Monday, June 15, 2015

ADBE Analysis

Update 6/17/2015: ADBE's implied volatility dropped sharply after earnings were published, and I've
exited both the Strangle and the Iron Condor positions for a profit.

Shares rose by 0.7% over two days, or a +119% annual rate. The Strangle options produced a 55.6% yield on debit, for a +10,139% annual rate. The Iron Condor produced a 90.1% yield on debit, or a +16,448% annual rate.

The software company Adobe Systems Inc. (ADBE), headquartered in San Jose, California,  publishes earnings after the closing bell on Tuesday.

I shall use the JUN monthly series of options, which trades for the last time four days hence, on June 19, or the JUL monthlies, which complete their trading on July 17.

[ADBE in Wikipedia]



Click on chart to enlarge.
ADBE at 10:48 a.m. New York time, 30 days hourly bars
Implied volatility stands at 32.5%, which is 2.1 times the VIX, a measure of volatility of the S&P 500 index. ADBE’s volatility stands in the 98th percentile of its most recent rise.

ADBE has on average moved $4.02 immediately after the past four earnings announcements, or 5.7%. The maximum move was $6.28, or 9.3%.

Ranges implied by options and the chart
WeekSD1 68.2%SD2 95%ChartEarns
Implied volatility 1 and 2 standard deviations; chart support and resistance, average earns move 

The Trade

Strangle, short the $85 calls and long the $70 puts,
sold for a credit and expiring July 18
Probability of expiring out-of-the-money


The premium is $1.18.The stock at the time of purchase was priced at $78.46. The zone of profit in the proposed trade covers a $7.50 move either way.

Iron condor, short the $82.50 calls and long the $85 calls,
short the $75 puts and long the $72.50 puts,
sold for a credit and expiring June 20
Probability of expiring out-of-the-money


The premium is $0.81, which is a third of the width of the position’s wings.The stock at the time of purchase was priced at $78.50. The zone of profit in the proposed trade covers a $3.75 move either way.

Decision for My Account

I've opened both the strangle and the iron condor positions as described above.

-- Tim Bovee, Portland, Oregon, June 15, 2015


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