International expansion is rarely cheap, and for luxury brands, it's expensive. It's a testament to Lulu's leadership that they are able to grow their base and the bottom line simultaneously. The short-sellers have the best of it right now, but the ground is shifting under their feet. The panic selling will subside within a day or two, setting up a buying opportunity.The rule on the street is that it takes three days of selling to wash and rinse out all the weak hands. The first event is a gap lower, followed by two days of unrelenting selling. It's a painful process, but if you have the patience and composure to watch it play out, late Wednesday or Thursday offers the best risk/reward ratio, based on historical norms.
I wouldn't be the risk-hedging advocate I'm known as if I didn't mention writing put options as a strategy. Selling puts allows you to capture a slice of the market fear while lowering your overall risk. Starting late Wednesday, if Lulu shares continue declining, look to sell $60 strike September puts. Investors can lower the total risk of exposure by 15%. At the current option premium price of $2.42, your downside risk is reduced to $57.58 a share and as long as Lulu is trading above $60 on expiration day, you can expect a 4% gain on your capital in about three months. If Lulu does fall below $60 and you're exercised, you can decide if you want to keep the shares (and possibly write call options against your stock), or close out the position. As you can see, your potential loss using options is much lower than if you had bought the shares outright. If you want exact entry and exit points with timing, be sure to watch my Real Money Pro feed as I update my thoughts in in real time. At the time of publication, the author held no position in any stock mentioned. Follow @RobertWeinstein This article is commentary by an independent contributor, separate from TheStreet's regular news coverage.