Wednesday, September 14, 2016

GDXJ Analysis

Update 9/30/2016: I exited GDXJ after it reached 50% of its potential profit. The spread was wide enough that I had to drop the bid to 33% of potential in order to get a fill.

Shares declined by 0.3% over 16 days, or a -6% annual rate. The options positions produced a 50.0% yield on debit for a +1,141% annual rate.

Market Vectors Junior Gold Miners (GDXJ) exchange-traded fund, which small -and mid-cap companies that earn at least half of their revenue from gold and silver mining, has implied volatility in the upper half of its one-year range and qualifies for a full analysis.

GDXJ's top three holdings as a percentage of the total portfolio are B2Gold Corp (BTG), Alamos Gold Inc. (AGI) and Hecla Mining Co. (HL).

[GDXJ issuer page]


I shall use the OCT series of options, which trades for the last time 37 days hence, on Oct. 21.


Implied volatility stands at 55%, which is 3.2 times the VIX, a measure of volatility of the S&P 500 index. GDXJ’s volatility stands in the 74th percentile of its annual range. The price used for analysis was $45.59.

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

GDXJ declined from an Aug. 11 peak, bounced in a retracement of more than half the drop, and began to decline again, although it remains above the most recent lowest low.

Chart Patterns: After the Buy
by Thomas N. Bulkowski

Zacks Investment Research is neutral gold.

My own assessment of the chart is neutral to bearish. Given the ambiguities, I shall go with a directon neutral strategy.

Iron condor, short the $52 calls and long the $53 calls,
short the $38 puts and long the $37 puts,
sold for a credit and expiring Oct. 22.
Probability of expiring out-of-the-money


The premium is $0.30, which is 30% of the width of the position’s wings.
The risk/reward ratio is 2.3:1.

The zone of profit in the proposed trade covers a $7 move either way.

Decision for My Account

I've entered a position on GDXJ as described above. The stock at the time of entry was priced at $45.16.

-- Tim Bovee, Portland, Oregon, Oct. 14, 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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