Thursday, September 15, 2016

KO Analysis

The beverage company The Coca-Cola Co. (KO), headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, is showing implied volatility in the upper half of its one-year range and so qualifies for further analysis.

[KO in Wikipedia]


I shall use the OCT series of options, which trades for the last time 36 days hence, on Oct. 21.


Implied volatility stands at 18%, which is 1.1 times the VIX, a measure of volatility of the S&P 500 index. KO’s volatility stands in the 50th percentile of its annual range. The price used for analysis was $42.12

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

KO has been stairstepping lower since April 8m with the most recent punch to the downside beginning Sept. 8.

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Zacks Investment Research gives the company a neutral ranking.

Brokerages in aggregate give KO a negative 15% enthusiasm rating, with 38% of 13 analysts issuing strong buy recommendations.

The evidence ranges from indifferent to bearish. I shall use a bearish vertical options spread as my strategy.

Bear call spread, short the $43 calls and long the $44 calls,
sold for a credit and expiring 
Oct. 22.
Probability of expiring out-of-the-money


The premium is $0.27, which is 27% of the width of the position’s wings.

The risk/reward ratio is 2.7:1.

The zone of profit in the proposed trade covers a $0.91 above the current price.

Decision for My Account

The risk is too high for the potential reward.

I calculate it this way: I use a hypothetical trade that puts $500 at risk. My goal is a maximum potential gain of at least $200, or $100 at my hypothetical 50% exit point. The maximum profit for this trade is $27 per contract, and the maximum loss is $73. Divide maximum loss into $500 and get seven contracts (rounded up). Multiply the maximum profit by the number of contracts and get $189, which is below the $200 goal.

Sure, it only falls short by $11 per contracts, but with seven contracts, that's $77 on a hypothetical trade that ideally sets up an exit with a $100 profit. Pretty significant in terms of the percentages.

I'm passing on the trade.The stock at the time of decision was priced at $42.09.

-- Tim Bovee, Portland, Oregon, Oct. 15, 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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