Thursday, October 22, 2015

AMZN Analysis

Update 10/23/2015: AMZN rose sharply on an earnings surprise, bringing profit to more than half of its potential, and I exited the position, avoiding time risk.

Shares rose by 7.1% over one day, or a +2,601% annual rate. The options position produced a 109.5% yield on debit, for a +39,953% annual rate.

The online retailer (AMZN), headquartered in Seattle, Washington publishes earnings on Thursday after the closing bell.

[AMZN in Wikipedia]


I shall use the DEC series of options, which trades for the last time 57 days hence, on Dec. 18.


Implied volatility stands at 48%, which is 3.1 times the VIX, a measure of volatility of the S&P 500 index. AMZN’s volatility stands in the 84th percentile of its annual range.

Ranges implied by options and earnings
WeekSD1 68.2%SD2 95%Earns
Implied volatility 1 and 2 standard deviations; maximum earns move

The Trade

I see AMZN as a bull play, based on analyst expectations of a positive earnings surprise.
Bull put spread, short the $550 puts and long the $530 puts,
sold for a credit and expiring Dec. 19.
Probability of expiring out-of-the-money


The premium is $7.75, which is 39% of the width of the position’s wings. The stock at the time of entry was priced at $562.37.

The risk/reward ratio is 1.6:1.

The strike is $11.30 below the price. The biggest immediate move after each of the past four earnings announcements was $55.11, and the average was $42.81.

Decision for My Account

I've opened a position on AMZN as described above.

-- Tim Bovee, Portland, Oregon, Oct. 20, 2015


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