The Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (GS)
Update 1/25/2017: GS began declining before earnings were announced and continued for a few days thereafter. It then retraced a portion of the decline in what has largely been a sideways move. It hit my exit point — 25% of maximum potential profit — and I exited.
Shares declined by 1.6% over eight days, or a -73% annual rate. The options position produced a 33.3% yield on debit for a +1,518% annual rate
GS publishes earnings on Wednesday before the opening bell.
I shall use the FEB series of options, which trades for the last time 31 days hence, on Feb. 17.
Implied volatility stands at 29%, which is 2.5 times the VIX, a measure of the volatility of the S&P 500 index.
GS’s IV stands in the 27th percentile of its annual range and the 63rd percentile of its most recent broad movement.
The price used for analysis was $239.07.
The premium is 62% of the width of the position’s wings.
The risk/reward ratio is 0.6:1.
Decision for My Account
I’ve entered a position on GS as described above. The stock at the time of entry was priced at $239.03.
By Tim Bovee, Portland, Oregon, Jan. 17, 2017