Tuesday, July 5, 2016

MON Analysis

The agricultural products company Monsanto Co., a leader in genetically modified foods headquartered in Creve Coeur, Missouri,  closed on Friday with implied volatility above the midpoint of its one-year range, making it eligible for a closer look and perhaps a trade.

[MON in Wikipedia]


I shall use the AUG series of options, which trades for the last time 45 days hence, on Aug. 19.


Implied volatility stands at 45%, which is 2.8 times the VIX, a measure of volatility of the S&P 500 index. MON’s volatility stands at the top of its one-year range. The price used for analysis was $100.60.

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

Volatility Trading
by Euan Sinclair

The Trade

MON peaked in June 2008 and has been in a downtrend since. The price dropped significantly in to July 2010, corrected upward into June 2014, declined to a low on Sept. 24, 2015 and then a lower high on June 10, 2015. The price has headed south ever since.

Brokers in aggregate give MON an 8% enthusiasm index, with 54% of 13 analysts issuing strong buy recommendations.

I shall follow the chart for this trade and construct a bear position.
Bear call spread, short the $105 calls and long the $110 calls,
sold for a credit and expiring Aug. 20.
Probability of expiring out-of-the-money


The premium is $1.13, which is 23% of the width of the position’s wings. The stock at the time of entry was priced at $x.xx.

The risk/reward ratio is 3.1:1.

The risk/reward ratio is higher than I like, a result of the $5 spread between strike prices. Let's go to Plan B, a neutral strategy.

Iron condor, short the $115 calls and long the $120 calls,
short the $85 puts and long the $89 puts,
sold for a credit and expiring Aug. 20.
Probability of expiring out-of-the-money


The premium is $1.12, which is 22% of the width of the position’s wings.

The risk/reward ratio is 3.5:1.

The zone of profit in the proposed trade covers a $15 move either way.

Decision for My Account

I dislike the risk/reward ratio on both trades. It's within my guidelines, but it makes the positions cost more than I want to pay. Better to hang on to my resources for ernings season, which begins next week. I'm passing on MON. No. trade.

-- Tim Bovee, Portland, Oregon, June 5, 2016


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