Wednesday, December 16, 2015

ORCL Analysis

Update 12/23/2015: ORCL reached 54% of its potential profit and I exited.

Shares declined by 4.6% over seven days, or a -237% annual rate. The options position produced a 116.0% yield on debit for a +6,049% annual rate.

The enterprise software and services company Oracle Corp. (ORCL), headquartered in Redwood  City, California and best known for its database management systems, publishes earnings after the closing bell on Wednesday.

[ORCL in Wikipedia]

I shall use the FEB series of options, which trades for the last time 65 days hence, on Feb. 20


Implied volatility stands at 33%, which is 1.9 times the VIX, a measure of volatility of the S&P 500 index. ORCL’s volatility stands in the 69th 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

ORCL has been in a downtrend since June 18. It hit a low on Aug. 24, the day of the China Panic, reversed to the upside in a counter-trend move until Nov. 5, and then resumed its declining. It remains above the August low.

Analysts in aggregate are  neutral regarding ORCL's future prospects, with 44% of them issuing Strong Buy recommendations.

Iron condor, short the $41 calls and long the $43 calls,
short the $34 puts and long the $32 puts,
sold for a credit and expiring Feb. 21.
Probability of expiring out-of-the-money

The premium is $0.54, which is 27% of the width of the position’s wings. The stock at the time of entry was priced at $38.70.

The risk/reward ratio is 2.7:1.

The zone of profit in the proposed trade covers a $3.50 move either way. The biggest immediate move after each of the past four earnings announcements was $4.19, and the average was $2.29.

Decision for My Account

I have opened a position on ORCL as described above.

-- Tim Bovee, Portland, Oregon, Dec. 16, 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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