Monday, November 23, 2015

ADI Analysis

Update 12/16/2015: ADI attained half its potential profit and I exited.

Shares rose by 0.24% over 23 days, or a +4% annual rate. The options position produced a 97.4% yield on debit for a +1,545% annual rate.

The data conversion and signal processing semiconductor company Analog Devices Inc. (ADI), headquartered in Norwood, Massachusetts, publishes earnings on Tuesday after the opening bell.

[ADI in Wikipedia]


I shall use the JAN series of options, which trades for the last time 53 days hence, on Jan. 16.


Implied volatility stands at 39%, which is 2.5 times the VIX, a measure of volatility of the S&P 500 index. ADI’s volatility stands in the 56th 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

ADI is on the third leg of a downtrend that began June 1. The current leg down began Oct. 13.

Zacks Investment Research gives ADI a bearish 4 rank with no expectation of an earnings surprise.

Analysts in aggregate are bullish on ADI, with an enthusiasm rating of 32%. Of analysts following the symbol, 64% have given it a Strong Buy recommendation.

I shall construct a neutral position with the goal of covering all of the maximum post-announcement price movement of the past year.

Iron condor, short the $62.50 calls and long the $65 calls,
short the $50 puts and long the $47 puts,
sold for a credit and expiring Jan. 17.
Probability of expiring out-of-the-money


The premium is $0.75, which is 27% of the width of the position’s wings. The stock at the time of entry was priced at $57.26.

The risk/reward ratio is 3:1.

The zone of profit in the proposed trade covers a $6.25 move either way. The biggest immediate move after each of the past four earnings announcements was $2.85, and the average was $1.64.

Decision for My Account

I've entered a position on ADI as described above.

-- Tim Bovee, Portland, Oregon, Nov. 23, 2015


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