Monday, June 27, 2016

LB Analysis

Update 8/8/2016: LB rose above the upper boundary of the iron condor position, and I exited for a loss two weeks prior to expiration.

Shares rose by 13.7% over 42 days, or a +119% annual rate. The options position produced a 65.4% loss son debit for a -568% annual rate.

L Brands Inc. (LB), headquartered in Columbus, Ohio and the parent company of intimate apparel retailer Victoria's Secret and the keep-clean-and-groomed retailer Bath & Body Works, closed Friday with sufficiently high implied volatility by my standards to qualify for a closer look.

[LB in Wikipedia]


I shall use the AUG series of options, which trades for the last time 53 days hence, on Aug. 19.


Implied volatility stands at 37%, which is 1.4 times the VIX, a measure of volatility of the S&P 500 index. LB’s volatility stands in the 87th percentile of its most recent range. The price used for analysis was 65.38.

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

Visual Guide to Elliott Wave Trading
by Wayne Gorman

The Trade

LB peaked in November 2011 and swung into a rapid decline. The trend is stair-stepping down. Given the sharp decline after the U.K. voted to leave the European Union, I shall use a direction neutral strategy as a hedge against a counter-reaction to the decline.

Iron condor, short the $73 calls and long the $75.50 calls,
short the $55 puts and long the $53 puts,
sold for a credit and expiring Aug. 20.
Probability of expiring out-of-the-money

The premium is $0.45, which is 40% of the width of the position’s wings. The stock at the time of entry was priced at $65.21.

The risk/reward ratio is 3.9:1.

The zone of profit in the proposed trade covers a $9 move either way.

Decision for My Account

I've opened a position on LB as described above.

-- Tim Bovee, Portland, Oregon, June 27, 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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