How We Got Short Solar City Corp (SCTY)

SolarCity Corporation (SCTY) is a renewable energy company based in California. The company’s stock is currently trading around $29.77 in today’s session and is lower by nearly 22% on the day. The stock has had absolutely dismal performance this year falling nearly 45% year to date. The stock is lower today on quarterly earnings and our head catalyst trader was short ahead of earnings. Here’s how he set up his trade and knew to get short.

SCTY had a bearish historical earnings performance record having sold off 7 of the past 10 quarters with an average move of 7.67%. The chart was also showing bearish patterns going into the release of earnings. The stock was trading well below the Ichimoku Cloud and was also below both of its major moving averages. The cloud was also aggressively sloping lower going into the report. AlphaShark’s AlphaTracker indicator was also showing institutional money positioned net short ahead of the report. With those factors in mind it appeared that SCTY was setting up well for a short.

Using the options market our trader calculated an implied move of $4.25 by today’s close in SCTY. Using this measure a downside target of $33.95 was calculated and an options spread was selected

Trade: Bought the SCTY Oct 30th Weekly 36-34 Put Spreads for $0.55
Risk: $55 per 1 lot
Reward: $145 per 1 lot
Breakeven: $35.45

As the stock gapped lower this morning and continued to sell off our trader was able to exit this spread for $1.98 more than tripling his money overnight.