XLB Analysis

Materials Select Sector SPDR Fund (XLB)

Update 6/4/2019: XLB turned profitable 17 days before expiration, and I exited my short iron condor position for 22.9% of maximum potential profit. It cost me a $0.37 debit to close the position, leaving an $0.11 profit from the entry credit of $0.48. 

XLB languidly fell for most of the period I held the position, and then rose sharply for two last two days. I exited with share prices trading at $54.97, down $1.50 from the entry price. The implied volatility ratio at the close was 32.5%, up 4 points from when I entered the position.

Shares declined by 2.7% over 32 days, or a -30% annual rate. The options position produced a 29.7% return for a +339% annual rate.

I have entered a short iron condor spread on XLB, using options that trade for the last time 49 days hence, on June 21. The premium is a $0.48 credit and the stock at the time of entry was priced at $56.47.

The profit zone for this position is between $59.48 on the upside and $49.48 on the downside.

The implied volatility rank (IVR) stands at 28.5.

Premium: $0.48 Expire OTM
XLB-iron condor Strike Odds Delta
Long 61.00 96.0% 5
Break-even 59.48 89.0% 12.5
Short 59.00 82.0% 20
Short 53.00 80.0% 18
Break-even 49.48 86.0% 12.5
Long 49.00 92.0% 7

The premium is 16% of the width of the position’s wings.

The risk/reward ratio is 5.3:1.

By Tim Bovee, Portland, Oregon, May 3, 2019


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