I’m adding a bit more timeliness to this weekly video slot by moving away from my Trend of the Week series and changing it to “Hot Button Moves NOW” to highlight action you can take now.. Today’s Hot Button Moves NOW video is: Put Options on the S&P Regional Banking ETF (KRE). This is a play on continued trouble in the regional banking sector. New York Community Bank has just been downgraded to junk by Moody’s, (due to its real estate loan portfolio) and has dropped by 60%, taking the regional bank sector along with it. Last Monday I bought puts for April 24 at 14 strike price for $2.09 each and the put price has gone through the February 7 date when I recorded this video. I don’t think this is the end of regional bank trouble so I’ll be holding on to these puts until the bad news subsides. This is a good way to take advantage of some of these dips in the market and hedge risks. For more options and volatility stocks, subscribe to JubakAM.com.
Nearly 20% of outstanding debt on US commercial and multifamily real estate-— $929 billion–will mature this year, requiring refinancing or property sales, Bloomberg reported today. The volume of loans coming due has swelled 40% from an earlier estimate by the Mortgage Bankers Association of $659 billion, a surge attributed to loan extensions and other delays rather than new transactions. About $4.7 trillion of debt from all sources is backed by U.S. commercial real estate. An estimated $85.8 billion of debt on commercial property was considered distressed at the end of 2023, MSCI Real Assets reported, citing an additional $234.6 billion of potential distress.
Yes, it’s a volatile market. Yesterday, May 1, the take from the Wall Street talking heads and JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon was that the banking crisis (or at least this stage of it, to be fair to Dimon) was over. Today, May 2, the fear is that the crisis isn’t over. Regional bank stocks have plunged again with Western Alliance Bancorporation (WAL), for example, down 17.12% for the day as of 3 p.m. New York time. The regional bank ETF, the SPDR S&P Regional Banking ETF (KRE) is down 6.61%. That all means that the August 18 Put Options with a strike price of $41 that I bought yesterday at $2.55 are selling at 3 p.m. today at $4.72. Counting a slight gain from yesterday’s action after the buy, these Puts are up 85% in a day. I’m taking that gain today and selling this position out of my Volatility Portfolio
Special Report: My 5 Favorite Shorts for This Market–short #2 ahead of the Fed meeting (so 3 to come)
JPMorgan Chase’s (JPM) deal today, Monday, May 1, to acquire First Republic Bank (FRC) after the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) regulators seized the bank certainly puts an end to the First Republic chapter of the banking crisis. But there are lots of chapters to go in this banking crisis. So my second short for this market is to buy Put Options on the SPDR S&P Regional Banking ETF (KRE).