Friday, September 11, 2015

TWTR Analysis

Update 10/2/2015: I exited my iron condor on TWTR for a profit, two weeks prior to expiration. Shares declined by 5.8% over 21 days, or a -101% annual rate. The options produced a 143.8% yield on debit, for a +2,499% annual rate.

Having played the short-form social media company's earnings in July, I'm considering taking another bite of Twitter Inc. (TWTR), headquartered in San Francisco, California, based on its high implied volatility.

[TWTR in Wikipedia]


I shall use the OCT series of options, which trades for the last time 35 days hence, on Oct 16.


Click on chart to enlarge.
TWTR at 12:30 p.m. New York time, 90 days 2-hour bars
Implied volatility stands at 60.6%, which is 2.5 times the VIX, a measure of volatility of the S&P 500 index. TWTR’s volatility stands in the 66th 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 $32 calls and long the $34 calls,
short the $22 puts and long the $20 puts,
sold for a credit and expiring Oct. 17.
Probability of expiring out-of-the-money


The premium is $0.39, which is one fifth of the width of the position’s wings. The stock at the time of purchase was priced at $27.26.

The risk/reward ratio is 4.1:1.

The zone of profit in the proposed trade covers a $5 move either way, which is 3.8 times the average true range.

Decision for My Account

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

-- Tim Bovee, Portland, Oregon, Sept. 11, 2015


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