Option Trade of The Day: Lowe’s Companies (LOW)

One of the most interesting “smart money” trades we came across yesterday was with Lowe’s Companies Inc. (NYSE: LOW).

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 $1,431,400 that LOW Will Continue to Climb in the Next ONE Week

On Friday, January 14, 2022, a pro trader seems to have bought 340 of the January 21, 2022, $200 call options on LOW for $42.10 per contract. Her outlay was $1,431,400. 

Interestingly, there seem to be multiple option trades done for LOW yesterday, for the same strike price and expiration date, with the total amount translating to multi-million dollars.

LOW – Option Trades

The trade’s breakeven point is at $242.10, meaning that LOW needed to rise to $242.10 for the call option trade to break even. This is near the stock’s previous close of $243.40. And then for every $1 the stock rises above $242.10, our “smart money” trader will make $34,000!

On analyzing the daily chart of LOW, the stock seems to be forming a flag pattern (marked as blue color lines). a flag is a bullish pattern and a breakout from it usually results in the stock moving higher. This makes it likely that our pro trader is bullish on LOW.

LOW – 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, $200 call options on LOW for $42.10 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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