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.
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|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.
|Week||SD1 68.2%||SD2 95%||Chart||Earns|
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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