There is a number of reasons why Crude Oil could move lower in the coming weeks: Higher / earlier than expected exports from Iran, Interest hike in the US, economical problems in China, seasonals. Thus, I prefer to hold short calls (CLZ C70).
While I am writing these lines CLU makes a new low ...
OESW5 P1700 is an end of month (EOM) contract not a weekly contract. It may have more OI now but the monthly contract will surpass it quickly.
As long as the market makers are there, then there will be no problem getting in and out of positions. The bid/ ask spread may be wide but I have found that I get filled about half way between bid/ask. Never place offer to sell at the bid price. The market maker will come up in most cases.
As far as I know OX is the only one I have found that doesn't allow you to do an option with no OI. Others are OK with it. Check with your broker.
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For those who occasionally hedge positions here are some possibilites.
Futures contracts have no time value. They are pure delta. Today if you were to
purchase an ESU5 futures contract you would have delta of + 50, and a margin requirement
of $5000. (Per TOS) . Or you could buy a ESU5/ESQ5 2105 call and sell a ESU5/ESQ5 2105 put and have a margin requirement of $4963 and a delta of + 50 (per TOS). The futures contract
and the synthetic combination are almost identical. The differences are commissions and the fact that
the synthetic can have some usually small time value. You can construct synthetic futures for
products that do not have normal futures contracts. For IBM you could buy a 160 Sept call and
sell a Sept 160 put and have a delta of 100, but Reg T margin would be astronomical.
(I am assuming that IBM does not have futures contracts.)
There is a variation of the synthetic futures contract that I call a partial synthetic.
Suppose you have a position in crude (CL) and you want a positive delta of 30 to balance
your position to near delta zero. (Just as an example.) Your position is not near your exit point, but you still want to mitigate your delta risk. You can sell a put with a delta of 15 and buy a call with a delta
of 15. Today you could buy a CLU5/LOV5 57.5 call and sell a CLU5/LOV5 43 PUT and have a
delta of + 30 with a margin requirement of 2600 (Per TOS). Some advantages of the partial synthetic are that they are flexible, can be used for positions that have some delta risk but are not
near an exit point, may reduce the overall margin requirement of your position, and affect the greeks
of the position very little. Unlike futures and synthetic futures, the partial synthetics do have a time
component (time decay). In the above example (CL) any gains or losses between the short put and the
long call will decay to approximately zero at expiration. Below the short put and above the long call
the partial synthetic behaves as a futures contract.
Just some thoughts for those that occasionally hedge positions.