Tuesday, December 8, 2015

VZ Analysis

Update 2/16/2016: The long leg of my VZ position became profitable while I had no countervailing short leg, and I have exited the position entirely, ending the series.

Shares rose by 9.8% over 70 days, or a +51% annual rate. The optons position produced a 119.6% yield on debit for a +623% annual rate.

Here is a chart of the individual positions that made up the series.

option description key: long/short, call/put, strike, series

The broadband and telecommunications company Verizon Communications Inc. (VZ), headquartered in New  York City, closed above its 20-day price channel on Monday. The stock has low historical odds of profitable bull signals and low implied volatility relative to its one-year range and so is a candidate a covered call or an all-options alternative, such as a diagonal spread.

[VZ in Wikipedia]


For the short leg, I shall use the JAN series of options, which trades for the last time 38 days hence, on Jan. 16, and for the long leg, the JUL series, which completes trading on July 15, 220 days from now


Implied volatility stands at 18%, which is about the same as the VIX, a measure of volatility of the S&P 500 index. VZ’s volatility stands in the 27th 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

VZ has been in a downtrend since July 2014. It hit a low on Aug. 24, the day of the China Panic, and then reversed in a countertrend correction to the upside.

Zacks Investment Research gives VZ a neutral ranking, 3.

Diagonal spread, long the $46 calls expiring Jan. 18
and short the $45 calls expiring July 16
bought with a credit.
Probability of expiring out-of-the-money


For the long leg, the premium is a $2.23 debit, and for the short leg, a $0.66 credit, for a net debit on both legs of $1.57. The stock at the time of entry was priced at $45.85.

Decision for My Account

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

-- Tim Bovee, Portland, Oregon, Dec. 8, 2015


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

Elliott wave analysis tracks patterns in price movements. StockCharts has a good explainer. The principal practioner of Elliott wave analysis is Robert Prechter at Elliott Wave International. His book, Elliott Wave Principle, is a must-read for people interested in this form of analysis, as is his most recent publication, Visual Guide to Elliott Wave Trading


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