Friday, September 18, 2015

LEN Analysis

Update 9/29/2015: LEN closed within the zone of profit the first trading day after earnings were published, dithered around for three days, and then joined the broad market n a decline that decisively made the position. I've exited for a loss.

Shares declined b y 10.3% over 11 days, or a -340% annual rate. The options produced a 40.1% loss on debit, for a -1,332% annual rate.

The homebuilder and real-estate investment company Lennar Corp. (LEN), headquartered in Miami, Florida, publishes earnings on Monday before the opening bell.

[LEN in Wikipedia]


I shall use the OCT series of options, which trades for the last time 28 days hence, on Oct 16.


Click on chart to enlarge.
LEN at 11:18 a.m. New York time, 30 days hourly bars
Implied volatility stands at 35.1%, which is 1.6 times the VIX, a measure of volatility of the S&P 500 index. LEN’s volatility stands in the 54th 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

Iron condor, short the $55 calls and long the $57.50 calls,
short the $49 puts and long the $46 puts,
sold for a credit and expiring Oct. 17.
Probability of expiring out-of-the-money


The premium is $0.94, which is 31% of the width of the position’s wings.The stock at the time of purchase was priced at $52.55.

The risk/reward ratio is 2.2:1.

The zone of profit in the proposed trade covers a $3 move either way. The biggest immediate move after each of the past four earnings announcements was $3.28, and the average was $1.92.

Decision for My Account

The strike price inventory within the grid is such that I can't position the profit zone in a way that encompasses the maximum range of movement after earnings announcements for the past year. I've elected to widen one of the wings in order to increase premium to a level where it will make up for that shortage in profit zone coverage.

I've opened a position in LEN as described above.

-- Tim Bovee, Portland, Oregon, Sept. 18, 2015


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