Thursday, July 23, 2015

SAVE Analysis

The low-cost air carrier Spirit Airlines Inc. (SAVE), headquartered in Miramar, Florida, publishes earnings on Friday before the opening bell.

[SAVE in Wikipedia]



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SAVE at 11:20 a.m. New York time, 30 days hourly bars
Implied volatility stands at 40.1%, which is 3.4 times the VIX, a measure of volatility of the S&P 500 index. SAVE’s volatility stands in the 70th 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 29 days hence, on Aug. 21.

The price is rising but is in the middle of the range between support and resistance on the chart. I've chosen to sacrifice some premium by placing all but a few cents of maximum post-earnings movement range of the past year into the zone of top profit. That also covers the one standard deviation range.

Iron condor, short the $70 calls and long the $75 calls,
short the $55 puts and long the $50 puts,
sold for a credit and expiring Aug. 22.
Probability of expiring out-of-the-money

The premium is $0.70, which is 14% of the width of the position’s wings.The stock at the time of analysis was priced at $61.62.

The risk/reward ratio is 6,1:1.

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 $7.22, and the average was $4.28.

Decision for My Account

The high risk-reward ratio is the stumbling point. And it's inevitable, give the structure of SAVE's options grid, with strike price $5 apart on a stock priced in the double digits.

I'm passing on this trade. I won't be opening a position in SAVE to coincide with its next earnings announcement.

-- Tim Bovee, Portland, Oregon, July 23, 2015


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