JWN Analysis

Nordstron Imc. (JWN)

JWN publishes earnings on Thursday after the closing bell.

I shall use options that trade for the last time eight days hence, on Aug. 18.

Implied volatility stands at 48%, which is 3.5 times the VIX, a measure of the volatility of the S&P 500 index.

JWN’s IV stands in the 72nd percentile of its annual range and at the peak of its most recent broad movement.

The price used for analysis was $46.20.

Premium: $3.55 Expire OTM  
JWN-iron fly Strike Odds Delta
Long 52.50 91.0% 12
Break-even 51.05 ~78.8% ~24
Short 47.50 62.8% 41
Short 47.50 37.0% 59
Break-even 43.55 ~76.0% ~21
Long 40.00 88.3% 10

The premium is 57% of the width of the position’s wings.

The risk/reward ratio is 1.1:1.

Decision for My Account

I like to have the short wings with 5 delta of 50 — i.e., between 45 delta and 55 delta. That’s not possible with this options grid. For that reason I’m passing on JWM.

By Tim Bovee, Portland, Oregon, Aug. 10, 2017


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