Wednesday, May 20, 2015

BBY Analysis

Update 5/26/2015: BBY gained enough from its post-earnings collapse of implied volatility that exited the position to avoid further time risk.

Shares declined by 0.8% over six days, or a -48% annual rate. The optons position produced an 82.8% yield on debit, for a +5,037% annual rate.

The consumer electronics retailer Best Buy Co. Inc. (BBY), headquartered in Richfield, Minnesota, publishes earnings Thursday before the opening bell.

I shall use the MAY5 Weeklys series of options, which trades for the last time nine days hence, on May 29.

[BBY in Wikipedia]



Click on chart to enlarge.
BBY at 10:20 a.m. New York time, 30 days hourly bars
Implied volatility stands at 40.1%, which is 3.1 times the VIX, a measure of volatility of the S&P 500 index. BBY’s volatility stands at the peak of its most recent rise.

Ranges implied by options and the chart
WeekSD1 68.2%SD2 95%Chart
Implied volatility 1 and 2 standard deviations; chart support and resistance

The Trade

Given the downtrending bias of the chart, I've shifted the trade slightly to the downside in order to improve the risk/reward ratio, leaving $1.15 of the one standard deviation range beyond the profit zone.
Iron condor short the $35 calls and long the $36 calls,
short the $31 puts and long the $30 puts
sold for a credit and expiring May 30
Probability of expiring out-of-the-money


The risk/reward ratio stands at 1.1:1. The premium is $0.47 ($0.33 for the calls and $0.14 for the puts).

Decision for My Account

I've opened a position in BBY as described above.

-- Tim Bovee, Portland, Oregon, May 20, 2015


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