Thursday, May 7, 2015

JD Analysis

Update 5/16/2015: My JD position expired out of the money for maximum profit. Shares rose by 1.5% over nine days, or a +62% annual rate. My options positon produced a 100.0% yield on debit, for a +4,056% annual rate.

The e-commerce company JD.Com Inc. (JD), headquartered in Beijing, China, publishes earnings before the opening bell on Friday.

I shall use the regular monthly MAY series of options, which trades for the last time eight days hence, on May 15

The goal of my trades is to construct direction-neutral positions with a zone of profitability at expiration covering all of the one standard deviation range implied by volatility and options pricing, or the 30-day hourly chart support and resistance range, whichever is wider.

[JD in Wikipedia]


Click on chart to enlarge.
JD at 10:38 a.m. New York time, 30 days hourly bars
Implied volatility stands at 52.4%, which is 3.3 times the VIX, a measure of volatility of the S&P 500 index. A nearer term analysis concludes that JD’s volatility stands at the peak of its most recent rise; a longer-term analysis, in the 67th percentile.

JD reached an all-time high of $36.75 in April. The price has been in a strong uptrend since December 2014, when it hit a correction low of $21.78.

That low is too distant to serve as a reasonable support level. I'll use a far less significant reversal as a poor substitute, but essentially, the chart has no support that I need pay attention to in constructing a trade.

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

Iron condor short the $35 calls and long the $36 calls,
short the $30 puts and long the $29 puts
sold for a credit and expiring May 16
Probability of expiring out-of-the-money


The risk/reward ratio stands at 1.9:1. The premium is $0.36 ($0.23 for the alls and $0.13 for the puts).

Decision for My Account

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

-- Tim Bovee, Portland, Oregon, May 7, 2015


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