Of 509 large-cap stocks and exchange-traded funds in my analytical universe, one broke beyond its 20-day price channel, to the upside.
The symbol, USO, has sufficiently high implied volatility, options liquidity and spread narrowness to warrant a trade. Its historical odds of success are even, which is disqualifying.
However, given the importance of crude oil and USO as its avatar, I shall do further analysis of the symbol as a pure volatility play on Tuesday, Sept. 1.
There are no prospects for trades coinciding with earnings announcements under my Volatility Rules.
The next earnings season begins Oct. 8, with peak announcements lasting for three weeks. Under the exclusion rule that forbids me from opening new positions in stocks within 30 days of an earnings announcement, in month before the season begins increasing numbers of symbols will be removed from my prospective trades list during initial screening. The rule doesn't apply to trades under my Volatility Rules.
The stocks in my analytical universe all have analyst coverage through the stock-ranking company Zacks Investment Research. Not all of the exchange-traded funds are so covered.
I screen the symbols for historical odds of a profitable signal in the direction of the breakout for the past 12 months.
For symbols whose odds of success are in the top or bottom thirds, I next screen for 1) suitability of the options grid, including implied volatility of three figures or greater on the strike prices I would need to use to build a position, 2) implied volatility in the 70th percentile or greater of its most recent rise, and 3) the absence of an earnings announcement within the next 30 days.
-- Tim Bovee, Portland, Oregon, Aug. 31, 2015
My trading rules can be read here.
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