Tuesday, May 12, 2015

M Analysis

The department store chain Macy's Inc. (M), headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, publishes earnings on Wednesday prior to the opening bell.

I shall use the regular monthly MAY series of options, which trades for the last time three 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.

[M in Wikipedia]



Click on chart to enlarge.
M at 10:05 a.m. New York time, 30 days hourly bars
Implied volatility stands at 27.8%, which is 1.9 times the VIX, a measure of volatility of the S&P 500 index. M’s volatility stands in the 74th 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

The big challenge of constructing a position for M is the $2.50 gap between strike prices. Covering the one standard deviation range produces an overly high risk reward ratio. Lowering the risk produces an abysmally narrow profit range. Here's the best I can do to provide an adequate profit range:

Iron condor short the $67.50 calls and long the $70 calls,
short the $62.50 puts and long the $60 puts
sold for a credit and expiring May 16
Probability of expiring out-of-the-money


The risk/reward ratio stands at 2.8:1.

The next best structure would involve lowering the upper short strike down to $65, which is 20 cents or so below the preset rice, or raising the lower short strike to $65, only 20 cents below the present price.

Decision for My Account

I'm passing on M because the nature of the options grid won't allow me to build an iron condor that provides an adequately wide profit zone with an acceptably low risk/reward ratio. No trade.

-- Tim Bovee, Portland, Oregon, May 12, 2015


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