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How to Use Stock Options to Lower Our Breakeven Price Points: The Stock Repair Strategy

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Stock options can be used to mitigate losses on shares we own at a higher price than current market value. Some investors will buy more shares at the new lower price and average-down, thereby adding more cash to an already losing trade. This article will detail how stock options can be leveraged to lower the breakeven price point after shares of Axon Enterprise Inc. (Nasdaq: AXON) plummeted after a disappointing earnings report. This trade did not start as an option trade but call options are used in an attempt to mitigate the substantial unrealized loss at the time of the strategy implementation.

Chart of AXON showing price decline after the 5/12/2023 ER (pre- and post-earnings)

How the Stock Repair Strategy works

  • Buy 1 x near-the-money call option ($200.00 long option)
  • Sell 2 x out-of-the-money call options with a strike between current market value and original purchase price ($210.00 strike short calls)
  • The short calls will fund the long call
  • Known as a 1 x 2 ratio call spread

Calculations using the BCI Stock Repair Calculator

  • The breakeven price point is reduced from $215.25 to $207.57 (blue ovals)
  • Before stock repair, the loss per-share is $13.86 (green arrow)
  • The pre-stock repair % stock loss is 6.44% (red arrow)
  • The net option credit after stock repair is $0.12 per-share (purple arrow)
  • The blank cells on the top right are used for final calculations after expiration

Final calculations: 1 scenario if share price closes between the 2 call strikes ($205.00)

Note the following (red & blue ovals):

  • Per-share loss is reduced from $13.86 to $5.13
  • % share loss is reduced from 6.44% to 2.38%
  • The spreadsheet will calculate final results for all other scenarios


The stock repair strategy will lower our breakeven price point by adding little or no cash to the trade. There may actually be an option credit in many cases. We must be willing to sacrifice potential upside profit and understand that we are still susceptible to further share price decline.

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7 Responses to “How to Use Stock Options to Lower Our Breakeven Price Points: The Stock Repair Strategy”

  1. Marilyn October 14, 2023 9:18 am #


    If you have a covered call trade out on a stock that is going to expire in the money, do you favor rolling out or rolling out and up? Also, assume no earnings coming up.


    • Alan Ellman October 15, 2023 1:00 pm #


      Nice going on avoiding ERs.

      There is no 1 correct answer to your inquiry.

      Rolling-out is a more defensive approach to rolling options in that we almost always roll-out to an in-the-money (ITM) strike. We have the additional downside protection that the intrinsic-value component of the option offers.

      Rolling-out-and-up allows us to take advantage of share appreciation, both before and possibly also after the roll. We can roll-out-and-up to an in-the-money, at-the-money (ATM) or out-of-the-money (OTM) strike.

      For example, if a $50.00 call is expiring ITM as the stock price at expiration is $52.00, we can role out-and up to a $51.00 strike (ITM), a $52.00 strike (ATM) or a $55.00 strike (OTM), as examples.

      Bottom line: We favor rolling-out when we want to take a more cautious approach and rolling out-and-up for more aggressive stances.


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  5. Jeff October 20, 2023 1:10 am #


    How much do you factor in the option greeks in your trading decisions?


    • Alan Ellman October 20, 2023 7:05 am #


      Option Greeks are critical in understanding the risk inherent in our option positions. Of the 5 Greeks, I focus in on Delta, Theta and Vega.

      Now, it is not necessary to look up each of the Greeks when crafting our trades. However, it is extremely important to understand the concepts of how changes in share price (Delta), implied volatility (Vega) and time to expiration (Theta) impact our trade positions.

      Once we have mastered these concepts, setting up and managing our positions will become easily managed.


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