SNAP Analysis

Snap Inc. (SNAP)

Update 8/14/2017: SNAP’s results came in at a loss of $0.16 per share, lower than the $0.14% loss in the analysts’ consensus forecast. Shares immediately declined by about $2, traded as high $2.20, declined a again to its $2 loss and then on the second day rose to close to pre-earnings levels. I exited with shares at $12.

Shares showed a net declined of 11.2% over my four-day holding period, or a -1,026% annual rate. Tye options position produced a 2.4% loss on debit for a -223% annual rate. 

Zacks Investment Research forecast a downside earnings surprise a 29% score, which in terms of direction and the market response is in line with what actually happened.

Had I exited on the first session after earnings were published, I would have paid a $3.62 debit. By waiting, I reduced the debit to $2.05, mitigating the loss. In this case, waiting proved to be the correct strategy.

SNAP 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 94%, which is 6.4 times the VIX, a measure of the volatility of the S&P 500 index.

SNAP’s IV stands in the 97th percentile of both its range since trading began last March and its most recent broad movement.

The price used for analysis was $13.54.

Premium: $2.00 Expire OTM  
SNAP-iron fly Strike Odds Delta
Long 18.00 90.9% 14
Break-even 16.00 ~80.8% ~26
Short 14.00 69.6% 48
Short 14.00 39.3% 52
Break-even 12.00 ~67.0% ~26
Long 10.00 87.7% 8

The premium is 50% 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 SNAP as described above. The stock at the time of entry was priced at $13.52.

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


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