Wednesday, August 26, 2015

AVGO Analysis

9/19/2015: The AVGO puts expired without value for maximum profit, although the calls produced a loss. Shares rose by 14.5% over 19 days, or a +278% annual rate. The iron condor options produced a 50.2% loss on debit, for a -966% annual rate.

Update 9/9/2015: I've exited the calls on my position after AVGO tipped above the profit zone. The position is now a bull put options spread expiring in September. 

In rising AVGO triggered a bull signal, and I have separately opened a bull put spread expiring in October. (See the Sept. 9 analysis here.)

I shall calculate profit and loss on the positions separately as they expire.
The analog semiconductor company Avago Technologies Ltd. (AVGO), headquartered in San Jose, California and Singapore, publishes earnings on Wednesday after the closing bell.

[AVGO in Wikipedia]


I shall use the SEP series of options, which trades for the last time 23 days hence, on Sept. 18.


Click on chart to enlarge.
AVGO 10:06 a.m. New York time, 90 days 2-hour bars
Implied volatility stands at 63.3%, which is 1.9 times the VIX, a measure of volatility of the S&P 500 index. AVGO’s volatility stands in the 88th 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

Iron condor, short the $130 calls and long the $135 calls,
short the $90 puts and long the $95 puts,
sold for a credit and expiring Sept. 19.
Probability of expiring out-of-the-money


The premium is $1.02, which is 25% of the width of the position’s wings.The stock at the time of purchase was priced at $112.52.

The risk/reward ratio is 4:1.

The zone of profit in the proposed trade covers a $20 move either way. The biggest immediate move after each of the past four earnings announcements was $16.57, and the average was $7.78.

Decision for My Account

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

-- Tim Bovee, Portland, Oregon, Aug. 26, 2015


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