Options Trade of The Day: American Express (AXP)

One of the most interesting “smart money” trades we came across yesterday was with

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 $501,000 that AXP Will Continue to Climb in the Next 3 Months

On Wednesday, October 13, 2021, a pro trader seems to have bought 600 of the January 21, 2022, $170 call options on AXP for $8.35 per share. His outlay was $501,000.

AXP – Options Trade

The trade’s breakeven point is at $178.35, meaning that AXP needs to rise to $178.35 for the call option trade to break even. This is a nearly 6% return from the stock’s previous close of $168.72. And then for every $1 the stock rises above $178.35, our “smart money” trader will make $60,000.

On analyzing the daily chart of AXP, the stock seems to have broken out of a flag pattern (marked as purple color lines). This breakout level would now act as a strong support area. The stock had also broken out of a double bottom pattern and this breakout level would now act as an additional level of support for the stock. All this makes it likely our pro trader is bullish on AXP.

AXP – 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, $170 call options on AXP for $8.35 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

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