DVN Analysis

Devon Energy Corp. (DVN)

Update 4/2/2018: The broad market decline that began in late January added another down day to the charts, and DVN like most stocks was part of it. I exited for a $0.23 debit, or 59.6% of maximum potential profit, with shares at $30.44.

Shares declined by 5.2% over my 17-day holding period, or a -112% annual rate. The options position produced a 147.9% return for a +3,174% annual rate.

I have entered a short vertical spread on DVN, using options that trade for the last time 35 days hence, on April 20. The premium is a $0.57 credit and the stock at the time of entry was priced at $32.12.

I made the decision to enter the trade in my account based on implied analyst expectations of a negative earnings surprise, a downtrend in the stock price within the context of a bearish market..

DVN publishes earnings on May 1 after the closing bell.

Implied volatility stands at 46%, which is 2.3 times the VIX, a measure of the volatility of the S&P 500 index.

DVN’s IV stands higher than 45% of its daily readings over the past year and stands in the 43rd percentile of its most recent broad movement..

The price used for analysis was $32.15.

Premium: $0.57 Expire OTM  
DVN-bear call spread Strike Odds Delta
Long 35.00 81.0% 22
Break-even 32.43 71.7% 32
Short 33.00 62.3% 42

The premium is 57% of the width of the position’s wings.

The risk/reward ratio is 2.5:1.

The bid/ask spread was 3.5%.

By Tim Bovee, Portland, Oregon, March 16, 2018


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4 thoughts on “DVN Analysis

  1. Tim, over the last 12 months, entering a short 40 delta, long 20 delta call spread that expires in 35 days has won 6 times and lost 5 times, and shows a net loss on those 11 trades of about 18%. The short 30-20 delta call spread over the same period has 8 wins, 3 losses for a net profit of about 10%. Good trading….Karl

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