Wednesday, November 16, 2016

NTAP Analysis

The data management and storage company NetApp Inc. (NTAP), headquartered in Sunnyvale, California, publishes earnings on Wednesday after the closing bell.

[NTAP in Wikipedia]


I shall use the DEC series of options, which trades for the last time 30 days hence, on Dec. 16.


Implied volatility stands at 46%, which is 3.3 times the VIX, a measure of volatility of the S&P 500 index. NTAP’s volatility stands in the 57TH percentile of its annual range. The price used for analysis was $34.71.

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

NTAP has been in a shallow decline since 2011. The price most recently executed an upward move that peaked on Sept. 22, took a step down and since Nov. 4 has recovered back to the upside, although it remains below the peak.

Zacks Investment Research is neutral about NTAP's prospects.

Brokerages give NTAP negative 76% enthusiasm rating -- it deserves to be called "loathing rating" at that level -- with 12% of 25 analysts issuing strong by recommendations.

NTAP's price has risen immediately after two of the last four earnings announcements.

Given the chart, I don't feel confident enough to do a directional trade, so I'll use an iron condor construction, which is direction neutral.

Iron condor, short the $38 calls and long the $39 calls,
short the $30 puts and long the $29 puts,
sold for a credit and expiring Dec. 17.
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 $4 move either way. The biggest immediate move after each of the past four earnings announcements was $5.03, and the average was $1.53. After eliminating the maximum and minimum post-earnings movements, the central tendency is $0.50.

Decision for My Account

I' placed an order on NTAP as described above but was unable to get a fill at my asking price. The stock at the time of the order was priced at $34.56.

-- Tim Bovee, Portland, Oregon, Nov. 16, 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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