Lowe’s Companies Inc. (LOW)
Update 5/25/2017: LOW gapped to the downside after earnings were published and then recovered about half of the loss. I exited at 43.9% of maximum potential profit.
Shares showed a net decline of 2.2% over two days, or a -401% annual rate. The options position produced a 78.3% yield on debit for a +14,296% annual rate.
LOW publishes earnings on Wednesday before the opening bell.
I shall use the series of monthly options that trade for the last time 10 days hence, on June 2.
Implied volatility stands at 27%, which is 2.5 times the VIX, a measure of the volatility of the S&P 500 index.
LOW’s IV stands in the 71st percentile of its annual range and the 77th percentile of its most recent broad movement.
The price used for analysis was $83.00.
The premium is 49% of the width of the position’s wings.
The risk/reward ratio is 1:1.
Decision for My Account
I have entered an order on LOW as described above. I had mentioned the spotty liquidity as measured by open interest. In making a decision, I looked at liquidity through another metric: The bid/ask spread on the relevant strike prices. By that measure, LOW had sufficient liquidity to support a trade. The stock at the time of entry was priced at $3.94.
By Tim Bovee, Portland, Oregon, May 23, 2017