Lowe’s Companies Inc. (LOW)
Update 4/22/2017: LOW gapped sharply to the upside after earnings were published, moving it into unprofitable territory, where it stayed for the rest of its lifespan. I unwound the position piecemeal, avoiding assignment by exiting the short call spread embedded in the iron fly on April 7 and retaining the short put spread, which was untradeable because of very low premium. The puts expired on April 22.
For the entire life of the position, shares showed a net rise of 3.6% over 53 days, or a +25% annual rate. The options position produced a 31.3% loss on debit for a -216% annual rate.
LOW publishes earnings on Wednesday before the opening bell.
I shall use the APR series of options, which trades for the last time 52 days hence, on April 21.
Implied volatility stands at 267%, which is 2.1 times the VIX, a measure of the volatility of the S&P 500 index.
LOW’s IV stands in the 60th percentile of its annual range and the 77th percentile of its most recent broad movement.
The price used for analysis was $75.06.
|Premium:||$4.37||Expire OTM||iron fly|
The premium is 50% of the width of the position’s wings.
The risk/reward ratio is 1.3:1.
Decision for My Account
I have entered a position on LOW as described above. The stock at the time of entry was priced at $75.13.
By Tim Bovee, Portland, Oregon, Feb. 28, 2017