Tuesday, May 26, 2015

KORS Analysis

Update 5/27/2015: KORS took the greatest fall in its history after earnings were published. With no reasonable hope of improvement between now and expiration at the end of the week, I took the loss and moved on.

The decline was well below the two standard deviation range, which encompassed 95% of expected trades. I think we can fairly all the event a Black Swan.

Shares declined by 20.9% over one day, or a -7,640% annual rate. The options position produced a 113.3% loss on debit, for a -41,367% annual rate.

The women's sportswear fashion design house and retail chain Michael Kors Holdings Ltd. (KORS), headquartered in London, publishes earnings on Wednesday prior to the opening bell.

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

[KORS in Wikipedia]



Click on chart to enlarge.
KORS at 10:40 a.m. New York time, 30 days hourly bars
The stock price peaked in February 2014 at $101.04 and has been on a steady decline ever since. Given that steady fall, the selection of a resistance level is somewhat arbitrary.

Implied volatility stands at 42.6%, which is 3.1 times the VIX, a measure of volatility of the S&P 500 index. KORS’s volatility stands in the 98th percentile 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

Iron condor short the $63.50 calls and long the $65 calls,
short the $57 puts and long the $55.50 puts
sold for a credit and expiring May 30
Probability of expiring out-of-the-money


A rare position where the reward is greater than the risk; the risk/reward ratio stands at 0.9:1. The premium is $0.75 ($0.36 for the calls and $0.39 for the puts).

Decision for My Account

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

-- Tim Bovee, Portland, Oregon, May 26, 2015


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