Wednesday, September 9, 2015

AVGO Analysis (corrected)

Update 10/2/2015: I exited my bull put spread on AVGO for a loss, two weeks prior to expiration. Shares declined by 6.6% over 23 days, or a -104% annual rate. The options produced a -167.5% loss on debit, for a -2,658% annual rate.

An incorrect draft version was posted in error on Private Trader and has been removed. This is the correct version.

The analog semiconductor company Avago Technologies Ltd. (AVGO), headquartered in San Jose, California and Singapore, moved above its 20-day price channel on Tuesday, producing a bull signal. Bull signals on AVGO have historically high odds of success, making it a candidate for a bull play.

[AVGO in Wikipedia]


I shall use the OCT series of options, which trades for the last time 37 days hence, on Oct. 16. I presently hold a position in AVGO expiring Sept. 19 (analyzed here on Aug. 26) and shall treat the two positions separately.


AVGO has completed four bull signals in the past year, all of them successful, with an average gain of 9.9% over 59 days.


Click on chart to enlarge.
AVGO at 10:50 a.m. New York time, 90 days 2-hour bars
Implied volatility stands at 50.2%, which is 2.1 times the VIX, a measure of volatility of the S&P 500 index. AVGO’s volatility stands in the 59th percentile of its annual range.

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

Bull put spread, short the $120 puts and long the $115 puts,
sold for a credit and expiring Oct. 16.
Probability of expiring out-of-the-money


The premium is $1.35, which is 27% of the width of the position’s wing.The stock at the time of purchase was priced at $127.97.

The risk/reward ratio is 2.6:1.

The price at entry was $7.97 within the zone of profit, or 1.6 times the average true range.

Decision for My Account

I've entered a position on AVGO as described above.

-- Tim Bovee, Portland, Oregon, Sept. 9, 2015


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