Thursday, April 28, 2016

Thursday's Agenda

Of the seven prospects on my desk this morning, all of them potential earnings plays, only one has sufficiently high implied volatility to meet my criteria for full analysis, and it, as it turns out, is a curious case due to bad calendar information that made it onto the future earnings list upon which I rely.

The one qualifying is AMZN, and I shall discuss it below. But first, a list of all the prospects and their implied volatility as a percentile of their most recent range. My minimum requirement is the 60th percentile.

symrange %ile

Now, to AMZN. It often happens on that earnings calendar's contain dates that are market estimates of the next earnings publication date date based on when the last earnings were announced. Normally, the company announces the actual date in plenty of time for it to appear on the calendar.

That didn't happen in the case of AMZN. Perhaps they were late to announce a date, or perhaps they announced one and then changed.

In any case, the calendar I use for figuring out my own trading agenda, an excellent piece of work by Yahoo Finance!, had AMZN publishing earnings on April 21. As turns out, the publication date is April 28.

I placed a trade based on the in correct information, and that trade is still part of my portfolio and have updated the AMZN Analysis post from a week ago with a discussion of the possible actions and a final decision: Do nothing.

-- Tim Bovee, Portland, Oregon, April 28, 2016

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