I have rejected a short bull put spread on HAS, using options that trade for the last time 17 days hence, on Feb. 9. The bid/ask spread was very high — greater than 100% — and as a firm rule I don’t trade such illiquid assets.
Here’s the analysis that got me to that decision:
I made the decision to analyze the trade in my account based on a downtrend beginning Jan. 16 as measured by the Fisher Transform metric and a bearish rank and a negative score of -3.87% on the earnings surprise predictor from Zacks.
HAS publishes earnings on Feb. 5 before the opening bell.
Implied volatility stands at 40%, which is 3.7 times the VIX, a measure of the volatility of the S&P 500 index.
HAS’s IV stands in the 97th percentile of its annual range and the 96th percentile of its most recent broad movement.
The price used for analysis was $90.77.
|HAS-bear call vertical||Strike||Odds||Delta|
The premium is 65% of the width of the position’s wings.
The risk/reward ratio is 2.1:1.
The bid/ask spread was 146.2%. I generally don’t deal in spreads greater than 10%, and so that killed the position.
By Tim Bovee, Portland, Oregon, Jan. 23, 2018
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