Wednesday, July 22, 2015

CAM Analysis

Update 8/22/2015: My CAM puts expired Saturday. Shares rose 1.0% over 26 days, or a +15% annual rate. The options produced a 34.2% loss on debit for a -416% annual rate.

Update 8/13/2015: CAM moved into unprofitable territory to the upside. I've sold the calls portion of the iron condor, transforming the position into a bull put spread profitable down to $42.50. I'll calculate profit and loss when I've exited the puts.

The manufacturer of flow control devices for the oil and gas industry, Cameron International Corp. (CAM), headquartered in Houston, Texas, publishes earnings on Thursday before the opening bell.

[CAM in Wikipedia]



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CAM at 12 p.m. New York time, 90 days 2-hour bars
Implied volatility stands at 40.1%, which is 3.3 times the VIX, a measure of volatility of the S&P 500 index. CAM’s volatility stands at the peak of its most recent rise.

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

I shall use the AUG monthly series of options, which trades for the last time 31 days hence, on Aug. 21.
Iron condor, short the $50 calls and long the $52.50 calls,
short the $42.50 puts and long the $40 puts,
sold for a credit and expiring Aug. 22.
Probability of expiring out-of-the-money


The premium is $0.75, which is about a third of the width of the position’s wings.The stock at the time of purchase was priced at $46.83.

The risk/reward ratio is 2.2:1.

The zone of profit in the proposed trade covers a $3.25 move either way. The biggest immediate move after each of the past four earnings announcements was $3.76, and the average was $2.15.

Decision for My Account

Two characteristics make this trade different than the other five that I've done today: CAM lacks weekly options, forcing me into a longer-term position but with a higher premium, and the strike interval is $2.50, requiring a sacrifice of granularity in setting up the trade.

I've left some of the upper side of the maximum earnings movement range outside of the profit zone but provided coverage beyond that range below the zone. That's in line with the downtrending nature of the stock. The average range is entirely covered.

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

-- Tim Bovee, Portland, Oregon, July 22, 2015


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