Thursday, May 26, 2016

Earnings Prospects 5/30-6/3

Note: Edited to remove two symbols -- CTRP and MDT -- which, if they met my standards, would be prospects for the May 27 rather than the May 30. Neither has an options grid with sufficient open interest to  qualify for further analysis.

Companies continue to publish earnings at a snail's pace as we slog our way through the swamp between earnings seasons. The next earnings crunch begins July 11.

Out of 89 earnings announcements scheduled for the week of May 30 through June 3, only two meet my basic criteria for price and volume. I require that the price be $30 or higher and average volume 1 million shares a day or higher.

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The "action" column is the date when I will make a final decision on whether to proceed to a full analysis and possibly a trade.

Of the two, KORS  has an open interest distribution on its options grid that would make it difficult if not impossible to construct a trade. I require open interest on all legs of an options spread to be in the triple digits or more.

Moreover, neither symbol at this point has implied volatility sufficiently high on an annual basis to support my strategy of selling options for a net credit. In later stages of analysis I calculate implied volatility as a percentile of its most recent range. For today's quick-and-dirty first look I'm using the percentile of the annual range, which is provided by my trading platform.

Both the distribution of open interest on the grid and the level of implied volatility can change rapidly, so neither is disqualifying at this point, and indeed won't be until the action date.

-- Tim Bovee, Portland, Oregon, May 26, 2016

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