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“Hitting a Put Triple” with Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (NYSE: LOW)

Exit strategies for covered call writing and selling cash-secured puts are an integral part of the BCI success model. In April of 2021, Tom was excited to share with me a series of trades he astutely executed with LOW where he generated 3 income streams with the same stock in the same contract month.


Put Delta explaining price movement in relation to stock price change

Puts have negative Deltas because the price movement of the underlying security is inversely related to put value. If share price accelerates, put value declines and vice-versa. From mid-March 2021 to mid-April 2021, LOW went to the moon and the value of the corresponding puts plummeted. This created huge opportunities for put-sellers of LOW.


Tom’s trades

  • 3/19/2021: LOW trading at $178.44
  • 3/19/2021: STO 4/16/2021 $170.00 put at $2.11
  • 3/28/2021: LOW trading at $188.63
  • 3/28/2021: BTC $170.00 put at $0.40 (20% put guideline)
  • 3/28/2021: STO 4/16/2021: $180.00 put at $1.70 ()
  • 4/12/2021: LOW trading at $199.05
  • 4/12/2021: BTC the $180.00 put at $0.15 (10% put guideline)
  • 4/12/2021: STO the 4/16/2021 (near-the-money) $200.00 put (Tom was okay, if assigned) at $2.45 (hitting a triple)


Price chart reflecting Tom’s trades


LOW Price Chart: Tom’s Trades in Yellow Field


Trade results as of 4/12/2021

The last put strike of $200.00 required a cash amount of $197.55 ($200.00 – $2.45) to secure that final put sale. The net put credit was $5.71, for a 24-day time-value return of 2.9%. The initial trade time-value return, prior to exit strategy executions, was 1.26%.



Position management is the 3rd required skill needed to achieve the highest levels success for our strategies. When selling cash-secured puts, we can take advantage of share price acceleration by rolling puts up and taking advantage of the inverse relationship between put and share value. The 10-Delta requirement remains in place for all management trades.


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9 Responses to ““Hitting a Put Triple” with Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (NYSE: LOW)”

  1. Donna September 25, 2021 2:57 am

    Dear Alan,

    I hold the QQQ with a strike of 377 expiry October 15, 2021.I put this trade on September 21, 2021 when the QQQ was at 366.48 and the delta of the 377 strike was 27 and today the delta is .40. and the QQQ is at 373.

    I have been trading this QQQ for over a year. Up until this current position I had not recently entered any option positions, letting the QQQ just run up. However this does not generate any cash in the account only an equity increase.

    Is there any fancy footwork eg selling weekly calls that will generate a respectable % of cash and allow me to still hold onto the QQQ without having to add in more money?

    The QQQ looks like the October 15 377 strike might expire in the money but I would still like to keep it. Would an early roll up and out be warranted and if so when?

    Thank you,

    • Alan Ellman September 25, 2021 7:30 am


      The strategy you are favoring is closely related to portfolio overwriting with one stock. We want premium but do not want exercise. In these scenarios, we use deeper OTM strikes and sacrifice premium to decrease the likelihood of the strike ending ITM at expiration.

      Two approaches include:

      1. Using 10-Delta calls when initiating the trades.

      2. The the BCI “Expected Price Range Calculator” This is based on implied volatility at the time the trade is initiated and will give an 84% probability of the strike not expiring ITM at expiration using the upper end of the range. The calculator is located in the “resources/downloads” section of the member site (right side; scroll down to “E”).

      An early roll will likely result in a net debit or allow you to roll out-and-up up perhaps to the $379.00 weekly strike with no credit or debit. If there is a price decline in QQQ, it may create an opportunity to close the current trade or allow it to expire.

      For me, rolling decisions are made closer to expiration but this creates the possibility of QQQ expiring deep ITM with a large intrinsic-value component.

      To be more flexible, perhaps you could consider allowing exercise of QQQ if it expires deep ITM and use a different security within the desired price range moving forward. There are plenty of other securities to consider if QQQ does not meet your needs at this time.

      Either way, using the 10-Delta or IV expected price range approach and establishing an upper end to select strikes will make these decisions relatively rare.


  2. Denise September 25, 2021 3:33 am

    Hi Alan!

    I thought you’d like to know I wrote my first “real” call option yesterday!

    Proceeds from option sale $ 165.00
    Amount of buy-down $ –
    Actual option profit $ 165.00

    Option profit $ 165.00
    Upside profit $ 274.00
    Total profit $ 439.00

    Cost of shares $ 8,226.00

    Return On Option (ROO) 2.0%
    Return on Upside 3.3%
    Total return 5.3%

    Annualized return 92.1%

    I did just one contract so I can get the hang of things!!! We’ll see how it goes. Just wanted to tell you that I truly appreciate all your help!

    Best Regards,


    • Alan Ellman September 25, 2021 7:41 am


      Congratulations on executing your first covered call trade. The numbers you shared look quite reasonable as you now enter “management mode”

      The only step that is missing (not included) is the buy-to-close limit order we set up after establishing our covered call trades. This is based on the 20%/10% guidelines. Assuming that this is a monthly contract, the BTC limit order is set at $0.33 ($0.35 if only $0.05 increments are allowed).

      These are set up good until cancelled (GTC), not “day only”.

      Nice work.


  3. Barry B September 26, 2021 2:17 am

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  4. Richard September 28, 2021 2:53 am

    Hi Alan,

    Not sure if this counts as a triple, but here are some ZIM trades I’ve done this month:

    September 2: ZIM trading at $52.53. Sold the Oct 15 48P for $2.25
    September 16: ZIM trading at $60.65. Bought back the put for $0.50
    September 22: ZIM trading at $55. Sold the Oct 15 48P for $1.00
    September 23: ZIM trading at $58.90. Bought back the put for $0.50 (not 20% but a good return for one day)
    September 27 (today): ZIM trading at $55.10. Sold the Oct 15 50P for $1.30

    We will see how it plays out from here.


    • Alan Ellman September 28, 2021 9:30 am


      Sure looks like a triple to me. You managed an initial time-value return of 4.9% up to 8% by rolling your options. Well done.

      Plenty of time remaining for 4-bagger! Keep us informed.


  5. Alan Ellman September 28, 2021 5:20 pm

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  6. Alan Ellman October 1, 2021 12:45 pm

    INMD splits 2-for-1 today. Share price did not drop by 50%. We now are short twice as many contracts at half the strike price.