Covered Call on West Fraser Timber
November 20, 2020
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Covered Call on West Fraser Timber

There is nothing more Canadian than lumber stocks.  On the institutional desks, traders often refer to them as trading the “trees.”  And no stock is more iconic than West Fraser Timber (symbol WFT). During the March COVID panic, the price of West Fraser fell more than 65%, from a high of $65.11 to a low of $21.60. Chart...

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Considering a Long Call Position in Air Canada
November 16, 2020
Bullish Outlook

Considering a Long Call Position in Air Canada

The COVID crisis has been especially hard on airline stocks. The stock price of Canada’s largest airline, Air Canada, collapsed from over $50 in January to $10 in March.  Although the stock has recovered somewhat since then, when compared to other equities the bounce has been anemic. Chart 1: Air Canada (symbol AC) over past...

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Filling the Gap with a Long Call Spread
October 09, 2020
Bullish Outlook

Filling the Gap with a Long Call Spread

During the COVID crisis the stock market declined, but energy stocks were particularly hard hit as the price of oil plunged to levels never before seen.  During the panic selling, one of Canada’s largest energy companies, Suncor Energy (ticker SU) left a gap from $33.52 to $30.19. (A down gap is where the price opens on the...

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Cash-Secured Put Writing on the iShares S&P/TSX Capped Energy ETF
October 05, 2020
Bullish Outlook

Cash-Secured Put Writing on the iShares S&P/TSX Capped Energy ETF

Although the broad Canadian stock market index has almost recovered to its pre-COVID crisis high, there is one sector that has lagged badly.  The energy sector has not recovered to anywhere near the levels seen in early 2020. Chart 1: iShares S&P/TSX Capped Energy ETF (symbol XEG) 2019-2020 Source: Bloomberg For those who...

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Long Straddle with Cineplex
September 11, 2020
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Long Straddle with Cineplex

Before the corona crisis hit, Cineplex was scheduled to be taken over by UK-based Cineworld Group in a $1.65 billion transaction. Cineworld was going to pay $34 per Cineplex share. However, the closing of the Canadian economy due to the coronavirus crisis led Cineworld to claim that there had been a material adverse change...

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Bear Call Spread in the XIU Market
September 09, 2020
Bearish Outlook

Bear Call Spread in the XIU Market

The stock market has rallied a long way from the March lows. The iShares S&P/TSX Equity 60 ETF (symbol XIU) is up almost $8 from that scary day on March 23, 2020 when the market reached bottom. The rally has been steady, with few pullbacks. However, it is completely natural to expect that, eventually, there will be a...

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Stock Repair Strategy Using Options
July 30, 2020
Bearish Outlook

Stock Repair Strategy Using Options

The coronavirus crisis seemed to come out of nowhere. It caught retail and professional investors off guard equally. Almost overnight many stocks fell by more than 25%, and although some have managed to recoup their losses over the past few months, many have not. What is an investor to do in such an environment? One could...

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Harvesting Premium By Shorting Out-of-the-money Calls
July 30, 2020
Bearish Outlook

Harvesting Premium By Shorting Out-of-the-money Calls

Have you ever been in the fortunate position of holding a stock that had rallied a long way, but you were concerned it had gone too far too fast, yet you did not want to sell your position? Or, have you ever thought that the market would go sideways for a while, and you did not expect your stocks to rally? Maybe you have seen...

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A Twist on Risk Reversals
July 10, 2020
Bullish Outlook

A Twist on Risk Reversals

The past few months have been challenging for investors. During the first month of the coronavirus crisis, the stock market fell from record highs with unprecedented speed. Meanwhile, the subsequent rally has been just as befuddling to many. Canada’s most liquid stock index ETF, the XIU, plunged from $27 to $17 (a loss of...

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Butterfly on Shopify
June 10, 2020
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Butterfly on Shopify

Recently the Royal Bank of Canada lost its title as our country’s most valuable company in terms of market capitalization. For two brief weeks, Shopify sat at the top of the heap.   Chart 1: Royal Bank vs. Shopify May 31, 2020 Source: Bloomberg   SHOP’s run has been a sight to behold.   Chart 2: Shopify...

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