XLK Analysis

Technology Select Sector SPDR Fund (XLK)

Update 3/21/2020The normal course of my short iron condor position on XLK was disrupted after a short put leg of the position was assigned because it was in-the-money. The assignment put XLK long shares into my account. I sold the shares and exited the puts on March 13, and allowed the deep in-the-money calls to expire without value.

I entered the position in early February, before the crash. XLK rose to a peak on February 19, traded in a range for a day and then began a swift fall. The implied volatility rank was 79.1% at the exit, up 47.5 percentage points from the entry level.

In analyzing the results I calculated the options and the shares separately, and then combined them into a total result.

Overall, the options produced a $7.40 credit per contract/share, which added to the $1.30 credit at entry resulted in an $8.70 credit. The shares underlying the options opened exit day at $76.26 per share, down $23.40 from the entry level.

Those shares declined by 23.5% over 37 days for a -238% annual rate. The options position produced a 569.2% return for a 11235% annual rate.

The long shares of SMH were placed in my account after assignment for a $137.00 debit per share, and I sold them for a $116.5 credit, a loss of $20.42 per share, or $14.9%, a +5,615% annual rate.

The total return, options and shares, was a loss of $5.79 per share.

I have entered a short iron condor spread on XLK, using options that trade for the last time 44 days hence, on March 20. The premium is a $1.30 credit and the stock at the time of entry was priced at $99.87.

The profit zone for this position is between $105.30 on the upside and $89.30 on the downside.

The implied volatility rank (IVR) stands at 31.6.

Premium: $1.30 Expire OTM
XLK-iron condor Strike Odds Delta
Long 107.00 92.0% 8
Break-even 105.30 84.5% 15.5
Short 104.00 77.0% 23
Short 95.00 75.0% 24
Break-even 89.30 83.0% 16
Long 88.00 91.0% 8

The premium is 26.0% of the width of the position’s wings.

The profit zone covers a 5.4% move to the upside and an 11.8% move to the downside of the entry price, for total coverage of 17.3%

The risk/reward ratio is 2.8:1, with maximum risk of $370 and maximum reward of $130 per contract.

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


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