Two are oil companies -- MPC and NOV -- which I'm avoiding at present. I'm removing two pharmaceutical houses from the list, GILD and MRK. Both sectors are extraordinarily prone to externalities, things that the markets can anticipate only obscurely.
That leaves three: YHOO, CMCSA and MDLZ. My first test this morning was to look at implied volatility as a percentile of the most recent range. My standard is that volatility be in the 66th percentile or higher.
CMCSA unequivocally fails with IV in the 50th percentile. I am rejecting the trade without further analysis.
MDLZ also fails, with IV in the 65th percentile. However, MDLZ is within reach of passing the test, and I shall check it again later in the day. If volatility has moved to the 66th percentile or higher, then I shall do the analysis.
So, at this point, I shall do a full analysis on YHOO, and perhaps one on MDLZ as well, contingent upon the IV percentile.
-- Tim Bovee, Portland, Oregon, Feb. 2, 2016
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