Apple’s maximum pain

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Apple’s maximum pain

We make a few assumptions:

  1. Options are written more by market makers,
  2. Market makers carry inventory and rebalance,
  3. Rebalancing of options are related to the underlying asset’s trade.

As options’ expiration nears, there is an optimal (underlying asset) price point for which option payout to option holders is minimum. This optimal point it referred to as maximum pain.

As underlying asset price increases, call options’ payout increases. As it decreases, put options’ payout increases. Thus, maximum point is the optimal (minimum) payout.

Sample outcome:
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Maximum pain is 455. If this theory is correct, we should see 455 by June 22, 2013. We should at least see a price increase from todays 431.77 level towards 455.


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