Monday, August 10, 2015

M Analysis

Update 8/22/2015: My M calls expired Saturday. Shares fell 10.1% over nine days, or a -410% annual rate. The options produced a 45.7% yield on debit for a +1,851% annual rate.

Update 8/19/2015: M moved to the lower edge of the profit zone and I've exited the puts, turning the iron condor into a bear call spread.

I'll calculate profit and loss when the calls expire on Saturday, wrapping up the entire position.

Update 8/11/2015: I've opened a position in M structured as described below.

The premium is $0.67 which is 22% of the width of the position’s wings. The stock at the time of entry was priced at $67.66.

The risk/reward ratio is 3.4:1.

The department store chain Macy's Inc. (M), headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, publishes earnings on Wednesday before the opening bell.

[M in Wikipedia]


I shall use the AUG monthly series of options, which trades for the last time 10 days hence, on Aug. 21.


Click on chart to enlarge.
M after July 10 close, 30 days hourly bars
Implied volatility stands at 33.2%, which is 2.7 times the VIX, a measure of volatility of the S&P 500 index. M’s volatility stands in the 98th 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 $71 calls and long the $74 calls,
short the $62.50 puts and long the $59.50 puts,
sold for a credit and expiring Aug. 22.
Probability of expiring out-of-the-money


The premium is $0.55 which is 18% of the width of the position’s wings.The stock at the time of analysis was priced at $67.38.

The risk/reward ratio is 4.5:1.

The zone of profit in the proposed trade covers a $4.25 move either way. The biggest immediate move after each of the past four earnings announcements was $3.29, and the average was $2.48.

Decision for My Account

I'm posting this analysis prior to the market open on Tuesday because I'm trading from East Asia. The time difference pushes the U.S. market day into the depths of night. I'll attempt the trade as described above, adjusting to meet market conditions on Tuesday, and shall update this analysis with my final decision.

-- Tim Bovee, Fukuoka, Japan, Aug. 11, 2015


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