Thursday, August 20, 2015

HAL Analysis

Update 8/24/2015: The premium on my HAL  bear call spread declined to 10 cents on each contract, and I exited the position for a profit. The sharp decline in the stock price came during the China Panic on Aug. 24,

Shares declined by 11.2% over four days, or a -1,017% annual rate. The position produced a 330.0% yield on debit, for a +30,113% annual rate.

The oilfield services company Halliburton Co. (HAL), headquartered in Houston, Texas, broke below its 20-day price channel on Wednesday, sending a bear signal. having high historical odds of success.

Note that I have an entirely unrelated earnings play on HAL that expires at the end of the week, on Aug. 22. The analysis of that earlier trade may be read here.

[HAL in Wikipedia]



HAL has given three bear signals in the past year. Two were successful, on average yielding a 21% return over 102 days. The one unsuccessful trade lost 11% over 27 days. The 66.7% success rate suggests a directional trade.


I shall use the SEP series of options, which trades for the last time 29 days hence, on Sept. 18.

Click on chart to enlarge.
HAL at 10:12 a.m. New York time, 90 days 2-hour bars
Implied volatility stands at 38.3%, which is 2.3 times the VIX, a measure of volatility of the S&P 500 index. HAL’s volatility stands at the peak 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

Bear call spread, short the $41 calls and long the $43 calls,
sold for a credit and expiring Sept. 19.
Probability of expiring out-of-the-money


The premium is $0.43, which is 22% of the width of the position’s wings. The stock at the time of purchase was priced at $39.16.

The risk/reward ratio is 3.7:1.

The zone of profit stretching to the downside provides a cushion 84 cents above price at entry. The average true range is $1.37 per day, or 1.6 times the cushion. In this trade, I'm placing trust in the signal.

Decision for My Account

I've opened a bearish position in HAL as described above.

-- Tim Bovee, Portland, Oregon, Aug. 20, 2015


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