Market Strategy

Stock Strategy - Build a bear-call spread on DLF

Updated on: Aug 25, 2012




DLF: The stock is likely to move in a slightly broader range of Rs 170-230 in the short-term. A close above Rs 230 will lift the stock to Rs 272. But, a close below Rs 170 will pull the stock towards its all-time low of Rs 165. As long as DLF rules below Rs 380-390, the long-term outlook remains negative.

F&O pointers: The DLF futures witnessed a modest rollover of about 28 per cent. Option trading indicates a neutral view as both calls and puts shed open position in August series. September series did not see much activity.

Strategy: Traders could consider bear call spread strategy on DLF using August series. This can be constructed by selling 190 call and buying 200 call, which closed at Rs 18.5 and Rs 8.9 respectively.

The bear call spread strategy can be adopted when the trader feels the stock is either range bound or falling. In this strategy, the trader receives a net credit (Rs 9.6) because the call he/she buys is of a higher strike price than the call sold.

If the stock falls, both calls will expire worthless and the investor can retain the net credit (Rs 9.6), which is the maximum profit. The maximum loss is the difference in strikes less the net credit received, which is 40 paisa.

MTNL: The short-term outlook turned positive for MTNL. If the current rally sustains, the stock could go up to Rs 46 and even to Rs 56, where it finds major resistance. The stock finds immediate support at Rs 34. However, the long-term outlook remains negative for MTNL as long as it stays below Rs 155.

F&O pointers: Despite sharp gains, the MTNL futures witnessed unwinding of long positions both in August as well as September series. It witnessed a rollover of 19 per cent, which is same as three month average. Options in August series indicate unwinding of open interest. September options were not active. However, a little cue available in September options point to a positive bias, as 40 and 35 calls shed open interest.

Strategy: Consider going long on MTNL futures with a stop-loss at Rs 38. Traders who can bear risk can keep the stop-loss even at Rs 34.5 for a target of Rs 56. Stop-loss can be shifted to Rs 46, if the stock moves past that level.

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Published on August 25, 2012

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