Wednesday, October 5, 2016

GDXJ Analysis

Update 11/10/2016: GDXJ became profitable as expiration approached  and I exited, at 23% of my maximum potential profit, less than my 50% goal.

Shares rose by 0.7% over 36 days, or a +7% annual rate. The options position produced a 30.0% yield on debit for a +304% 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 high implied volatility, making it a candidate for a volatility play using options spreads.

GDXJ's top three holdings as a percentage of the total portfolio are First Majestic Silver Corp. (AG),  Alamos Gold Inc. (AGI) and B2Gold Corp (BTG).

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I shall use the NOV series of options, which trades for the last time 44 days hence, on Nov. 18.


Implied volatility stands at 56%, which is 4.3 times the VIX, a measure of volatility of the S&P 500 index. GDXJ’s volatility stands in the 77th percentile of its annual range. The price used for analysis was $38.27.

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 has fallen sharply since I last analyzed it in mid-September, part of a decline that began Sept. 21 and is now in its 2nd downward leg.

I shall structure the trade as a bear play.

Bear call spread, short the $40 calls and long the $41 calls,
sold for a credit and expiring 
Nov. 19.
Probability of expiring out-of-the-money


The premium is $0.65, which is 33% of the width of the position’s wings.

The risk/reward ratio is 2.1:1.

The short strike is $1.58 above the current price.

Decision for My Account

I have entered a position on GDXJ.  The stock at the time of entry was priced at $38.16.

-- Tim Bovee, Portland, Oregon, Oct. 5, 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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