About Bull Calls
The best bull call strategy is one where you think the price of the underlying stock will go up.
Using a bull call strategy, you buy a call option, and sell the same number of higher striking call options. The calls are for the same underlying stock, expiring in the same month.
- You buy 1 call
- You sell 1 higher strike call
Bear Call, Bull Call, Bear Put and Bull Put Strategies: These pages are initially sorted by descending "Break Even Probability."
Options information is delayed a minimum of 15 minutes, and is updated at least once every 15-minutes through-out the day. The screener displays probability calculations based on the delayed stock price at the time the strategy is updated. The new day's options data will start populating the screener at approximately 9:05a CT.
Main features of the Screener include:
- Ability to add various filters, with hundreds of different combinations.
- Save a Screener: When you've defined filters that you want to use again, save the screener.
- Load a Saved Screener: Select a previously saved set of Screener filters to view today's results.
- View the Results using Flipcharts: Page through charts of the underlying symbols on the results page.
- Download the Results: Download up to 1000 results to a .csv file. The Download will also pull all of the data fields present on the View you use. Barchart Premier Members may download up to 100 .csv files per day.
- Automatic Screener Emails: This option is available for Barchart Premier Members. When you save a screener, you can opt to receive the top 10, 25, or 50 results via email along with an optional .csv file of the top 1000 results. Emails can be sent at Market Open (9:00am CT), Mid-Day (12:00pm CT), End-of-Day (4:45pm CT), and Overnight (3:00am CT) Monday through Friday.
Note: When selecting the Filter View for your Screener email, a filter must identify a specific search value in order for it to be included in the email.
Barchart Premier subscribers can add or modify different filters on the screener to find calls on the most favorable stock options.
Once filters are added, you may drag and drop them in the SET FILTERS tab to reorder the way they appear on the RESULTS tab (when using the Filters View). Each filter you add has the "Order" icon which is used to reposition it.
To remove a filter from your screener, click the checkbox to the left of the filter name, then click the red "Delete" button at the top of the column. You may also select all filters for deletion by clicking the checkbox at the top of the column, which selects ALL filters for deletion. You will be asked to confirm your decision to delete.
So you can focus on the best options, the screener starts by applying these default filters. Filter settings should be adjusted to match your trading requirements.
- Days to Expiration (monthly expirations only) is between 60 and 100 days.
- Security Type is only Stocks.
- Options Volume Leg 1 and 2: for US market, must be greater than or equal to 100. For Canadian market, must be greater than or equal to 1.
- Open Interest Leg 1 and 2: for US market, must be greater than or equal to 500. For Canadian market, must be greater than or equal to 5.
- Moneyness Leg 1 is between 0% to 10%. Moneyness refers to the relative position of the underlying asset's last price to the strike price. When a call option's Moneyness is negative, the underlying last price is less than the strike price; when positive, the underlying last price is greater than the strike price. When a put option's Moneyness is negative, the underlying last price is greater than the strike price; when positive, the underlying last price is less than the strike price.
- Break-Even Probability is greater than 25%.
- The Leg 2 Bid Price must be greater than 0.05
- The Leg 1 Ask Price must be greater than 0.05
- The stock price must be greater or equal to 1.00.
- The option must not be an "adjusted" option (the option cannot be based on a split stock).
Note: "Restricted options" (options quotes marked with an asterisk * after the strike price, and found on an individual symbol's options page) are automatically removed from the screener. A "restricted option" is typically created after spin-offs or mergers, and is not tradeable.
We take the underlying stock price (l), the target price (b), days to expiration (t) and the implied volatility (v) to calculate probability:
Probability Above = 1-NORMSDIST (LN(b / l) / (v*SQRT (t / 365)))
Probability Below = NORMSDIST (LN (b / l) / (v*SQRT(t / 365)))
b = target price
l = underlying last price
v = implied volatility
t = days to expiration
Bull Call Spread Break Even: Probability of the underlying trading above the break even target at expiration.
Bull Call Spread Max Profit: Probability of the underling expiring at or above the short call strike price at expiration.
Maximum Annual Percent Return
Available as a separate filter to add to the screener, the calculation is as follows:
Max Ann %Rtn = ( ( ( (StrikeDiff - MaxProfit) / MaxProfit ) / DTE ) * 365 ) * 100.0
Strike Diff = [Leg2 Strike - Leg1 Strike]
Max Profit = [Leg1 Ask - Leg2 Bid]
DTE = Days till Option Expiration.
Note: The calculation is annualized by dividing the result by 365 (days).
The Results page contains three standard views. You may switch the view using the links at the top of the screener results table. The Main View shows the Volume and Open Interest for each option, while the Dividend & Earnings View can be used to highlight strategies with upcoming dividends and earnings. The Filter view shows you the data contained in the field(s) you've added to the screener.
- Symbol - the underlying equity. Clicking on the symbol will take you to the current quote page.
- Last - the delayed stock price at the time the strategy is updated for the underlying equity.
- Max Profit - the potential return of this strategy. Max Profit is: Leg 2 Strike (Short Call) - Leg 1 Strike (Long Call) + Leg 2 Bid (ITM Call) - Leg 1 Ask (OTM Call) [Net Premium Paid]
- Max Profit% - the maximum profit, expressed as a percent. Maximum profit is achieved when the price of the underlying stock is greater than or equal to the strike price of the short call.
- Max Loss - the maximum loss that the strategy might return, which is equal to the net premium paid (Leg 1 Ask - Leg 2 Bid). Max loss occurs when the price of the underlying stock is less than or equal to the strike price of the long call.
- Break Even - the price of the underlying stock at which break-even is achieved: (long call strike price + the net premium paid to buy the long call)
- Probability - the probability the last price will be at or beyond the break even point at expiration.
- Exp Date - the expiration date of the option
Depending on the strategy, you will be looking to buy (long) one option, and sell (short) another. The next four columns identify the strike price and bid/ask for each long and short option:
- Leg 1 (Buy) Strike - the price at which the underlying security can be bought if the option is exercised.
- Leg 1 Ask - the premium to purchase this option.
- Leg 2 (Sell) Strike - the price at which the underlying security can be bought if the option is exercised.
- Leg 2 Bid - the premium to sell this option.
Dividend & Earnings View
- Dividend - the dividend the equity pays on the Ex-Dividend Date. On the morning of the Dividend Ex-Date, the stock's price is lowered by the amount of the dividend that was just paid.
- Dividend Ex-Date - the first day on which the stock trades without the dividend. If you wish to receive the dividend, you must own the stock by the close of market on the day before the Dividend Ex-Date. Many times, a covered call is exercised early so the buyer can own the stock and collect the dividend. This typically happens to ITM options the day before the Dividend Ex-Date.
- Earnings Date - The date on which a company is expected to release their next earnings report. The prices are more volatile, which tends to inflate the prices of the near-the-money strikes. During a contract period when there is an earnings report due, the earnings announcement can dramatically shift the range in which the stock has been trading.