Verizon Communications Inc. (VZ)
VZ publishes earnings on Thursday before the opening bell.
I shall use options that trade for the last time nine days hence, on Oct. 27.
Implied volatility stands at 20%, which is double the VIX, a measure of the volatility of the S&P 500 index.
VZ’s IV stands in the 57th percentile of its annual range and the 34th percentile of its most recent broad movement.
At this point, I can go directly to a decision.
Decision for My Account
I put greater emphasis in my decision making on implied volatility within the most recent range. It must be at the 50th percentile or higher for me to take the trade. VZ’s IV has declined, and it now stands in the 34th percentile of its most recent range. Therefore, no trade.
By Tim Bovee, Portland, Oregon, October 18, 2017
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