Monday, August 22, 2016

BBY Analysis

Update 9/7/2016: BBY gapped upward above its zone of profit and despite a gentle decline remained in unprofitable territory. I sold to avoid the likelihood of assignment of this in-the-money position prior to ex-dividend date on Sept. 9.

Shares rose by 1.95% over 16 days, all of it in one day, or a +45% annual rate. The options position produced a -59.2% loss on debit for a -1,351% annual rate.

The consumer electronics retailer Best Buy Co. Inc. (BBY), headquartered in Richfield, Minnesota, publishes earnings on Tuesday before the opening bell.

[BBY in Wikipedia]


I shall use the OCT series of options, which trades for the last time 60 days hence, on Oct. 21.


Implied volatility stands at 39%, which is 3.2 times the VIX, a measure of volatility of the S&P 500 index. BBY’s volatility stands in the 44th percentile of its annual range. The price used for analysis was $32.64.

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

The Trade

BBY has been moving in a sideways trend since March 12, ranging between about $29.35.

Brokers in aggregate give BBY a negative 43% enthusiasm rating, with 29% of 14 analysts issuing strong buy recommendations.

BBY has risen immediately after half of its last four earnings, stretching back a year.

I'll use a direction neutral strategy for my analysis.

Iron condor, short the $36 calls and long the $37 calls,
short the $29 puts and long the $28 puts,
sold for a credit and expiring Oct. 22.
Probability of expiring out-of-the-money

The premium is $0.31, which is 31% of the width of the position’s wings.

The risk/reward ratio is 2.2.

The zone of profit in the proposed trade covers a $4 move either way. The biggest immediate move after each of the past four earnings announcements was $2.98, and the average was $1.72 After eliminating the maximum and minimum post-earnings movements, the central tendency is $1.61.

Decision for My Account

I have entered a position on BBY as described above.  The stock at the time of entry was priced at $32.79.
-- Tim Bovee, Portland, Oregon, Aug. 22, 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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