Tuesday, November 1, 2016

XLV Analysis

Update 12/1/2016; XLV rose sharply after I entered this positon and then began working its way back to the downside, with implied volatility slipping all along the way. I exited the position today at 52% of potential profit.

Shares had a net rise of 2.9% over 30 days, or a +36% annual rate. The options position produced a 106.9% yield on debit for a +1,301% annual rate.

The Health Care SPDR exchange-traded fund (XLV) closed with high volatility on Monday and so qualifies for further analysis as an options play.

[XLV in detail]


I shall use the DEC series of options, which trades for the last time 45 days hence, on Dec. 16.


Implied volatility stands at 25%, which is double the VIX, a measure of volatility of the S&P 500 index. XLV’s volatility stands in the 68th percentile of its annual range. The price used for analysis was $66.99.

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

XLV has been in a sideways pattern since August 2015 as a countertrend correction within a rise that began in March 2009.

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Zacks Investment Research gives XLV a bullish rating. The top five holdings are Johnson & Jonson, Pfizer, Merck, United Health Group and Medtronic.

Since the price movement is sideways, I shall go with a neutral strategy.

Iron condor, short the $70 calls and long the $72 calls,
short the $62 puts and long the $60 puts,
sold for a credit and expiring Dec. 17.
Probability of expiring out-of-the-money


The premium is $0.60, 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 $4 move either way.

Decision for My Account

I have placed an order on XLV and shall update with the fill. The stock at the time of the order was priced at $66.60.

-- Tim Bovee, Portland, Oregon, Nov. 1, 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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