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Time to Throw Some Chips In the Pot With Micron Technology, Inc. Stock

Buying a call calendar spread to position for a short term pop in MU

By Tim Biggam, InvestorPlace Contributor

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Shares of Micron Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ:MU) got hammered yesterday after UBS slapped a sell rating on Micron stock owing to pricing concerns. MU has now fallen nearly 20% over the past 10 trading days since closing at a multiyear high of $61.07 on March 21.

Some of the carnage is warranted as Micron stock had been a big out-performer recently. I now feel that the selling is getting way overdone and look to be a buyer on further weakness.

In my previous post on Micron stock from March 12,  I had a decidedly bearish viewpoint on MU shares when they were trading at the $60 area. That view proved to be prescient as Micron stock has subsequently fallen sharply. Now that Micron stock is priced below $50, my bearish outlook has tempered dramatically — because price does matter.

The drubbing over the past couple weeks has taken Micron stock to a P/E multiple of only 5.96, dirt cheap even by MU standards.

Granted, earnings last quarter missed by a penny, coming in at $2.82 per shares versus analyst estimates of $2.83. But the price paid by MU shares for a penny earnings miss is certainly beginning to reach extremes that even former bears like me find intriguing.

On a technical take, Micron stock is getting extremely oversold, with MACD now at the lowest levels over the past year by a wide margin. A 20% drop in two weeks time also smacks of capitulation.


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There is also major downside support lurking at the $47 level in addition to the 100 day moving average of $46.72.

The implied volatility (IV) of MU options is at the 39th percentile, meaning option prices are just slightly cheap. This favors spread strategies when constructing trades. So to position for a short term counter trend rally in Micron stock, a call calendar spread makes intuitive sense.

Micron Stock Trade Idea

Buy MU May $55 Calls and sell MU Apr $55 calls for a $1.20 net debit

Maximum risk on the trade is $1.20 per spread. Ideally Micron stock closes near $55 at April expiration to realize the maximum gain. The trade structure also allows selling additional shorter-term weekly calls if the April options expire worthless to harvest even more premium.

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