Analyzing a Rolling-Up Covered Call Writing Trade: A Real-Life Example with Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: SBGI)

Covered call writing exit strategies include rolling-out and rolling-out-and-up but what about rolling-up in the same contract month? On January 4, 2021, Court shared with me a series of trades she executed with SBGI where a covered call trade was rolled-up as share price accelerated. This article will dissect all aspects of the trades and come to several trading perspective.


Court’s trades

  • 12/14/2020: Buy 100 x SBGI at $28.19
  • 12/14/2020: Sell-to-open (STO) 1 x 1/15/2021 $29.00 call at $1.70
  • 1/4/2021: Buy-to-close (BTC) the $29.00 call at $3.50
  • 1/4/2021: Sell 100 shares SBGI at 32.16
  • 1/4/2021: Buy 100 x SBGI at $32.15
  • 1/4/2021: STO 1 x 1/15/2021 $32.00 call at 1.35


Initial calculations with the Ellman Calculator


SBGI: Initial Time-Value Calculations

The spreadsheet shows an initial 12-day time-value return of 6% with the possibility of an additional 2.9% should SBGI move up to the $29.00 strike price at expiration. This results in a maximum return of 8.9%.


Calculating the time-value cost-to-close using the “Unwind Now” tab of the Elite and Elite-Plus Calculators


SBGI Calculating the Time-Value Cost-To-Close


The time-value cost-to-close is 1.21%, lowering our max return from 8.9% to 7.7%.


Court’s 2nd trade in the same contract month (cost-basis is $29.00)

SBGI: 2nd Trade in the Same Contract Month

The spreadsheet shows an additional initial time-value return of 3.8%.


Discussion and analysis

  • The initial trade had a max return of 8.9% (6% + 2.9%). That’s where the trade stood on 1/4/2021
  • When the short call was rolled, there was no need to sell the stock for $32.16 and buy it back for $32.15
  • The calculator shows a cost-to-close of 1.2% which makes sense (8.9% – 1.2% = 7.7%)
  • The new trade depends on SBGI remaining at or above the appreciated $32.15 price
  • My preference when stock value moves up and option value approaches zero (not the case here), is to close the entire position and enter a new one where the initial time-value return is at least 1% more than the time-value cost-to-close.
  • On 1/4/2021, no action was needed.


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