Update 10/1/2018: I exited my short iron position on GNRC at 50% of maximum potential profit, my designated exit point for that strategy. I bought the options back for $0.59 debit, for a $0.62 profit. Shares stood at $57.77 when I exited.
The share price fell for much of the holding period but remained within the profitable range. Implied volatility was fairly steady, declining a little but then rrising a bit. IV stood at 31% when I exited, compared to 35% at entry.
Shares declined by 1.8% over 18 days, or a -36% annual rate. The options position produced a +105.1% return for a +2,131% annual rate.
I have entered a short iron condor spread on GNRC, using options that trade for the last time 37 days hence, on Oct. 19. The premium is a $1.21 credit and the stock at the time of entry was priced at $57.77.
I made the decision to enter the trade in my account based on high implied volatility.
The profit zone for this position is between $61.21 on the upside and $53.71 on the downside.
Implied volatility stands at 35%, which is 3.2 times the VIX, a measure of the volatility of the S&P 500 index.
GNRC’s IV stands higher than 69.8% of its daily readings over the past year.
The price used for analysis was $58.10.
The premium is 48.4% of the width of the position’s wings.
The risk/reward ratio is 1.1:1.
The bid/ask spread was 34.6%.
By Tim Bovee, Portland, Oregon, Sept. 12, 2018
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