I've been watching this natural gas producer as it's one of the most productive gas producers with one of the best balance sheets out there in a highly beaten up industry. Their valuation is great despite some challenges in the natural gas industry, and they saw a huge selloff after worsened guidance recently. I'm now buying on this weakness.
ORCL (50/29) releases earnings on Wednesday after market close, so look to put on a play in the waning hours of Wednesday's New York session.
Pictured here is a non-standard short strangle, with the short call side doubled up in order to compensate for greater than one dollar wide strikes: 1.30 credit, break evens at 48.70/58.15, and delta/theta of...
COST (46/25) announces earnings on Thursday after market close, so look to put on a play in the waning hours of the regular New York session.
Pictured here is an iron condor in the July (53 days) expiry with the short options at their respective 20 delta strikes. Preliminarily, it's paying 1.55 at the mid price, a smidge shy of one-third the width of...
I'm personally not doing a ton here with May opex a mere week away and June at 40 days until expiry, which is a smidge short of that 45 day wheel house I like to use for putting on plays. However, there is "stuff" to do if you're so inclined ... .
M (71/54) announces earnings on Wednesday before market open, so you'll want to shoot for a fill on whatever you do...
RIG (30/54) announces on Monday after market close; CRON (18/98), Tuesday before market open; and CZR (45/58) and IQ (22/64) on Thursday after market close.
Given its size (8.93/share as of Friday close), only a short straddle makes sense for a nondirectional play. Unfortunately, the March 9 only pays .96, making a 25% max take profit a...
(Pulling hair out). Ugh. A tough market temporarily for premium sellers. With VIX caving in dramatically off of its late December greater-than-35 highs, premium selling is the old gray mare that (temporarily) just ain't what it used to be.
That being said, there are a couple of potential earnings plays to be had next week: IBM (68/31; Tuesday after market...
After a short break for shortened trading weeks for the Christmas and New Year's holidays (how bout them holiday markets, huh?), I'm back to my regular routine. Here's what's on tap for the coming week ... .
I'm not seeing much on the earnings front for volatility contraction plays or premium plays in high implied volatility around earnings that are...
With but a few trading days left in 2018, it's time to consider taking tax losses in non-tax deferred accounts
Personally, I flattened out of virtually everything on Friday, taking my lumps here particularly in my SPY, QQQ static, defined risk core positions in this fairly atypical year-end sell-off so that I can start off 2019 fairly clean, with smaller 2018...
ESV extending its decline beyond the Brent move, opening a divergence. Gap should fill.
It's also close to previous major bottoms.
Sentiment on extreme low.
Demark indicators pointing for reversal.
Personally, I'm not doing a ton here beyond looking at cleaning up remaining December cycle setups and evaluating whether there are poo piles that should be looked at for the taking of tax loss in the margin account before year's end. Nevertheless, here's an outline of what's potentially playable in the coming week ... .
ADBE (81/49) announces earnings on...
Earnings With >70 Rank/>50 Implied:
No underlyings with highly liquid options with earnings announcements in the next week. With single names with earnings announcements in the rear view mirror, we're looking at earnings starting up again in the January cycle; I'd rather just play those closer to the announcement, rather than get caught up in a volatility...
... for a 2.62/contract credit.
Max Profit on Setup: $138/contract
Max Loss on Setup: $262/contract
Debit Paid to Spread Width Ratio: 65.5%
Break Even: 18.62 vs. 18.60 spot
Notes: Taking a bullish assumption directional shot in OIH with plenty of time to work out/reduce cost basis ... . Will look at taking profit at 50% max.
I think $HAL is poised to rise up to 50% from here, it tested a monthly support and held up, and is now shooting up with oil coming out of a correction. I'm entering positions at market open, and looking to add over time as the trend develops, if it does bottom here as I see it now.
Best of luck,