Wednesday, September 14, 2016

INTC Analysis

Update 10/13/2016: INTC fell with the market,moving back into its zone of profit. I exited as the options approached expiration.

Shares declined by -2.7% over 29 days, or a -34.2% annual rate. The options position produced a +20.8% yield on debit for a +262% annual rate

The semiconductor manufacturer Intel Corp. (INTC), headquartered in Santa Clara, California, has implied volatility in the upper half of its one-year range and qualifies for a full analysis.

[INTC in Wikipedia]


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


Implied volatility stands at 28%, which is 1.7 times the VIX, a measure of volatility of the S&P 500 index. INTC’s volatility stands in the 50th percentile of its annual range. The price used for analysis was $35.60

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

INTC has been zig-zagging sideways between roughly $28 and $38 since peaking in December 2014.
It is presently off of its most recent reversal, which began Sept. 8.

Volatility Trading
by Euan Sinclair

Zacks Investment Research gives INTC a neutral ranking.

Brokerages in aggregate give INTC a 25% enthusiasm rating, with 63% of 32 analysts issuing strong buy recommendations.

The chart near term has a bearish cast but the Street is bullish. I'll use a direction-neutral strategy in building a trade.

Iron condor, short the $38 calls and long the $39 calls,
short the $33 puts and long the $32 puts,
sold for a credit and expiring Oct. 22.
Probability of expiring out-of-the-money

The premium is $0.29, which is 29% of the width of the position’s wings.

The risk/reward ratio is 2.5:1.

The zone of profit in the proposed trade covers a $3 move either way.

Decision for My Account

I entered a position on INTC as described above. The stock at the time of entry was priced at $35.67.

-- 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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