The Charles Schwab Corp. (SCHW)
Update 10/17/2017: SCHW’s earnings matched the consensus forecast, and prices fluctuated in a range that remained within the profit zone. I exited at 8.8% of maximum potential profit, below my target of 25%.
SCHW’s share price stayed within the zone of profit after earnings were published and came close to the central tendency of the last four post-earns movements. Zacks‘ earnings surprise predictor had given SCHW a 0.20 positive score.
Shares rose by 0.3% over my four-day holding period, or a +29% annual rate. The options position prouced a 9.6% return for a +879% annual rate.
SCHW publishes earnings on Monday before the opening bell.
I shall use options that trade for the last time 14 days hence, on Oct. 27.
Implied volatility stands at 24%, which is 2.5 times the VIX, a measure of the volatility of the S&P 500 index.
SCHW’s IV stands in the 69th percentile of its annual range and the 28th percentile of its most recent broad movement.
The price used for analysis was $44.75.
The premium is 49.3% of the width of the position’s wings.
The risk/reward ratio is 1:1.
The zone of profit in the proposed trade covers a $1.50 move either way. The biggest immediate move after each of the past four earnings announcements was $0.77, and the average was $0.34. After eliminating the maximum and minimum post-earnings movements, the central tendency is $0.26.
The expected move covering 85% of occurrences is $1.46, within /the profit zone.
The bid/ask spread is 20%.
Decision for My Account
Although the bid/ask spread is a bit wider than I like, the expected move and post-earns historical moves make the trade attractive. I have entered a position on SCHW as described above. The stock at the time of entry was priced at $44.68.
By Tim Bovee, Portland, Oregon, October 13, 2017
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