Friday, August 21, 2015

PRU Analysis

Update 9/19/2015: My bear call spread on PRU expired without value for maximum profit Shares declined by 7.9% over 29 days, or a -100% annual rate. The spread produced a yield of $71 per contract. Since the debit value is zero, it isn't possible to calculate a percentage yield.

The financial services company Prudential Financial Inc. (PRU), headquartered in Newark, New Jersey, closed below its 20-day price channel on Thursday and continued to trade lower on Friday. The stock has high historical odds that bull signals will be profitable, making it a candidate for a directional trade.

[PRU in Wikipedia]


I shall use the SEP series of options, which trades for the last time 28 days hence, on Sept. 18.


PRU has completed three bear signals in the past year for a success rate of 67%. Two were successful, on average yielding 3.9% over 30 days. The one unsuccessful signal lost 4.0% over 27 days.


Click on chart to enlarge.
PRU at 11:11 a.m. New York time, 180 days 4-hour bars

Implied volatility stands at 32.2%, which is !1.4 times the VIX, a measure of volatility of the S&P 500 index. PRU’s volatility stands at top 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 $85 calls and long the $87.5 calls,
sold for a credit and expiring Sept. 19.
Probability of expiring out-of-the-money


The premium is $0.71, which is 28% of the width of the position’s wings.The stock at the time of purchase was priced at $82.37.

The risk/reward ratio is 2.5:1.

The zone of profit extends $2.63 above the price at the time of the trade, or 1.4 times the average true daily range.

Decision for My Account

I've opened a position on PRU as described above.

-- Tim Bovee, Portland, Oregon, Aug. 21, 2015


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