Tuesday, January 19, 2016

NFLX Analysis

Update 2/17/2016: I exited NFLX for a loss on the third trading day before expiration. Shares declined by 14.15% over 29 days, or a -178% annual rate. The options position produced a 58.5% loss on debit for a -736% annual rate.

The video entertainment company Netflix Inc. (NFLX), headquartered in Los Gatos, California, publishes earnings on Tuesday after the closing bell.

[NFLX, in Wikipedia]


I shall use the FEB series of options, which trades for the last time 31 days hence, on Feb. 20.


Implied volatility stands at 80%, which is three times the VIX, a measure of volatility of the S&P 500 index. NFLX’s volatility stands in the 92nd 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

NFLX has been in a possible downtrend since Dec. 7, 2015, The price remains above support and so the chart could well show  small counter-trend correction within the uptrend that began in December 2014.

Brokerages collectively come down with a 4% enthusiasm rating. Of 27 analysts covering NFLX,  44% are giving a strong buy recommendation. There is a strong expectation on the Street of an upside earnings surprise.

Three of the past four earnings announcements have resulted in price increases the next trading session.

Given those facts, I shall build a bullish position, even though it runs contrary to the bearish trend of the general market.

Bull put spread, short the $100 puts and long the $90 puts,
sold for a credit and expiring Feb. 21.
Probability of expiring out-of-the-money
The premium is $3.05, which is 30% of the width of the position’s wings. The stock at the time of entry was priced at $106.28.

The risk/reward ratio is 2.3:1.

The strike price is $6.28 above the market price, providing a profit zone narrower than the core tendency in case of a post-earnings movement contrary to my expectations. The biggest immediate move after each of the past four earnings announcements was $17.68, and the average was $12.90. The central tendency, with the maximum and minimum removed, was $10.76.

Decision for My Account

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

-- Tim Bovee, Portland, Oregon, Jan. 19, 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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