The coffeehouse chain Starbucks Corp. (SBUX), headquartered in Seattle, Washington, publishes earnings on Thursday after the closing bell.
[SBUX in Wikipedia]
I shall use the MAR series of options, which trades for the last time 57 days hence, on March 20.
Implied volatility stands at 38%, which is 1.4 times the VIX, a measure of volatility of the S&P 500 index. SBUX’s volatility stands in the 94th percentile of its most recent range.
|Week||SD1 68.2%||SD2 95%||Earns|
SBUX has been in a downtrend since July 2014. The most recent leg to the downside began on Nov. 3, 2015.
Shares have risen the first trading day after each of the last four earnings announcements.
Brokers collectively give SBUX at 57% enthusiasm index, with 74% of 23 analysts making strong buy recommendations.
With a beta of 0.79, SBUX correlates with the S&P 500 although with movements that are somewhat narrower.
I shall construct a direction-neutral play.
short the $52.50 puts and long the $50 puts,
sold for a credit and expiring March 21.
Probability of expiring out-of-the-money
The risk/reward ratio is 1.8:1.
The zone of profit in the proposed trade covers a $5 move either way. The biggest immediate move after each of the past four earnings announcements was $2.74, and the average was $1.49. Discarding the outliers gives a central tendency of $1.57.
Decision for My Account
I have entered a position on SBUX as described above.
-- Tim Bovee, Portland, Oregon, Jan. 21, 2016
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