Friday, May 13, 2016

CI Analysis

The health-services company Cigna Corp. (CI), headquartered in Bloomfield, Connecticut with a portfolio of products ranging from medical and dental insurance to the tools and products needed to provide care of patients, closed below its 20-day price channel on Thursday, sending a bear signal. The stock has an historical tendency to whipsaw.

[CI in Wikipedia]


I shall use the JUN series of options, which trades for the last time 35 days hence, on June 18.


Implied volatility stands at 28%, which is double the VIX, a measure of volatility of the S&P 500 index. CI’s volatility stands in the 55th percentile of its most recent range. The price used for analysis was $127.05.

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

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The Trade

CI declined from June to August 2015 and then fell into a sideways pattern that has continued every since.

Brokerages have a somewhat pessimistic view of CI's prospects, in aggregate coming down with a negative 9% enthusiasm index; 45% of 11 analysts following the stock have issued strong-buy recommendations.

CI has given six bear signals over the past year. One was successful, yielding 2.2% over 54 days. The other five were failures, on average losing 5.4% over 26 days.

The low odds under my rules demands a direction-neutral strategy for CI.

Iron condor, short the $140 calls and long the $145 calls,
short the $115 puts and long the $110 puts,
sold for a credit and expiring June 19.
Probability of expiring out-of-the-money


The premium is $1.35, which is 27% of the width of the position’s wings. The stock at the time of order was priced at $127.05.

The risk/reward ratio is 2.7:1.

The zone of profit in the proposed trade covers a $12.50 move either way.

Decision for My Account

I placed an order for a position in CI as described above but was unable to obtain a fill. The stock options have overly wide bid/ask spreads, maing it impossible to fill at a price I'm willing to accept. No trade.

-- Tim Bovee, Portland, Oregon, May 13, 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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