Premium Earnings 11-26-12 – Unlocked
- Posted by Greg Harmon
- on November 27th, 2012
Two names today, one that reports Tuesday after the close, Green Mountain Coffee, $GMCR, and one before the open Wednesday, American Eagle Outfitters, $AEO. The season is slower and some names coming up have less liquidity. Take note of volume before you bid for 50 contracts.
Green Mountain Coffee, $GMCR
Green Mountain Coffee, $GMCR, has been making higher lows after bottoming in July at 17. It is now hanging around the 23.6% retracement of the down move as it heads into earnings. The Relative Strength Index (RSI) has run higher into bullish territory and the Moving Average Convergence Divergence (MACD) indicator is positive, both supporting more upside. A short term upside bias that would be stronger over the 200 day Simple Moving Average (SMA). A move over resistance at 30 sees further resistance at 33.15 before 41 and a gap fill higher at 48.62. Support lower comes at 27.65 and 25.25 before 23.65, 21.50, 20 and 17.11. Short interest is very high at 38%. The reaction to the last 6 earnings reports has been a move of about 28.68% on average or $8.40 making for an expected range of 20.80 to 37.60. The at-the money weekly November Straddles suggest a mere $5.40 move by Expiry Friday with Implied Volatility at 230% above the December at 100%.
Trade Idea 1: Buy the November 29.5 Calls for $2.46.
Trade Idea 2: Buy the November 29.5/33 Call Spreads for $1.40.
Trade Idea 3: Sell the December 22 Puts for a $0.72 credit.
Trade Idea 4: Buy the December 30/33 Call Spreads selling the December 22 Puts for $0.43.
Trade Idea 5: Buy the December 29 Straddle and sell the November 24/34 Strangle for $5.00.
This is a bet that options are fairly pricing the move this week and that it will continue beyond into December expiry
Trade Idea 6: Buy the December 27/31 Strangle and sell the November 24/34 Strangle for $3.00.
This is also a bet that options are fairly pricing the move this week and that it will continue beyond into December expiry, but less outlay and less reward
I like #3 or #4 best.
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American Eagle Outfitters, $AEO
American Eagle Outfitters, $AEO, had a long run higher form a low to start 2012 before pulling back in mid October. The doji at the 200 day Simple Moving Average (SMA) seems to have signaled a reversal and it has been moving higher since, Now in consolidation it has a RSI that is moving higher and a MACD that has crossed to positive supporting further upside. But it is also showing signs of trouble escaping the attraction of the Lower Median Line of the Andrew’s Pitchfork. The Measured Move higher out of the consolidation takes it to 21.20. Resistance is found at 20.35 and 20.80 followed by 21.60 before a gap to 21.67 and the former high at 22.97. Support lower comes at 18.28 and 17.25 before 15.10. The reaction to the last 6 earnings reports has been a move of about 5.30% on average or $1.04 making for an expected range of 18.55 to 20.65. The at-the money December Straddles suggest a roughly $1.85 move by Expiry with Implied Volatility at 43% near the January at 37%.
Trade Idea 1: Buy the December 20 Calls for $0.75.
Trade Idea 2: Buy the December 20/21 Call Spreads for $0.40.
Trade Idea 3: Sell the December 18 Puts for a $0.30 credit.
Trade Idea 4: Buy the December 20/21 Call Spreads and sell the December 18 Puts for $0.10.
I like #4 best with #2 a second best choice
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Gregory W. Harmon CMT, CFA, has traded in the Securities markets since 1986. He has held senior positions including Head of Global Trading, Head of Product Development, Head of Strategy and Director of Equity. (More)