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Free Profits on Groupon Inc (GRPN) Stock After Q4 Earnings

GRPN stock looks like a safe enough trade now that Q4 earnings have wiped some fears away


Jim Cramer said Groupon Inc (NASDAQ:GRPN) “is a beast” today on CNBC. All I know is that if I can find it on Groupon, that’s where I’m buying it. The company isn’t going anywhere, and that’s enough for me to trade GRPN stock virtually worry-free.

Free Profits on Groupon Inc (GRPN) Stock After Q4 Earnings
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I could spend an hour dissecting the technical aspect of Groupon’s price charts and poring over its fundamentals, but I won’t. Why not? Because GRPN options give the flexibility to create income based on the aforementioned logic without even spending a penny out of pocket.

I want to sell downside risk against levels I deem safe. This is, as I like to say, the equivalent of me selling someone else a losing lottery ticket. I’ll collect the premium today, but it won’t be mine to use until the contracts expire or I close the trade. If the price of GRPN stock stays above my level, I win the bet — and whoever bought the lottery ticket loses their price premium to me.

How to Trade GRPN Stock Here

The bet: Sell a GRPN Jan 2018 $3 put for 40 cents to open. By selling naked puts, I commit to buying the stock at that price if it falls below it. So my breakeven price is $2.60 per share. I feel comfortable owning Groupon stock at $2.6 should the worst-case scenario happen. This would be close to the all-time low in the stock.

A really bullish trader could spend the premium on buying calls to further make their position in GRPN stock even more bullish. That’s not for me. I have more faith that buyers will step in to support the stock on dips than I am of chasing the rallies.

Usually I like to balance my trades by selling opposing bearish risk, but in this case, I feel like I would be opening myself to undue risk. So I will leave this trade one-sided as written.

I am not required to hold my trade through its expiration. I can close it at any time for partial gains or losses. Also, I could buy sacrifice May puts for 3 cents if I so feel too worried about a complete collapse.

Nicolas Chahine is the managing director of As of this writing, he did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. You can follow him on Twitter at @racernic and stocktwits at @racernic.

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