XLB Analysis

Materials Select Sector SPDR Fund (XLB)

Update 3/13/2020: I entered my short iron condor position on XLB prior to the Crash of 2020, and exited on March 13, a week before expiration, for a significant loss.

I exited for a $2.22 debit per contract share, a loss of $1.79, with shares trading for $45.24, down $15.60 from entry.

The markets generally began a sharp decline from their peak on February 19 at an unusually swift velocity. The implied volatility rank at exit was 90.2%, up 51.6 points from the entry level.

Shares declined by 34.4% over 37 days, or a -158% annual rate. The options position produced an 82.1% loss for a -570.4% annual rate.

I have entered a short iron condor spread on XLB, using options that trade for the last time 44 days hence, on March 20. The premium is a $0.43 credit and the stock at the time of entry was priced at $60.84.

The profit zone for this position is between $63.43 on the upside and $56.43 on the downside.

The implied volatility rank (IVR) stands at 45.4%.

Premium: $0.43 Expire OTM
XLB-iron condor Strike Odds Delta
Long 64.00 78.0% 12
Break-even 63.43 83.0% 17
Short 63.00 88% 22
Short 58.00 85.0% 24
Break-even 56.43 80.0% 19
Long 56.00 75.0% 14

The premium is 28.7% of the width of the position’s wings.

The profit zone covers a 4.3% move to the upside and a 7.8% move to the downside of the entry price, for total coverage of 12.1%

The risk/reward ratio is 2.5:1, with maximum risk of $107 and maximum reward of $43 per contract.

By Tim Bovee, Portland, Oregon, February 5, 2020


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