Wednesday, July 29, 2015

FEYE Analysis

Update 7/30/2015: Implied volatility dropped to 58.6 in Thursday's trading, pushing the premium down and the risk/reward ratio up to 3:1, which is too high by my standards. The decline moved volatility down into the 47th percentile of its most recent rise. I'm declining to take the trade.

The cybersecurity company FireEye Inc. (FEYE), headquartered in Milpitas, California, publishes earnings on Thursday after the closing bell.
[FEYE in Wikipedia]


I shall use the AUG1 weekly series of options, which trades for the last time eight days hence, on Aug. 7.


Click on chart to enlarge.
FEYE after the July 29 close, 30 days hourly bars
Implied volatility stands at 59.6%, which is 4.8 times the VIX, a measure of volatility of the S&P 500 index. FEYE’s volatility stands in the 83rd 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

Iron condor, short the $53 calls and long the $54 calls,
short the $42.50 puts and long the $41.50 puts,
sold for a credit and expiring Aug. 8.
Probability of expiring out-of-the-money


The premium at the time of analysis was $0.37, which is 37% of the width of the position’s wings.The stock at the time of purchase was priced at $47.54.

The risk/reward ratio is 1.7:1.

The zone of profit in the proposed trade covers a $5.25 move either way. The biggest immediate move after each of the past four earnings announcements was $5.13, and the average was $3.76.

Decision for My Account

I intend to open a position in FEYE as described above. The analysis was done prior to the market open on the day I shall trade, and I'll update this analysis if events force a change in plans.

-- Tim Bovee, Fukuoka, Japan, July 30, 2015


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