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Bearish Trading REITs Returned 7.5%

In a previous article, “Bearish Trading & REITs“, we outlined a bear call credit spreads strategy for Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs). In the article, a bear credit call spreads position for MLS was selected with a maximum return of 7.5%. Since MLS remained below the short call strike price of $17.5, the position was fully profitable.

The 7.5% was realized over a holding time of 19 days. Since we don’t see any improvement in the real-estate market anytime soon, we’ll revisit the REIT bear call credit spreads strategy one more time.

Using PowerOptions stock options search engine SmartSearchXL, we searched for bear call credit spreads stock options for REITs on October 20, 2006 with a probability of success greater than 75%, no earnings report between now and options expiration and with all options expiring on December 17, 2006.

The results are shown below:

SmartSearchXL Bear Call Credit Spreads Search October 2
Bid Buy
Ask %Return
MLS 17.35 (unch.) MLSLX 06 DEC 22.5 (57) 0.4 MLSLE 06 DEC 25.0 (57) 0.3 4.2


One REIT was found, MLS, the same REIT stock uncovered in the previous analysis with a potential return of 4.2% as long as the price of MLS stock remains below $22.5. With upside resistance at the $20 level this position would have very nice upside protection. It would take almost a 30% move in this stock for the position to get in jeopardy.

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