Monday, June 1, 2015

FXI Analysis

The iShares China Large-cap Exchange-Traded Fund (FXI), which tracks the FTSE China 50 Index, fell below its 20-day price channel on Friday. The fund has low historical odds of producing a successful bear signal, making it a candidate for a direction-neutral trade.

The index tracks the 50 most liquid Chinese stocks trading on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. The three top holdings as a percentage of net assets are Tercent Holdings Ltd., China Mobile Ltd. and China Construction Bank.

I shall use the JUN1 Weeklys series of options, which trades for the last time four days hence, on June 5.

[FTSE China 50 Index information from the FTSE Group (pdf)]



FXI has completed four bear signals in the past year, for a 25% success rate. The one winner yielded 1.5% over 39 days. The three unsuccessful signals lost 4.1% over 13 days, on average.

Click on chart to enlarge.
FXI at 11:15 a.m. New York time, 90 days 2-hour bars
Implied volatility stands at 30.5%, which is 2.1 times the VIX, a measure of volatility of the S&P 500 index. FXI’s volatility stands in the 32nd 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

FXI has been roaming sideways since late April in a pattern that can be seen as a descending triangle, (in blue on the chart), a bearish pattern. That means I need a profit range that covers close to the chart-range high, $52.08 down to the support level, $48.71.

Iron condor short the $52 calls and long the $53 calls,
short the $48.50 puts and long the $47.50 puts
sold for a credit and expiring June 6
Probability of expiring out-of-the-money


The risk/reward ratio stands at 2.7:1.

Decision for My Account

This chart is unusual in that it imposes well-defined requirements on the trade structure. The potential trade described above meets those requirements. The resulting risk/reward ratio is 2.7:1. For an iron condor, I don't like to go above 2:1. Therefore, I'm declining to take this trade.

-- Tim Bovee, Portland, Oregon, June 1, 2015


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