Wednesday, November 11, 2015

VIAB Analysis

Update 11/16/2015: VIAB moved to 56% of its potential profit and I exited to avoid further time risk and to free funds for other opportunities.

Shares rose by 7.2% over five days, or a +526% annual rate. The options position produced a 125.0% yield on debit, for a +9,125% annual rate.

The entertainment company Viacom Inc. (VIAB), headquartered in New York City, publishes earnings on Thursday before the opening bell.

[VIAB in Wikipedia]


I shall use the DEC series of options, which trades for the last time 37 days hence, on Dec. 18.


Implied volatility stands at 48%, which is triple the VIX, a measure of volatility of the S&P 500 index. VIAB’s volatility stands in the 87th 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

I use freely available metrics from Zacks Investment Research for guidance in determining the direction of a trade. Zacks Ranks is 3, which is direction neutral. Zacks Expected Surprise Prediction is 0.66%.

Zacks says that a positive ESP with a neutral or bullish Rank produces a positive earnings surprise 70% of the time.

I shall therefore construct a bullish position.

Bull put spread, short the $47.50 puts and long the $45 puts,
sold for a credit and expiring Dec. 19.
Probability of expiring out-of-the-money


The premium is $0.90, which is 36% of the width of the position’s wings. The stock at the time of entry was priced at $48.31.

The risk/reward ratio is 1.8:1.

The position is profitable at expiration $0.81 below the entry price. The biggest immediate move after each of the past four earnings announcements was $7.31, and the average was $3.26.

Decision for My Account

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

-- Tim Bovee, Portland, Oregon, Nov. 11, 2015


Tradecraft: Playing the odds to build winning stock market trades from options, a description of how I trade, can be read here.


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