Wednesday, July 8, 2015

TLT Momentum

Update 7/9/2015; TLT reversed sharply in pre-market trading, producing a large gap at the opening bell. It was a clear change of trend and I exited my position for a loss. (I've marked the reversal with a yellow oval.)

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TLT, six days 5-minute bars
Shares declined by 1.5% over the brief period I held the position, or a -535% annual rate. The options position produced a 40.3% loss on debit, for a -14,718% annual rate.

The iShares 20+ Year Treasury Bond exchange-traded fund (TLT) broke above its 20-day price channel on Tuesday and confirmed the bull signal the next day by continuing to trade beyond the breakout level.

[U.S. Treasury Securities in Wikipedia]



Two of TLT's three bull signals over the past year have been profitable, against one loser. The winning trades on average yielded 5.8% over 89 days. The unsuccessful trade lost 2.9% over 35 days.


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TLT at 12:05 p.m. New York time, 30 days hourly bars
Implied volatility stands at 18.0%, which is about the same as the VIX, a measure of volatility of the S&P 500 index. TLT’s volatility stands in the 68th 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 JUL monthly series of options, which trades for the last time nine days hence, on July 17.
Bull put spread, short the $119.50 puts and long the $118.50 puts,
sold for a credit and expiring July 18.
Probability of expiring out-of-the-money

The premium is $0.36, which is a bit more than a third of the width of the position’s wings.The stock at the time of purchase was priced at $120.15.

The risk/reward ratio is 1.7:1.

Decision for My Account

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

-- Tim Bovee, Portland, Oregon, July 8, 2015


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