Update 9/18/2018: ORCL dropped sharply after earnings were published and then quickly recovered most of the temporary loss. I exited at 36.5% of maximum potential profit. Shares were at $48.65, and the debit on my options was $1.90, producing a profit of $109 per contract.
Shares declined by 1.3% over my one-day holding period, or a -489% annual rate. The options position produced a +57.4% return for a +20,939% annual rate.
I have entered a short iron fly spread on ORCL, using options that trade for the last time 32 days hence, on Oct. 19. The premium is a $2.99 credit and the stock at the time of entry was priced at $49.31.
I made the decision to enter the trade in my account based on an earnings announcement.
The profit zone for this position is between $51.99 on the upside and $45.99 on the downside.
ORCL publishes earnings on Sept. 19 after the opening bell.
Implied volatility stands at 30%, which is 2.4 times the VIX, a measure of the volatility of the S&P 500 index.
ORCL’s IV stands in the 70th percentile of its most recent broad movement..
The price used for analysis was $49.72.
The premium is 50% of the width of the position’s wings.
The risk/reward ratio is 1:1.
The bid/ask spread was 3.2%.
By Tim Bovee, Portland, Oregon, Sept. 17, 2018
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