Update 12/23/2021: I exited my short iron condor position on GIS 29 days before expiration, for a $1.03 debit per contract/share, a profit before fees of $64 per contract. Shares were trading at $65.99, down $1.83 from the entry level.
The Implied Volatility Rank at exit was 23.9, down 48.1 points from the entry level.
I exited because the position reached 25% of maximum potential profit, my normal exit point for earnings plays.
Shares declined by 2.7% over three days for a 328% annual rate. The options position produced a 31.1% return for a 3,780% annual rate.
I have entered a short iron condor spread on GIS, using options that trade for the last time 32 days hence, on January 21. The premium is a $1.35 credit per contract share and the stock at the time of entry was priced at $67.81.
The Implied Volatility Ratio stands at 72.0%
The premium is 27% of the width of the position’s short/long spread. The profit zone covers a 5.2% move to the upside and a 10.5% move to the downside.
The risk/reward ratio is 2.7:1, with maximum risk of $265 and maximum reward of $135 per contract.
How I chose the trade. The trade was placed to coincide with GIS’s earnings announcement, beforer the opening bell on the day after entry. The short strikes were set to coincided with the expected move of $2.83 either way, based on options pricing, which gives a price range of $66.25 to $69.37
By Tim Bovee, Portland, Oregon, December 20, 2021
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