Wednesday, March 16, 2016

CTRP Analysis

Update 3/28/2015: I exited CTRP for a profit. The exit took place at 33% of maximum profit, lower than I like. However, the chart looked as though it were deteriorating contrary to my interests and so I skedaddled early.

Shares rose by 4.9% over 12 days, or a +149% annual rate. The options position produced a 50.0% yield on debit for a +1,521% annual rate.

The travel service company International Ltd. (CTRP), headquartered in Shanghai, China, publishes earnings on Wednesday after the closing bell.

[CTRP in Wikipedia]


I shall use the APR series of options, which trades for the last time 30 days hence, on April 17.


Implied volatility stands at 62%, which is 3.8 times the VIX, a measure of volatility of the S&P 500 index. CTRP’s volatility stands in the 64th percentile of its most recent range. The price used for analysis was $40.96.

Ranges implied by options and earnings
WeekSD1 68.2%SD2 95%Earns
Implied volatility 1 and 2 standard deviations; central tendency earns move

The Trade

CTRP has been in a downtrend since Nov. 20, 2015 and, over a shorter term, has been trending sideways since mid-February.

Prices have closed higher in the next trading session after all of the past four earnings announcements.

Brokers collectively give CTRP an 80% enthusiasm rating, and eight out of 10 analysts following the stock are making strong buy recommendations.

Iron condor, short the $47 calls and long the $48 calls,
short the $33 puts and long the $32 puts,
sold for a credit and expiring April 18.
Probability of expiring out-of-the-money

The premium is $0.27, which is 27% of the width of the position’s wings. The share price at time of entry was $41.39.

The risk/reward ratio is 2.7:1.

The zone of profit in the proposed trade covers a $7 move either way. The biggest immediate move after each of the past four earnings announcements was $9.54, and the average was $6.69. After eliminating the maximum and minimum post-earnings movements, the core tendency is $6.56.

Decision for My Account

I've entered a position  on CTRP as described above. I was able to construct the spread in a way that allowed coverage of the average and central tendency movements post-earnings, although the zone of profit falls short of covering the maximum range occurring in March 2015.

-- Tim Bovee, Portland, Oregon, March 16, 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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