Wednesday, July 8, 2015

DUK Momentum

The power generation company Duke Energy Corp. (DUK), headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, broke above its 20-day price channel on Tuesday and confirmed the bull signal by continuing to trade above the breakout point the next day.

[DUK in Wikipedia]



DUK was wrongly put in the high-odds category. Its previous bull signals have split evenly, with two coming out with a profit and two with a loss. the successful trdes on average produced a 4% yield over 59 days; the losers, a 3.1% loss over 39 days.

Despite the error in the early analysis, I shall soldier on and see if there is indeed a trade to be found in DUK.


Click on chart to enlarge.
DUK at 11:15 a.m. New York time, 30 days hourly bars
Implied volatility stands at 20.7%, which is 1.2 times the VIX, a measure of volatility of the S&P 500 index. DUK’s volatility stands in the 93rd percentile 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 JUL monthly series of options, which trades for the last time nine days hence, on July 17.

Bull put spread, short the $72.50 puts and long the $70 puts,
sold for a credit and expiring July 18.
Probability of expiring out-of-the-money


The premium is $0.12, which is 5% of the width of the position’s wing. I prefer a 33% width. The stock at the time of analysis was priced at $75.14.

The difficulty lies in the risk/reward ratio. A structure that covers the lower boundary of the one standard deviation range produces a 19.8:1 risk/reward ratio. That's far higher than I'm willing to accept. Generally, 7:1 or so is as high as I'll go with a directional play.

Decision for My Account

I'm passing on DUK because of the high risk/reward ratio. No trade.

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


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