Friday, July 17, 2015

HAL Analysis

Update 8/22/2015: My HAL calls expired Saturday. Shares fell 9.4% over 36 days, or a -96% annual rate. The options produced an 8.0% loss on debit for a 82% annual rate.

Update 8/21/2015: HAL slipped below the profit zone on the positions last day of trading before expiration. The decline was part of a broad market movement to the downside.

I've exited the puts portion of the position, transforming the iron condor into a bear call spread. I shall calculate profit and loss after the calls expire on Saturday, wrapping up the entire position.

The oilfield services company Halliburton Co. (HAL), headquartered in Houston, Texas, publishes earnings on Monday before the opening bell.

[HAL in Wikipedia]



Click on chart to enlarge.
HAL at 10:40 a.m. New York time, 90 days 2-hour bars
Implied volatility stands at 32.2%, which is 2.7 times the VIX, a measure of volatility of the S&P 500 index. HAL’s volatility stands in the 81st 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 AUG monthly series of options, which trades for the last time !0 days hence, on Aug. 21.

The premium is $0, which is 0% of the width of the position’s wings.The stock at the time of purchase was priced at $0.

Iron condor, short the $42 calls and long the $44 calls,
short the $37 puts and long the $35 puts,
sold for a credit and expiring Aug. 22.
Probability of expiring out-of-the-money


The chart has a strong downward bias, and in constructing this trade I lowered the floor of the profit range to well below the boundary implied by volatility, the chart and historical moves in response to earnings.

The premium is $0.60, which is 35% of the width of the position’s wings.The stock at the time of purchase was priced at $39.73.

The risk/reward ratio is 1.9:1.

The zone of profit in the proposed trade covers a $2.50 move either way. The biggest immediate move after each of the past four earnings announcements was $0.96, and the average was $0.51.

Decision for My Account

I've opened a position on HAL as described above.

-- Tim Bovee, Portland, Oregon, July 17, 2015


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