Thursday, July 30, 2015

LNKD Analysis

Update 7/30/2015: The premium fell, sending the risk/reward ratio up to 2.8:1, an overly high level by my standards. I've declined to take the trade., 

The work-oriented social networking company LinkedIn Corp. (LNKD), headquartered in Mountain View, California, publishes earnings on Thursday after the closing bell.
[LNKD 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.
LNKD after the July 29 close, 30 days hourly bars
Implied volatility stands at 57.9%, which is 4.6 times the VIX, a measure of volatility of the S&P 500 index. LNKD’s volatility stands in the 87th 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 $265 calls and long the $270 calls,
short the $195 puts and long the $190 puts,
sold for a credit and expiring Aug. 8.
Probability of expiring out-of-the-money


The premium is $1.57, which is 31% of the width of the position’s wings.The stock at the time of analysis was priced at $232.

The risk/reward ratio is 2.2:1.

The zone of profit in the proposed trade covers a $35 move either way. The biggest immediate move after each of the past four earnings announcements was $51.78 and the average was $31.12.

Decision for My Account

I intend to open a position in LNKD as reported above. I'm posting this analyze before the market open, and shall up it if events force change in my plans.

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


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