Tuesday, September 29, 2015

SPX Analysis

Update 11/4/2015: SPX moved contrary to my bearish position in October and I have exited this position to avoid expiration.

Shares rose by 12.0% over 36 days, or a +122% annual rate. The options position produced a -141.7% loss on debit, for a -1,436% annual rate.

I continue to be bearish the S&P 500 based on the trend and am rolling forward to a later options series on SPX -- options on the index futures.

[S&P 500 in Wikipedia]


I shall use the NOV2 series of options, which trades for the last time 45 days hence, on Nov. 14.


Click on chart to enlarge.
SPX at 11:55 a.m. New York time, 30 days hourly bars
Implied volatility stands at 26.3%. SPX’s volatility stands in the 60th 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

Bear call spread, short the $1,925 calls and long the $1,950 calls,
sold for a credit and expiring Nov. 15.
Probability of expiring out-of-the-money


The premium is $10.35, which is 41% of the width of the position’s wings. The stock at the time of purchase was priced at $1,882.04.

The risk/reward ratio is 1.4:1.

Decision for My Account

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

-- Tim Bovee, Portland, Oregon, Sept. 29, 2015


Tradecraft: Playing the odds to build winning stock market trades from options, a description of how I trade, can be read here.


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