Monday, July 13, 2015

JPM Analysis

Update 7/25/2015: I exited part of JPM on July 22 when the stock turned against my position and allowed the remainder to expire without value for maximum profit on July 25. 

Details: I exited six iron condors and in addition, the remaining 14 call pairs, which were a bear call spread, on July 22. The remaining bull put spreads expired on July 25.

Shares rose by 2.6% over 10 days, or a +91% annual rate. The optons produced a 37.1% 7ield on debit, for a +1,325% annual rate.

The financial company JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPM), headquartered in New York City, publishes earnings on Tuesday prior to the opening bell.

[JPM in Wikipedia]



Click on chart to enlarge.
JPM at 11:02 a.m. New York time, 30 days hourly bars
Implied volatility stands at 20.3%, which is 1.4 times the VIX, a measure of volatility of the S&P 500 index. JPM’s volatility stands in the 59th 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 JUL4 weekly series of options, which trades for the last time 11 days hence, on July 24.

Iron condor, short the $70.50 calls and long the $71.50 calls,
short the $67 puts and long the $66 puts,
sold for a credit and expiring July 25.
Probability of expiring out-of-the-money


I skewed the profit zone toward the upside in order to account for the strong rising trend since July 8.

The premium is $0.24, which is 25% of the width of the position’s wings.The stock at the time of purchase was priced at $67.92.

The zone of profit in the proposed trade covers a $2.25 move either way. The biggest immediate move after each of the past four earnings announcements was $2.42, and the average was $1.40.

The risk/reward ratio is 3:1, a bit high. That's the price I pay for a wide profit zone.

Decision for My Account

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

-- Tim Bovee, Portland, Oregon, July 13, 2015


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