Alphabet Inc. (GOOGL)
GOOGL publishes earnings on Thursday after the closing bell.
I shall use the MAR series of options, which trades for the last time 50 days hence, on March 17.
Implied volatility stands at 25%, which is 2.2 times the VIX, a measure of the volatility of the S&P 500 index.
GOOGL’s IV stands in the 51st percentile of its annual range and the 86th percentile of its most recent broad movement.
The price used for analysis was $852.40.
The premium is 59% of the width of the position’s wings.
The risk/reward ratio is 0.7:1.
Decision for My Account
This is an excellent trade, but I’m passing on it. It simply commits more to a single trade that I like.
My goal for a trade is generally around $500 in risk. As my funds grow, that will grow, but that’s where I am now.
GOOGL is an $850 stock, per share. Since an options contract is 100 shares minimum, that’s a lot of money on the table. The risk for the trade described about is about $4,000.
Love the trade, but it’s too risk for my blood. Hey, Alphabet! Time for a stock split?
By Tim Bovee, Portland, Oregon, Jan. 26, 2017