Weekly Earnings Commentary
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Our focus this week will be on Home Depot (HD), Target (TGT) and Walmart (WMT).
We’ve gotten back on track the past few weeks with another small winning trade, a one-day, 4.2% gain in Disney (DIS). In total we’ve placed six trades this earnings season, with a cumulative loss of -11.9%. With a few more weeks left on the earnings calendar, we have three to four more opportunities to bring our returns back to breakeven for this cycle or possibly into positive territory.
Our overall return is 33.1% - certainly nothing to write home about, but also no complaints as we thankfully sit in positive territory during what has been an incredibly challenging market for all participants over the past year.
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- Home Depot (HD)
- Target (TGT)
- Walmart (WMT)
Top Earnings Options Plays
Here are a few top earnings options plays for this week (5/15-5/19) if you are so inclined:
Trade Ideas for Next Week
As a reminder, you will quickly begin to notice I tend to stick with stocks that have high liquidity as it’s far easier to get in and out of a trade. Medium liquidity offers tradable options, but sometimes the bid-ask spread is wider, which means a greater potential for more price adjustments, making entering and exiting a trade difficult from time to time. Remember, there are roughly 3,200 tradable stocks with options and 11% have medium liquidity while only 3% have what’s considered high liquidity.
Potential Trade Ideas for This Week
Walmart (WMT) is due to announce earnings Thursday before the opening bell.
The stock is currently trading for 153.07.
- IV Rank: 29.7
- IV: 33.0%
Expected Move for the May 26, 2023, Expiration Cycle: 147 to 160
Knowing the expected range, I want to place the short call strike and short put strike of my iron condor outside of the expected range, in this case outside of 147 to 160.
- If we look at the call side of WMT for the May 26, 2023, expiration, we can see that selling the 162.5 call strike offers an 88.34% probability of success. The 162.5 call strike sits just above the expected move, or 160.
Now let us move to the put side. Same process as the call side. But now we want to find a suitable strike below the low side of our expected move, or 147. The 142 put, with an 87.12% probability of success, works.
We can create a trade with a nice probability of success if WMT stays within the 20.5-point range, or between the 162.5 call strike and the 142 put strike. Our probability of success on the trade is 88.34% on the upside and 87.12% on the downside.
Moreover, we have a 6.2% cushion to the upside and a 7.2% margin of error to the downside.
If one wanted to make a trade, below are the potential strikes that make the most sense or are at least a starting point for a trade. At the time of the trade, my hope is that I can increase my “cushion,” or probabilities of success on the trade, as I would be far more comfortable. However, the premium must still make sense.
Here is the potential trade (as always, if I decide to place a trade in WMT, I will send a trade alert with updated data):
Sell to open WMT May 26, 2023, 162.5 calls
Buy to open WMT May 26, 2023, 167.5 calls
Sell to open WMT May 26, 2023, 142 puts
Buy to open WMT May 26, 2023, 137 puts for roughly $0.62 or $62 per iron condor.
Our margin requirement would be roughly $438 per iron condor. Again, the goal of selling the WMT iron condor is to have the underlying stock stay below the 162.5 call strike and above the 142 put strike immediately after WM earnings are announced.
Here are the parameters for this trade:
- The probability of success – 88.34% (call side) and 87.12% (put side)
- The maximum return on the trade is the credit of $0.62, or $62 per iron condor
- Max return: 14.2% (based on $438 margin per iron condor)
- Break-even level: 163.12 – 141.38.
As always, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The next Cabot Options Institute – Earnings Trader issue will be published on May 22, 2023.