Update 11/6/2018: I have exited my direction-neutral short iron fly options position on GILD for a profit. The stock has been tracing out a triangle since late October in the middle of its profit zone. What follows the triangle will be a sharp move away from maximum profit, so i decided to take the money and run.
I bought back the short position for a $5.15 debit per contract/share, with shares going for $70.13. The profit on the options was $103 per contract, which amounts to 16.7% of maximum potential profit.
Shares rose by 1.6% over 12 days, or a +44% annual rate. The options position produced a 20.0% return for a +608% annual rate.
I have entered a short iron fly spread on GILD, using options that trade for the last time 57 days hence, on Dec. 21. The premium is a $6.18 credit and the stock at the time of entry was priced at $69.13
I entered the trade just prior to the company’s publishing earnings, today, Oct. 25, after the closing bell.
The profit zone for this position is between $76.18 on the upside and $66.18 on the downside.
Implied volatility stands at 43%, which is 1.9 times the VIX, a measure of the volatility of the S&P 500 index.
GILD’s IV stands higher than 94% of its daily readings over the past year.
The price used for analysis was $69.03.
The premium is 61.8% of the width of the position’s wings.
The risk/reward ratio is 0.6:1, with maximum potential loss of $382 per contract and maximum potential gain of $618 per contract.
The bid/ask spread was 3.4%.
By Tim Bovee, Portland, Oregon, Oct. 25, 2018
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