Wednesday, January 13, 2016

JPM Analysis

Update 1/19/2016: JPM moved favorably for my trade and I exited for a profit after it attained 51% of its potential profit.

Shares declined by 3.5% over six days, or a -211% annual rate. The options position produced a 102.4% yield on debit for a +6,228% annual rate.

The financial company JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPM), headquartered in New York City, publishes earnings on Thursday before the opening bell.

[JPM in Wikipedia]


I shall use the FEB series of options, which trades for the last time 37 days hence, on Feb. 20.


Implied volatility stands at 31%, which is 1.4 times the VIX, a measure of volatility of the S&P 500 index. JPM’s volatility stands in the 68th percentile of its most recent 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

JPM has been in a downtrend since Dec. 29 amid expectations of a negative earnings surprise.

Given the negativity of the chart and the chatter, I've chosen to go with a bearish strategy.

Bear call spread, short the $60 calls and long the $62.5 calls,
sold for a credit and expiring Feb. 21.
Probability of expiring out-of-the-money


The premium is $0.85, which is 34% of the width of the position’s wings. The stock in both analyses was priced at $58.85.

The risk/reward ratio is 1.9:1.

The short-leg strike price is offset $1.15 from the stock price and lies within the upper boundary of the all three post-earnings ranges.

The biggest immediate move after each of the past four earnings announcements was $2.03, and the average was $1.38. The central tendency, with the maximum and minimum move removed, was $1.27.

Decision for My Account

I have opened a position on JPM as described above.

-- Tim Bovee, Portland, Oregon, Jan. 13, 2016


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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