Live: Saturday, April 22, 2017

3/22 – 2:00 p.m. New York time

Two zombie positions expired today, on LOW and TGT. By “zombie” I mean very low premium options that are the remnants of a more complex structures. The low premium means they can’t be traded, so there they sit, tying up funds until the day of their departure arrives.

The entire positions on LOW and TGT produced losses. I have updated their analyses with results.

By Tim Bovee, Portland, Oregon, April 22, 2017

 

FXE Analysis

CurrencyShares Euro ETF (FXE)

I am constructing an event play for the first round of the French presidential election on Sunday. There are four ideologically diverse candidates running a tight race, including the right-wing party leader Marine Le Pen.

It all leaves room for all sorts of surprises and for none at all. See more details in the excellent Wikipedia article covering the election.

If no candidate gets more than half the vote on Sunday, the election will go to a run-off between the top two candidates, on May 7. I am playing each vote separately.

I have chosen FXE as my vehicle, as I did before last  year’s Bexit vote in the U.K. It tracks the Euro and therefore the heart of the European project.

I shall use the APR28 series of weekly options, which trades for the last time seven days hence, on April 28.

Implied volatility stands at 15%, about the same as the VIX, a measure of the volatility of the S&P 500 index.

FXE’s IV stands in the 100th percentile of both its annual range and its most recent broad movement.

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V Analysis

Visa Inc. (V)

Update 4/21/2017: V rose sharply in the pre-market after earnings were published and then after the opening bell dropped back to to the prior day’s closing, bringing the price to close to the maximum profit point on my position. I exited at 20.6% of maximum potential profit; my goal was 25%. Since time is money, I think getting out early was a good trade-off.

Stocks showed a net decline of 0.9% over one day, or a 317% annual rate The options position produced a 26.0% yield on debit for a +9.490% annual rate.


 

V publishes earnings on Thursday after the closing bell.

I shall use the 28APR series of option weeklys, which trades for the last time eight days hence, on April 28.

Implied volatility stands at 26%, which is 1.8 times the VIX, a measure of the volatility of the S&P 500 index.

V’s IV stands in the 75th percentile of its annual range and the 91st percentile of its most recent broad movement.

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CSX Analysis

CSX Corp. (CSX)

Update 4/20/2017: CSX gapped sharply higher after earnings were published. I exited for a loss.

Shares rose by 6.7% over one day, or a +2,458% annual rate. The options position produced a -46.5% loss on debit for a -16,974% annual rate


 

CSX publishes earnings on Wednesday after the closing bell.

I shall use the MAY series of options, which trades for the last time 30 days hence, on May 19.

Implied volatility stands at 35%, which is 2.5 times the VIX, a measure of the volatility of the S&P 500 index.

CSX’s IV stands in the 75th percentile of its annual range and the 64th percentile of its most recent broad movement.

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EBAY Analysis

eBay Inc. (EBAY)

Update 4/20/2017: EBAY gapped to the downside after earnings were published but remained within the profit zone. I exited at 25% of maximum potential profit.

Shares declined by 4.1% over one day, or a -1,500% annual rate. The options position produced a +33.3% yield on debit for a +12,167% annual rate.


 

EBAY publishes earnings on Wednesday after the closing bell.

I shall use the APR monthlies options, which trades for the last time two days hence, on April 21.

Implied volatility stands at 36%, which is 2.5 times the VIX, a measure of the volatility of the S&P 500 index.

EBAY’s IV stands in the 75th percentile of its annual range and the 71st percentile of its most recent broad movement.

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QCOM Analysis

Qualcom Inc. (QCOM)

Update 4/20/2017: QCOM declined after earnings were published but remained well within the zone of profitability. I exited at 45.6% of maximum potential profit.

Shares declined by 1.8% over one day, or a -640% annual rate. The options position produced an 84.0% yield on debit for a +30,649% annual rate.


 

QCOM publishes earnings on Wednesday after the closing bell.

I shall use the APR monthlies options, which trades for the last time two days hence, on April 21.

Implied volatility stands at 34%, which is 2.4 times the VIX, a measure of the volatility of the S&P 500 index.

QCOM’s IV stands in the 85th percentile of its annual range and at the top of its most recent broad movement.

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