Wednesday, October 28, 2015

RRC Analysis

Update 12/4/2015: RRC attained 65% of its potential profit and I exited to avoid further risk. 

Shares declined by 7.0% over 37 days, or a +69% annual rate. The options position produced a +185.71% yield on debit for a +1,832% annual rate.

The natural gas and oil company Range Resources Corp. (RRC), headquartered in Forth Worth, Texas, publishes earnings on Wednesday after the closing bell.
[RRC in Wikipedia]


I shall use the DEC series of options, which trades for the last time 51 days hence, on Dec. 18.


Implied volatility stands at 73%, which is 4.9 times the VIX, a measure of volatility of the S&P 500 index. RRC’s volatility stands in the 97th 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

Analysts hold a strong opinion that RRC will produce a negative earnings surprise. I shall structure the position as a bear vertical spread.

Bear call spread, short the $30 calls and long the $32.5 calls,
sold for a credit and expiring Dec. 19.
Probability of expiring out-of-the-money


The premium is $0.80, which is 32% of the width of the position’s wing. The stock at the time of analysis was priced at $28.73.

The risk/reward ratio is 2.1:1.

The strike is $1.04 above the market price. The biggest immediate move after each of the past four earnings announcements was $2.67, and the average was $1.24.

Decision for My Account

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

-- Tim Bovee, Portland, Oregon, Oct. 28, 2015


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