Update 10/17/2018: I have exited LEN for a loss $0.36 loss per contract/share, as share prices declined by $4.11 during my 15-day holding period. The debit on the options at exit was $3.59 per contract share.
I chose to exit because the stock would go ex-dividend the next day. Since the position was in-the-money, there was a significant chance that the options would be assigned, an outcome I preferred to avoid.
LEN had been falling steadily since April when I entered the position, and after earnings were published, continued to fall. There was no drama, just a steady pace.
Shares declined by 8.7% over the 15 days, or a -211% annual rate. The options position produced a 10.0% loss for a -244% annual rate.
I have entered a short iron fly spread on LEN, using options that trade for the last time 45 days hence, on Nov. 16. The premium is a $3.23 credit and the stock at the time of entry was priced at $47.43.
I made the decision to enter the trade in my account based because of an earnings announcement, on Oct. 3 before the opening bell.
Implied volatility stands at 40%, which is 3.3 times the VIX, a measure of the volatility of the S&P 500 index. LEN’s IV rank stands at 81%.
The price used for analysis was $47.51.
The premium is 65% of the width of the position’s wings.
The risk/reward ratio is 0.5:1, with a maximum potential loss of $274 and maximum potential gain of $323.
The bid/ask spread was 2.8%.
By Tim Bovee, Portland, Oregon, Oct. 2, 2018
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