Wednesday, July 15, 2015

C Analysis

Update 7/25/2015: I exited the C call, a bear call spread, on July 22 after the stock turned against my position, and let the puts, a bull put spread, expire on July 25 without value for maximum profit.

Shares rose 4.9% over the nine-day lifespan of the position, or a +211% annual rate. The options produced a 72.3% loss on debit, for a -3,106% annual rate.

The financial company Citigroup Inc. (C), headquartered in New York City, publishes earnings on Thursday before the opening bell.

[C in Wikipedia]



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C at 11:30 a.m. New York time, 30 days hourly bars
Implied volatility stands at 21.6%, which is 1.6 times the VIX, a measure of volatility of the S&P 500 index. C’s volatility stands in the 41st percentile of its most recent rise, which is low. Another measure of relative implied volatility is as a percentage of the year peak, which I like to be greater than 50%. By that measure, C comes in a 62.8% and so passes the latter test.

I shall use the JUL4 weekly series of options, which trades for the last time nine days hence, on July 24.

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

The Trade

Iron condor, short the $58 calls and long the $59 calls,
short the $54.50 puts and long the $53.50 puts,
sold for a credit and expiring July 25.
Probability of expiring out-of-the-money


The premium is $0.26, which is 26% of the width of the position’s wings.The stock at the time of purchase was priced at $56.50.

The risk/reward ratio is 2.7:1.

The zone of profit in the proposed trade covers a $1.75 move either way. The biggest immediate move after each of the past four earnings announcements was $1.82, and the average was $1.46.

Decision for My Account

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

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


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