Tuesday, November 3, 2015

VLO Analysis

The petrochemical fuel manufacturer Valero Energy Corp. (VLO), headquartered in San Antonio, Texas, closed above its 20-day price channel on Monday, resulting in a bull signal with low historical odds of success.

[VLO in Wikipedia]


For the short leg, I shall use the NOV series of options, which trades for the last time 17 days hence, on Nov. 20, and for the long leg, the MAR series, which trades for the last time on March 18, 2016, which is 136 days out.


The success rate is low but not as low as I would prefer.

VLO has completed seven bull signals in the past year. Three were successful, with a gain on average of 6.3% over 38 days.  The four unsuccessful trades on average lost 7.5% over 12 days.

That gives a 43% success rate.

On the chart, the breakout has driven VLO's price above prior resistance of $66.38 set Oct. 9. The next resistance level is $71.15 set Aug. 13.


Implied volatility stands at 33%, which is 2.3 times the VIX, a measure of volatility of the S&P 500 index. VLO’s volatility stands in the 20th percentile of its annual range.

The Trade

I shall structure the trade as a long diagonal spread.

Short the $69 calls,
sold for a credit and expiring Nov. 21.
Probability of expiring out-of-the-money


Long the $65 calls,
sold for a credit and expiring March 19.
Probability of expiring in-the-money


The short-leg premium is $1.43, and the long leg, $6.58. The stock at the time of entry was priced at $66.62.

Decision for My Account

I'm declining to take this trade. It's not a bad trade, even with the less than optimal success rate., and even with a chart that has scored a break beyond resistance and so may indeed follow through to the upside.

However, given the fact that my account is almost fully committed to trades, I would prefer to leave these funds in cash so I can pursue other opportunities later in the week.

If funds weren't as tight as they are at this point, in the midst of the earnings season, then I would be more likely to take the trade. But as it is, I shall trade VLO based on Monday's bull signal.

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


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