Wednesday, July 15, 2015

PM Analysis

The tobacco products company Philip Morris International Inc. (PM), headquartered in New  York City, publishes earnings on Thursday before the opening bell.
[PM in Wikipedia]



Click on chart to enlarge.
PM at 11:10 a.m. New York time, 30 days hourly bars
Implied volatility stands at 21.8%, which is 1.7 times the VIX, a measure of volatility of the S&P 500 index. PM’s volatility stands in the 71st percentile of its most recent rise.

I shall use the AUG monthly series of options, which trades for the last time 37 days hence, on Aug. 21.

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'm unable to provide sufficient  coverage of the maximum historical earnings move using a hedged iron condor position. So I've built using the strangle, which has no limit on the loss.

Strangle, short the $90 calls and long the $75 puts,
sold for a credit and expiring Aug. 22
Probability of expiring out-of-the-money


The premium is $0.40. The stock at the time of analysis was priced at $82.83.

The zone of profit in the proposed trade covers a $7.50 move either way. The biggest immediate move after each of the past four earnings announcements was $6.83, and the average was $2.29.

Decision for My Account

The proposed trade has a premium that is relatively small compared to the buying power effect. A single contract takes $948 off of the buying power in return for a 40-cent premium. I don't have a guideline for that ratio, but this one feels too high for me.

For that reason, I'm passing on the trade and won't be opening a position to coincide with PM's earnings announcement.

-- Tim Bovee, Portland, Oregon, July 15, 2015


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