Monday, October 26, 2015

BAC Analysis

The financial company Bank of America Corp. (BAC), headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, gave a bull signal on Friday. With low implied volatility relative to its range for the past year, it is a candidate for a time spread of some sort.
[BAC in Wikipedia]

I shall structure the trade as a diagonal spread. For the short leg, I shall use the NOV series of options, which trades for the last time 25 days hence, on Nov. 20. For the long leg, I shall use the FEB 2016 series, which completes trading  Feb. 19, 116 days out.


BAC has completed four bull signals over the past year. Only one was successful, yielding 5.7% over 61 days. The three unsuccessful signals on average lost 4.6% over 17 days. The success rate is 25%.

The Trade

For the long leg, I shall buy the $16 call from the FEB series next year. It expires Feb. 20.

For the short leg,

Short the $16 calls
sold for a credit and expiring Nov. 21
Probability of expiring out-of-the-money


The premium is $0.12. The stock at the time of entry was priced at $0.

Decision for My Account

I'm declining the trade. The premium is so low that it produces insufficient yield.

-- Tim Bovee, Portland, Oregon, Oct. 26, 2015


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