SPDR S&P Oil and Gas Exploration and Production (ETF) (XOP)
Update 7/12/2017: XOP traced a sideways zig-zag about $2 wide since I entered, in the last. In the last few days it has toyed with my target level but never quite made it. To clear space for other trades and to remove risk, I exited at 22.2% of maximum potential profit. My target was 25%.
Shares rose by 1.3% over 15 days, or a +33% annual rate. The options position produced a +28.6% yield on debit for a +695% annual rate.
XOP has halted its decline with implied volatility still relatively high. I shall look at it as a non-directional trade on the expectation that the price will fluctuate sideways for awhile before making its next move.
I shall use options that trade for the last time 24 days hence, on July 21.
Implied volatility stands at 33%, which is 3.3 times the VIX, a measure of the volatility of the S&P 500 index.
XOP’s IV stands in the 39th percentile of its annual range and the 75th percentile of its most recent broad movement.
The price used for analysis was $31.42.
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 XOP as described above. The stock at the time of entry was priced at $31.34.
By Tim Bovee, Portland, Oregon, June 27, 2017
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