Thursday, November 5, 2015

DIS Analysis

Update 12/11/2015: I exited DIS after the current options reach half of its potential profit. It was a roll within the position, and by rolling I nearly quadrupled my profit. 

Shares declined by 3.9% over 26 days, or a -54% annual rate. The options position produced a 51.8% yield on debit for a +727% annual rate

Here's a chart of the position throughout its lifespan.

DISbear call spread
11/5/20151.68enter DEC
12/1/2015-1.38exit DEC
12/4/20151.72enter JAN
12/11/2015-0.86exit JAN

Update 12/1/2015: With DIS teetering on the edge of unprofitability, I have rolled it forward from the DEC options series to the JAN series, collecting additional premium and giving my bearish assessment of the chart more time to work.

Here's a table of the roll, projecting that I'll exit with half of potential profit of the JAN options:

DISroll, same strike
11/5/20151.68112.73enter DEC
12/1/2015-1.38114.27exit DEC
12/1/20151.72114.27enter JAN
TBD0.86TBDexit JAN

The Walt Disney Co. (DIS), headquartered in Burbank, California, publishes earnings on Tuesday after the closing bell.

[DIS in Wikipedia]


I shall use the DEC series of options, which trades for the last time 43 days hence, on Dec. 18.


Implied volatility stands at 33%, which is 2.1 times the VIX, a measure of volatility of the S&P 500 index. DIS’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

Analysts scored by Zacks on balance anticipate a negative earnings surprise on DIS and I shall construct a bear play.

Bear call spread, short the $115 calls and long the $120 calls,
sold for a credit and expiring Dec. 19.
Probability of expiring out-of-the-money


The premium is $1.66, which is 32% of the width of the position’s wing. The stock at the time of entry was priced at $112.73.

The risk/reward ratio is 2.1:1.

The short strike is $2.27 above the market price. The biggest immediate move after each of the past four earnings announcements was $18.48, and the average was $6.97.

Decision for My Account

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

-- Tim Bovee, Portland, Oregon, Nov. 5, 2015


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