The Straddle Run
Aug 08, 2013
By Dan Burke, Chief Options Strategist, Walsh Trading, Inc.
The December Corn is currently 461-2 last. The Dec Corn 460 straddle (107 days to expiration) is showing a last value of 49-2. The implied volatility is offered down this morning as the market trades steady. It is my opinion that the bear holds the street and this will give way to more downside.
The November Soybeans are trading 1170 last. The Nov Bean 1180 straddle (79 days to expiration) is showing a last trade of 86-7. The implied volatility is steady as price action continues to give more to the downside. I believe the bear has the street until the next report is published.
The September Wheat is resting 648 last. The Sept Wheat 650 straddle (17 days to expiration) is showing a last value of 23-8. The implied volatility is bid even with the price action moving to the downside again. It is my belief that we will see further downside.
In the last few weeks, I have seen some dramatic downside moves in these Grains. In order to meet speculative or hedging needs, it is my belief that the downside is what needs to be protected. Therefore, I am calling for larger producers to take action by using puts. I would recommend the November Soybean 1020 puts for 5.4 cents, or $270 in cash value. I would also suggest buying the December Corn 400 put for 4.4 cents, or $200 in cash value. Lastly, it is my belief that the large producer will best serve their needs in buying the Sept Wheat 620 puts for 5.1, or $255 in cash value. Please take in mind that funds will need to take some profit before the next report.
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