With stocks there are clear reasons to use a stop loss. For example if the stock has hit a specific point such as your maximum acceptable loss or a critical support level, the stop loss makes sense. With options it is a bit different because there are so many factors that go into the pricing model. You can get stopped out of a trade by something that is temporary in nature and not material in the original sentiment for buying or selling the option in the first place. Spikes and implosion in implied volatility for example can easily stop you out of a trade even though your position may be performing in your favor from a directional standpoint.
An important consideration, especially when placing stop loss on a spread, is to know what method a broker uses to trigger the stop order. Usually, when these trades are triggered, the resulting transactions terms are not very favorable.
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