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Free Earnings Trade of the Week: Netflix, Inc. (NFLX) – Reports After The Markets Close 1/19/16

Netflix, Inc. (NFLX) is scheduled to report earnings after the markets close on Tuesday, January 19, 2016.

Last quarter, the stock had the following price movement after reporting earnings:


Oct 15, 2015

103.77
104.88
99.10
101.09
48,484,300
101.09

Oct 14, 2015

111.50
111.63
108.05
110.23
33,231,500
110.23

NFLX has been a very volatile stock lately, it has been having up days on really down market days, and vice versa. I think this quarter, the stock is going to make a bigger than usual price move. However, I want to give myself some time on this trade so the Implied Volatility drop that happens post-earnings won’t effect the price of the options too much. I will be using a Strangle strategy with out-of-the-money options and March 2016 expiration dates. This provides a lot of time-value, and should the stock make a big move, up or down, this trade will do extremely well. Even if the stock makes only a $10.00 price move, I do not see the price of the options deteriorating much at all as they have almost 2 months until they expire. While this trade is not cheap to place (using 7 contracts only on each leg), there is not much risk overall. 9/10.

Here is how the trade is placed:

Entered Trade

Buy 7 NFLX Mar16 130 Call

Buy 7 NFLX Mar16 85 Put


Requirements

Cost/Proceeds
$4,480.00
Option Requirement
$0.00
Total Requirements
$4,480.00
Estimated Commission
$21.00

NBBO
6.30 – 6.55. Try to pay 6.45 or less for this trade. At a maximum, pay up to 6.55. I will post the STC orders tomorrow, right before the opening bell.

Update 1: 9:24 am EST
: After-hours yesterday, the stock made a big move, but is currently only up about $2.00/share, most likely due to the futures being down. I am placing the STC on the call side at $9.00, as the earnings report was very good, so expecting it to move back up. On the put side, place the STC at 7.00 for now. I will be updating this trade frequently here.

Update 2: STC on the puts at 9.00


Update 3: NFLX falling, place the STC on the puts at 11.00 now. Will continue updating as needed.

Update 4: 9:40 am EST. STC at 10.00 on the put side. STC at 7.00 on the call side.

Earnings Trade Possibilities for the Week of 1/19/16 – 1/22/16

Tuesday: AMD, CREE, IBM, NFLX

Wednesday
: FFIV, GS, KMI, PCP, SLM

Thursday
: AXP, ETFC, ISRG, SBUX, LUV, UAL, VZ

Friday
: GE

Earnings Trade of the Week: Intel Corp. (INTC) – Reports After The Markets Close – 1/14/16

Intel Corporation (INTC) is scheduled to report earnings after the markets close on Thursday, January 14, 2016.

Last quarter, the stock had the following price movement after reporting earnings:


Oct 14, 2015


31.39

32.93
30.85
32.80
75,954,800
32.57

Oct 13, 2015

32.03
32.48
31.98
32.04
35,588,600
31.82

(INTC) is a stock that historically does not make too much of a price move after reporting earnings. Also, tomorrow is expiration Friday, so using a strategy that takes advantage of time-decay and a lack of a large price move is the right strategy to use. For this trade, I will be placing a Neutral Calendar Spread. The current Implied Volatility On the January 2016 expiration (the sell side) is at 114, while the February expiration is only 31. This is always important when looking at the Neutral Calendar Spread: the discrepancy in the IV. It is a great indicator to show an overpriced option (the sell side). I am giving this trade a 10/10. It should profit immediately tomorrow morning, which is when I plan to close it out.

Here is how the trade is placed:

Entered Trade

Sell -25 INTC Jan16 32 Call

Buy 25 INTC Feb16 32 Call


Requirements

Cost/Proceeds

$925.00

Option Requirement

$0.00

Total Requirements

$925.00

Estimated Commission

$75.00


Greeks / NBBO

IV

INTC Jan16

32 Call

0.88

0.91

114.31

INTC Feb16

32 Call

31.30


NBBO
0.35 – 0.41. Try to pay 0.38 or less for this trade. At a maximum, pay up to 0.40. See the attachment for the profit/loss chart.

INTC NCS 11416

I will post the close order price tomorrow pre-market before the opening bell.

Update 1: 9:20 am EST: Pre-market, the stock is down 2.10 a share. I am expecting the stock to make a recovery during the day. I am placing the order to close this trade out at 0.65. I will update any changes here, if needed.


Update 2: 0.60 STC

Update 3: STC at 0.50.

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