CRM Analysis inc. (CRM)

Update 11/22/2017: CRM reported earnings of $0.39 per share, beating the Street estimate by 2 cents. The price fell by $1.95 at the opening, well within the profit zone, I exited at 39.9% of maximum potential profit.

Zacks had anticipated a slight chance of an undershoot, giving CRM an earnings surprise predictor score of -0.37 in the context of neutral longer-term expectations for the stock.

Going into earnings CRM showed an upward trend, with the ADX at 52.93,  with the +DI at 32.2 and the -DI at 4.7 for a DI ratio of 6.85.

CRM closed the first trading session after earnings were published down $1.97 from the pre-earns close, a span well within the four-quarter maximum movement of $15.64, the average of $5.26 and the central tendency of $2.52, irrespective of direction.

Shares declined by 1.7% during my holding period of less than a day, or a +628% annual rate. The options position produced a 63.6% return for a +23,206% annual rate

CRM publishes earnings on Tuesday before the opening bell.

I shall use options that trade for the last time 10 days hence, on Dec. 1.

Implied volatility stands at 33%, which is 3.3 times the VIX, a measure of the volatility of the S&P 500 index.

CRM’s IV stands in the 64th percentile of its annual range and at the pak of its most recent broad movement.

The price used for analysis was $108.57.

Premium: $5.12 Expire OTM
CRM-iron fly Strike Odds Delta
Long 120.00 92.1% 9
Break-even 114.12
Short 109.00 54.9% 48
Short 109.00 45.2% 52
Break-even 103.12
Long 98.00 89.2% 9

The premium is 46.5% of the width of the position’s wings.

The risk/reward ratio is 1.1:1.

The zone of profit in the proposed trade covers a $5.50 move either way. The biggest immediate move after each of the past four earnings announcements was $15.64, and the average was $5.25. After eliminating the maximum and minimum post-earnings movements, the central tendency is $2.52.

The expected move covering 85% of occurrences is $4.97, within the profit zone.

The bid/ask spread is 6.1%.

Decision for My Account

I have entered a position on CRM as described above. The stock at the time of entry was priced at $108.39.

By Tim Bovee, Portland, Oregon, November 21, 2017


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