After hitting a one-year high of $48.67 in May, the stock hit a one-year low of $15.76 in January. KBH opened this morning at $26.74. So far today the stock has hit a low of $26.50 and a high of $28.86. As of 12:30, KBH is trading at $28.48, up $1.55 (5.8%). The chart for KBH looks bullish and steady, while S&P gives the stock a negative 2 STARS (out of 5) sell rating.
For a bullish hedged play on this stock, I would consider a May bull-put credit spread below the $17.50 range. A bull-put credit spread is an options position that combines the purchase and sale of put options to hedge risk in case the stock doesn't do what you think but still leverage nice returns. For this particular trade, we will make a 4.2% return in just 7 weeks as long as KBH is above $17.50 at May expiration. KBH would have to fall by more than 38% before we would start to lose money. Learn more about this type of trade here.
KBH hasn't been below $17.50 since January and has shown support around $24 recently. This trade could be risky if the housing market gets even worse, but even if that happens, this position could be protected by the support the stock might find around $22, where it bottomed out a few weeks ago.
Brent Archer is an options analyst and writer at Investors Observer.
DISCLOSURE: Mr. Archer owns and/or controls diversified portfolios of long and short stock and option positions that may include holdings in companies he writes about. At publication time, Brent neither owns nor controls positions in KBH.