Volatility report - week 11 - earnings, expected moves and trade setups (NDX, AEX, CAC40, ADBE) Volatility report - week 11 - earnings, expected moves and trade setups (NDX, AEX, CAC40, ADBE) Volatility report - week 11 - earnings, expected moves and trade setups (NDX, AEX, CAC40, ADBE)

Volatility report - week 11 - earnings, expected moves and trade setups (NDX, AEX, CAC40, ADBE)

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Koen Hoorelbeke

Options Strategist

Summary:  This week's volatility report outlines key trade setups for NDX, AEX, CAC40 and ADBE, targeting respective market movements. Amidst varying market conditions, we offer strategies ranging from bullish to bearish, emphasizing the critical nature of managing in-the-money options to avoid assignment risks as expiration nears.


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Volatility report - week 11 (Mar 11 - Mar 15, '24)

Welcome to this week's Volatility Report, a guide for traders and investors seeking to navigate the dynamic world of stock market fluctuations. In this report, we list the expected movements and implied volatility rankings* of stocks with upcoming earnings announcements, as well as key indices and ETFs. In this edition we'll also have a look at some possible trade setups for a selection of ETF's and stocks in the list; NDX, AEX, CAC40, ADBE.

Important note: the strategies and examples provided in this article are purely for educational purposes. They are intended to assist in shaping your thought process and should not be replicated or implemented without careful consideration. Every investor or trader must conduct their own due diligence and take into account their unique financial situation, risk tolerance, and investment objectives before making any decisions. Remember, investing in the stock market carries risk, and it's crucial to make informed decisions.


Expected moves and volatility

Volatility and Expected Moves Analysis

Expected moves**, derived from at-the-money strike prices post-earnings**, indicate potential price volatility.

In the table above you'll find the following data:

  • Volatility Comparison: Implied volatility (IV) is currently contrasted against the 30-day historical figure to assess market expectations. A significant disparity often marks a prime scenario for premium selling.
  • IV Rank Insights: IV Rank situates the current IV within the past year's range. Values above 20% generally signal higher-than-average volatility, favoring premium selling, while lower values suggest caution for such strategies.
  • IV Rank 5D: IV Rank 5D situates the current IV within the past 5 day's range. Values of 100% indicate that the IV is at it's highest in the last 5 days. A higher value indicates the IV has been rising in the last few days, and might be worth considering to sell premium.
  • Highlighted Stocks:

    The list contains 4 highlighted stocks which each have 3 trade setup ideas (bullish, neutral, bearish). These ideas are listed below.


In this section of our volatility report, we're focusing on three credit and/or debit strategies that align with various market outlooks for our featured indices/etfs/stocks/.... For each underlying, we present a bullish, neutral, and bearish trade setup, designed to match your expectations for the underlying’s future price action.

Think of these strategies as starting points to shape your trading plans. Each setup is flexible – you can adjust the strike prices and the widths of the spreads (set by default at $5) to suit your trading needs. The credit spreads we've chosen are bold, with strike prices set near the current price of the stock to seek higher rewards at increased risk. Feel empowered to place these strikes further away or closer based on your own market analysis and confidence.

Remember, these setups are foundational guides. It’s essential to refine them to fit your individual trading style and outlook, ensuring they support your trading objectives and risk management preferences.


Nasdaq 100 Index (NDX)

Here are the trade setups for the Nasdaq 100 Index (NDX) for the week of March 11 to March 15, 2024, based on the screenshot above:

  1. Bullish Trade Setup (Put Credit Spread):

    • Selling an 17800 put and buying a 17790 put, both expiring on 15-Mar-2024.
    • Premium received: 300.00 USD.
    • Maximum profit: 300.00 USD, which is the premium received if NDX stays above 17800 at expiration.
    • Maximum risk: 700.00 USD (the difference between the strike prices minus the premium received).
    • Breakeven: 17797.00 USD (sold put strike minus the premium received).

  2. Neutral Trade Setup (Short Iron Condor):

    • Selling an 18280 call and a 17600 put, and buying an 18290 call and a 17590 put, all expiring on 15-Mar-2024.
    • Net premium received: 370.00 USD.
    • Maximum profit: 370.00 USD, achieved if NDX closes between the short call and short put strikes at expiration.
    • Maximum risk: 630.00 USD (the difference between the strikes of the widest spread minus the net premium received).
    • Upper breakeven: 18283.70 USD (short call strike plus net premium received).
    • Lower breakeven: 17596.30 USD (short put strike minus net premium received).

  3. Bearish Trade Setup (Call Credit Spread):

    • Selling an 18130 call and buying an 18140 call, expiring on 15-Mar-2024.
    • Premium received: 350.00 USD.
    • Maximum profit: 350.00 USD, realized if NDX stays below 18140 at expiration.
    • Maximum risk: 650.00 USD (the difference between the strike prices minus the premium received).
    • Breakeven: 18133.50 USD (sold call strike plus premium received).

These strategies for NDX are designed to cater to different market sentiments:

  • The Put Credit Spread is for those bullish on NDX, expecting it not to fall below a certain level.
  • The Short Iron Condor is for traders who anticipate NDX to trade within a specified range, benefiting from time decay.
  • The Call Credit Spread is intended for a bearish outlook, hoping for NDX to remain below the sold call strike.

AEX Index

Here are the trade setups for the AEX Index for the week of March 11 to March 15, 2024, based on the above screenshot:

  1. Bullish Trade Setup (Put Credit Spread):

    • Selling an 846 put and buying an 842 put, both expiring on 15-Mar-2024.
    • Premium received: 85.00 EUR.
    • Maximum profit: 85.00 EUR, which is the premium received if AEX stays above 846 at expiration.
    • Maximum risk: 315.00 EUR (the difference between the strike prices minus the premium received).
    • Breakeven: 845.15 EUR (sold put strike minus the premium received).

  2. Neutral Trade Setup (Short Iron Condor):

    • Selling an 862 call and an 842 put, and buying an 866 call and an 838 put, all expiring on 15-Mar-2024.
    • Net premium received: 144.00 EUR.
    • Maximum profit: 144.00 EUR, achieved if AEX closes between the short call and short put strikes at expiration.
    • Maximum risk: 256.00 EUR (the difference between the strikes of the widest spread minus the net premium received).
    • Upper breakeven: 863.44 EUR (short call strike plus net premium received).
    • Lower breakeven: 840.56 EUR (short put strike minus net premium received).

  3. Bearish Trade Setup (Call Credit Spread):

    • Selling an 858 call and buying an 862 call, expiring on 15-Mar-2024.
    • Premium received: 130.00 EUR.
    • Maximum profit: 130.00 EUR, realized if AEX stays below 858 at expiration.
    • Maximum risk: 270.00 EUR (the difference between the strike prices minus the premium received).
    • Breakeven: 859.30 EUR (sold call strike plus premium received).

Each of these setups reflects a different market outlook for the AEX Index:

  • The Put Credit Spread is for those who are optimistic and believe the index will not drop below the strike of the sold put.
  • The Short Iron Condor is ideal for scenarios where the index is expected to remain within a certain range, allowing traders to benefit from time decay and non-movement.
  • The Call Credit Spread suggests a pessimistic view, aiming for profits as long as the index doesn't rise above the strike of the sold call.

CAC 40 Index

Here are the trade setups for the CAC40 Index for the week of March 11 to March 15, 2024, based on the screenshot above:

Bullish Trade Setup (Put Credit Spread):

  • Selling a 7975 put and buying a 7925 put, both expiring on 15-Mar-2024.
  • Premium received: 114.00 EUR.
  • Maximum profit: 114.00 EUR, which is the premium received if CAC40 stays above 7975 at expiration.
  • Maximum risk: 386.00 EUR (the difference between the strike prices minus the premium received).
  • Breakeven: 7963.60 EUR (sold put strike minus the premium received).

Neutral Trade Setup (Short Iron Condor):

  • Selling an 8100 call and a 7925 put, and buying an 8150 call and a 7875 put, all expiring on 15-Mar-2024.
  • Net premium received: 152.00 EUR.
  • Maximum profit: 152.00 EUR, achieved if CAC40 closes between the short call and short put strikes at expiration.
  • Maximum risk: 348.00 EUR (the difference between the strikes of the widest spread minus the net premium received).
  • Upper breakeven: 8115.20 EUR (short call strike plus net premium received).
  • Lower breakeven: 7909.80 EUR (short put strike minus net premium received).

Bearish Trade Setup (Call Credit Spread):

  • Selling an 8075 call and buying an 8125 call, expiring on 15-Mar-2024.
  • Premium received: 134.00 EUR.
  • Maximum profit: 134.00 EUR, realized if CAC40 stays below 8075 at expiration.
  • Maximum risk: 366.00 EUR (the difference between the strike prices minus the premium received).
  • Breakeven: 8088.40 EUR (sold call strike plus premium received).

Each of these setups reflects a different market outlook for the CAC40 Index:

  • The Put Credit Spread is for those who are optimistic and believe the index will not drop below the strike of the sold put.
  • The Short Iron Condor is ideal for scenarios where the index is expected to remain within a certain range, allowing traders to benefit from time decay and non-movement.
  • The Call Credit Spread suggests a pessimistic view, aiming for profits as long as the index doesn't rise above the strike of the sold call.

Adobe Systems Inc. (ADBE)

Here are the trade setups for Adobe Inc. (ADBE) for the week of March 11 to March 15, 2024, based on the above screenshot:

Bullish Trade Setup (Put Credit Spread):

  • Selling a 535 put and buying a 530 put, both expiring on 15-Mar-2024.
  • Premium received: 185.00 USD.
  • Maximum profit: 185.00 USD, which is the premium received if ADBE stays above 535 at expiration.
  • Maximum risk: 315.00 USD (the difference between the strike prices minus the premium received).
  • Breakeven: 533.15 USD (sold put strike minus the premium received).

Neutral Trade Setup (Short Iron Condor):

  • Selling a 605 call and a 515 put, and buying a 610 call and a 510 put, all expiring on 15-Mar-2024.
  • Net premium received: 195.00 USD.
  • Maximum profit: 195.00 USD, achieved if ADBE closes between the short call and short put strikes at expiration.
  • Maximum risk: 305.00 USD (the difference between the strikes of the widest spread minus the net premium received).
  • Upper breakeven: 606.95 USD (short call strike plus net premium received).
  • Lower breakeven: 513.05 USD (short put strike minus net premium received).

Bearish Trade Setup (Call Credit Spread):

  • Selling a 590 call and buying a 595 call, expiring on 15-Mar-2024.
  • Premium received: 155.00 USD.
  • Maximum profit: 155.00 USD, realized if ADBE stays below 590 at expiration.
  • Maximum risk: 345.00 USD (the difference between the strike prices minus the premium received).
  • Breakeven: 591.55 USD (sold call strike plus premium received).

  • The bullish Put Credit Spread is designed for those anticipating that the stock will not drop below a certain price level.
  • The Short Iron Condor is ideal for scenarios where you expect ADBE to trade within a certain price range, benefiting from the decay of the premium received.
  • The bearish Call Credit Spread is suitable for traders expecting a drop in the stock price or as a hedge against a portfolio.

These options strategies are advanced and involve several risks and complexities. They should be handled with care, particularly as the expiration date approaches, to avoid potential assignment and to align with market movements and personal risk management strategies.


Note about spread management: as we present our trade setups, it's crucial to address the management of spreads that approach expiration in the money. Whether your position is fully or partially in the money, standard practice recommends closing the trade before expiration. This action is taken to prevent the risk of assignment, which can lead to unintended stock positions and additional capital requirements. Proactive closure of these positions, especially in the final day leading to expiry, allows for better control over the outcome and helps avoid the complexities and potential costs associated with exercise and assignment.
 


* Understanding these metrics is important for anyone involved in volatility-based trading strategies. The 'Expected Move' is an invaluable tool that provides a forecast of how much a stock's price might swing, positively or negatively, around its earnings announcement. This insight is essential for options traders, allowing them to gauge the potential risk and reward of their positions. Read more about it here: Understanding and calculating the expected move of a stock etf index

Moreover, the 'Implied Volatility Rank' (IVR) offers a snapshot of current volatility expectations in comparison to historical volatility over the last year. This ranking helps in identifying whether the market's current expectations are unusually high or low.

In addition to the Expected Move and Implied Volatility Rank, it’s also crucial to understand the concepts of ‘Implied Volatility’ and ‘Historical Volatility’. Implied Volatility (IV) is a measure of the market’s expectation of future volatility, derived from the prices of options on the stock. On the other hand, Historical Volatility (HV) measures the actual volatility of the stock in the past.

The relationship between these two types of volatility can serve as a valuable indicator for options traders. When IV is significantly higher than HV, it suggests that the market is expecting a larger price swing in the future, which could make options more expensive. Conversely, when IV is lower than HV, it could indicate that options are relatively cheap. Some traders use this IV-to-HV ratio as a signal for when to buy or sell options premium, adding another layer of sophistication to their trading strategies.


** A crucial application of the expected move in options trading is evident in strategies such as iron condors and strangles, particularly when these are implemented through short selling. In these strategies, the expected move serves as a pivotal benchmark for setting the boundaries of the trade. For instance, in the case of a short iron condor, traders typically position the short legs of the condor just outside the expected move range. This strategic placement enhances the probability of the stock price remaining within the range, thereby increasing the chances of the trade's success. Similarly, when setting up a short strangle, traders often choose strike prices that lie beyond the expected move. This ensures that the stock has to make a significantly larger move than the market anticipates to challenge the position, thus leveraging the expected move to mitigate risk and optimize the success rate. Utilizing the expected move in this manner allows traders to align their strategies with market expectations, fine-tuning their approach to volatility and price movements.

In this report, the calculation of the expected move for each stock and index is based on a refined approach, building upon the concepts outlined in our previous article. Traditionally, the expected move can be estimated by calculating the price of an at-the-money (ATM) straddle for the expiration date immediately following the event of interest. However, in this analysis, we've adopted a variation to enhance the accuracy of our predictions.

Our method involves a blend of 60% of the price of the ATM straddle and 40% of the price of a strangle that is one strike away from the ATM position. This hybrid approach allows us to closely mirror the expected move as indicated by the implied volatility (IV), offering a more nuanced and precise estimation. By utilizing this simplified yet effective method, we are able to provide an expected move calculation that not only resonates with the underlying market sentiments but also equips traders with a practical tool for their volatility-based strategies.


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