Monday, June 8, 2015

LULU Analysis

Update 6/29/2015: I've taken my profits on LULU. Shares rose by 5.1% over 21 days, or an +87% annual rate. The position produced a +241% yield on debit.

The athletic clothing designer and retailer Lululemon Athletica Inc. (LULU), headquartered in Vancouver, British Columbia, publishes earnings on Tuesday before the opening bell.

I shall use the JUL monthly series of options, which trades for the last time 39 days hence, on July 17.

[LULU in Wikipedia]



Click on chart to enlarge.
LULU at 11:42 a.m. New York time, 30 days hourly bars
Implied volatility stands at 47.6%, which is 3.2 times the VIX, a measure of volatility of the S&P 500 index. LULU’s volatility stands in the 87th 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

I'm moving to strangles for the first time in an earnings play. Think of them as iron condors without insurance to limit the potential loss.

The zone of profit in the proposed trade covers a $9.25 move either way. The biggest immediate move after each of the past four earnings announcements was $7.07, and the average was $4.39.

Strangle, short the $70 calls and short the $52.50 puts
sold for a credit and expiring July 18
Probability of expiring out-of-the-money


The iron condor equivalent of the position, under my guidelines, would have a long call and long put as wings on either side of the short strikes, set $2.50 out.

For the strangle, the premium is $1.50. The stock at the time of purchase was priced at $61.96.

Decision for My Account

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

-- Tim Bovee, Portland, Oregon, June 8, 2015


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