Wednesday, July 8, 2015

WMT Momentum

Update 7/14/2015: WMT attained two-thirds of its maximum potential profit, and I exited to avoid further time risk. The more plain-spoken way of putting is that the price of buying back the options fell to 10 cents, and it's not worth hanging on any further for that small amount of additional profit. It doesn't make a dime's worth of difference, with the additional risk is factored in.

Shares rose by 0.1% over six days, or a 6% annual rate. The options position produced a 210.0% yield on debit, for a 12,775% annual rate.

The discount retail chain Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (WMT), headquartered in Bentonville, Arkansas, broke above its 20-day price channel on Tuesday but pulled back to within the channel today. WMT publishes earnings on Aug. 18 before the opening bell, so any trade must be exited prior to the announcement.

[WMT in Wikipedia]



Only one of the three completed bull signals of the past  year produced a profit, making WMT a potential non-directional trade because of its historically low odds of success. The winner produced a 7.0% yield over 81 days. The two losing positions on average fell by 1.5% over 28 days.


Click on chart to enlarge.
WMT at 1:47 p.m. New York time, 30 days hourly bars
Implied volatility stands at 21.4%, which is 1.2 times the VIX, a measure of volatility of the S&P 500 index. WMT’s volatility stands in the top percentile of its most recent rise and is also high in absolute terms, standing at the 93.9% of its high point over the past year.

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.

Iron condor, short the $75 calls and long the $76 calls,
short the $72 puts and long the $71 puts,
sold for a credit and expiring Aug. 22.
Probability of expiring out-of-the-money

The premium is $0.31, which is about one-third the width of the position’s wings. The stock at the time of purchase was priced at $73.51.

The risk/reward ratio is 2:1.

In order to get it down to that point, which is a bit high for an iron condor, I leave portions of the one standard deviation range, both at the top and the bottom, outside of the profit zone. The chart range is covered at the top, but not entirely at the bottom.

It's a risk, and I'm willing to take it because of the uptrending nature of WMT's chart, and the absence of an earnings announcement during the short duration of this trade.

Decision for My Account

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

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


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