8/23 – 3:20 p.m. New York time
8/23 – 3:05 p.m. New York time
I have entered an earnings play on WHR.
3/23 – 2:35 p.m. New York time
I have entered a bullish directional play on GM timed to coincide with an earnings announcement.
3/23 – 11:25 a.m. New York time
The present prospects list is GM and WHR.
Of my prospects over the weekend, I am tossing UTX because its strike prices are situated too far from the at-the-money mark, making it awkward to construct a position.
GLW and GM have high earnings surprise expectations from the Zacks earnings surprise predictor algorithm, GLW to the downside and GM to the upside. I shall analyze GM as a directional play (a bull put vertical spread) but reject GLW, since Zacks judges its positive surprise predictions to have the greater reliability.
WHR qualifies for a a full analysis as a non-directional trade (an iron fly).
3/22 – 10 a.m. New York time
I have three prospective earnings plays on my desk for Monday: GLW, GM and UTX and WHR.. In making my final decision, I shall be assessing GLW and GM for their potential as directional trades, as opposed to my neutral iron fly structure. The bid/ask spread for a trade on GLW, UTX and WHR is wider than my standard allows, but both are within reach.
For the remainder of the week, I shall be pulling my prospects from these symbols:
As is my practice during peak earnings season, I tightened up on my screening in order to get a prospects list short enough for me to deal with by screening out all with implied volatilities below the 45th percentile of the past year, implied volatility less than double the VIX, a price below $15 and lacking weekly options for my next expiration, Nov. 3.They have not yet been screened for Zacks indicators nor for their current trend implied volatility percentiles or bid/ask spreads. They were picked from a pool of 158 large-cap symbols of companies publishing earnings.
In the [meridian] field, “am’ means before the market open, “pm” means after the market close, and “xm” means that I don’t yet know the release time.
By Tim Bovee, Portland, Oregon, October 22-23, 2017
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