NaughtyPines

EARNINGS PLAY: NFLX JULY 29TH 85.5/111 SHORT STRANGLE

NASDAQ:NFLX   NETFLIX INC
Unfortunately, the only underlying announcing earnings next week that has sufficient implied volatility to consider selling premium in is NFLX             , with an implied volatility of 52%.

It announces earnings on Monday after market close, so look to put on a play some time on Monday, preferably right before the NY close.

Preliminarily (I'm checking this crap in off hours, so it's rarely spot on), here are the metrics for the two setups I would consider doing:

NFLX             July 29th 85.5/111 short strangle
Probability of Profit: 74%
Max Profit: $215/contract
Max Loss: Undefined
Break Evens: 83.35/113.15

NFLX             July 29th 81.5/85.5/111/115 iron condor
Probability of Profit: 70%
Max Profit: $99/contract
Max Loss: $301/contract
Break Evens: 84.51/111.99

Naturally, strikes may need to be tweaked slighly depending on price movement on Monday.
Comment: I went with the iron condor, which I got filled for .94 ($94/contract) with slightly tweaked strikes (81/85/110/114). Post-announcement, price is right at my short strike ... .
Comment: Out of the put side for a .02 debit -- near max profit; will take the put side off for scratch if I get a chance ... . Just going to leave it there for now and see what happens.
Comment: Hanging on to 85 ... by a thread. Lol.
Comment: At first I thought I would shoot for taking off the put side (81/85) for scratch, having gotten nearly max profit out of the call side. However, with price moving up here, I think I'm going to go for broke and shoot for near max on the put side as well (naturally, keeping an eye on it).
Comment: Ugh. Price never stays exactly where you want it to. If price is "too close for comfort" on Tuesday, I'll roll the short put side out and sell a short call strike side against for a credit that exceeds the cost of the roll.
Trade closed manually: Covered the put side for a .34/contract debit. Here's the whole chain: Opening: NFLX July 29th 81/85/110/114 for a .94 credit/contract. Closing: Call side for a .02/contract debit. Closing: Put side for a .34 debit. Net profit: $49.82/contract after fees.
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