Tuesday, November 3, 2015

DVN Analysis

Update 12/2/2015: DVN reached 50% of its potential profit and I exited my position, thereby avoiding further time risk.

Shares declined by 1.4% over 29 days, or a +17% annual rate. The options position produced a 100.0% yield on debit for a +1,259% annual rate.

The fossil fuels exploration and development company Devon Energy Corp. (DVN), headquartered in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, publishes earnings on Tuesday after the closing bell.

[DVN in Wikipedia]


I shall use the DEC series of options, which trades for the last time 45 days hence, on Dec. 18.


Implied volatility stands at 43%, which is triple the VIX, a measure of volatility of the S&P 500 index. DNV’s volatility stands in the 51st 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 anticipate a negative earnings surprise, and I shall structure the position as a bear play.

Bear call spread, short the $47.50 calls and long the $50 calls,
sold for a credit and expiring Dec. 19.
Probability of expiring out-of-the-money


The premium is $0.64, which is 26% of the width of the position’s wing. The stock at the time of entry was priced at $44.94.

The risk/reward ratio is 2.8:1.

The short strike is $2.56 above the entry price.The biggest immediate move after each of the past four earnings announcements was $5.60 and the average was $2.65.

Decision for My Account

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

-- Tim Bovee, Portland, Oregon, Nov. 3, 2015


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