to our conclusion that the pro bought these call options, as opposed to selling them.

If you agree and would like to mimic this trade, here’s how:

Buy to open the January 21, 2022, $70 call options on SNAP for $16.80 or better.

As always, depending on your risk appetite, do remember to set a stop-loss for the options trade to avoid significant losses.

Happy Trading!

— Trades of The Day Research Team