Friday, September 25, 2015

GLD Analysis

Update 1/15/2016: I took advantage of an upward retracement of GLD to exit the diagonal entirely for a small loss. 

I exited the long leg for $5.55, a 44.8% loss on debit.

Shares declined by 5% over 136 days, or a -13.4% annual rate. The options -- both the long leg and the short legs -- produced a -1.6% loss on debit for a -4% annual rate.

Here is a summary of all short legs on this position:

GLDdiagonal, short leg
option description key: long/short, call/put, strike, series

The exchange-traded fund SPDR Gold Trust (GLD), which tracks the price of bullion, closed above its 20-day price channel on Thursday, sending a bull signal with low historical odds of success, suggesting a non-directional trade.

[GLD in Wikipedia]



GLD has completed five bull signals in the past year. Only one was successful, yielding 0.1% over 25 days. The four unsuccessful signals on average each lost 2.8% over 20 days. The success rate is 20%.


Click on chart to enlarge.
GLD at 10:55 a.m. New York time, 30 days hourly bars
Implied volatility stands at 17.7%, which is 8/10ths of the VIX, a measure of volatility of the S&P 500 index. GLD’s volatility stands in the 37th 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

A bull signal with implied volatility in a low percentile suggests a covered call as the best vehicle for trading GLD.

I shall use the LEAPs variant for the covered call, which uses long call options expiring a year or more out instead of long shares. This greatly reduces the overall cost of the position. I shall use the JAN 17 series of options, expiring Jan. 21, 2017, for the long leg of the position.

For the long leg, I used the $109 JAN 2017 call, with a $10.06 premium per contract.

For the short leg,

Call, short the $110 calls,
sold for a credit and expiring Oct. 17.
Probability of expiring out-of-the-money


The premium is $1.42. The stock at the time of purchase was priced at $109.57.

Decision for My Account

I've opened a covered call LEAPs variant on GLD as escribed above.

-- Tim Bovee, Portland, Oregon, Sept. 25, 2015


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