Thursday, August 11, 2016

NVDA Analysis

Update 8/12/2016: NVDA rose sharply, in the direction of the trade, after earnings were published and I took my profits at 75% of the maximum potential.

Shares rose by 7.0% over a day, or a +2,570% annual rate. The options position produced a +300.0% yield on debit fora +109,500% annual rate.

The graphics processing hardware and software company NVIDIA Corp. (NVDA), headquartered in Santa Clara, California, publishes earnings on Thursday after the closing bell.

[NVDA in Wikipedia]


I shall use the SEP series of options, which trades for the last time 36 days hence, on Sept. 16.


Implied volatility stands at 54%, which is 4.6 times the VIX, a measure of volatility of the S&P 500 index. NVDA’s volatility stands in the 57th percentile of its annual range. The price used for analysis was $59.08.

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

NVDA has been on a sharp rise since Feb. 11, with no sign on the chart of any weakening of the trend.

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The stock has a bullish assessment from Zacks Investment Research. Brokerages come down with an 11% enthusiasm index, with 53% of 19 analysts issuing strong buy recommendations.

NVDA has risen on the next trading day following all of the last four earnings announcements.

Given the bullish profile, I shall go with a bull put vertical spread.

Bull put spread, short the $55 puts and long the $50 puts,
sold for a credit and expiring 
Sept. 17.
Probability of expiring out-of-the-money

The premium is $1.16, which is 23% of the width of the position’s wings. The stock at the time of entry was priced at $59.01.

The risk/reward ratio is 3.3:1.

The zone of profit extends $4.01 below the order price. The biggest immediate move after each of the past four earnings announcements was $5.41, and the average was $3.54. After eliminating the maximum and minimum post-earnings movements, the central tendency is $3.19.

Decision for My Account

I have entered a position on NVDA as described above. My exit point for a profit is when the options premium reaches $0.58, and for a loss, when it reaches $2.32.

-- Tim Bovee, Portland, Oregon, Aug. 11, 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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