need feedback: which combo to pick?

Discussion in 'Options' started by newguy05, Dec 15, 2010.

  1. Lets say you want to make a play on oracle's post earning move. Which is the better atm strangle to buy?

    DEC18 31C IV=52 vega=0.01 $0.4
    DEC18 30P IV=58 vega=0.01 $0.4


    JAN22 31C IV=26 vega=0.04 $0.8
    JAN22 30P IV=28 vega=0.04 $0.85

    I am thinking Jan's combo, even though it has higer vega and twice as expensive, the Dec combo with double the IV and <2day expiration will lose its value right post earning where as Jan will still retain most of its values since its IV is much lower. I guess it's a question of vega vs IV?

    what are your thoughts?
  2. MTE


    December is a pure binomial play - either the stock moves by more than what is priced into options and you make money, or the options expire worthless.

    With January options you have some more leeway/time for the stock to make it's move even if the intial reaction is not strong enough.
  3. It's a question of time, price and IV... and fear vs greed.

    By 4 PM Dec. exp:

    With a big move, Dec does better (more gain)
    With a small move, Jan does better (less loss)

    After Dec. exp:

    Jan has a chance of doing better :)

    And then there's the possibility of selling expensive Dec IV and buying cheaper Jan IV
  4. I am not looking to hold it for longer than a few days max. Bought some Jan before the market closed, earning looks to be a snooze, will probably exit tomorrow.

    BOT 15 ORCL false JAN 21 '11 31 Call Option 0.77 13:56:06 6.95 null
    + BOT 15 ORCL false JAN 21 '11 30 Put Option .910 13:56:55 14.65 null
  5. a dud, lost 50 bucks. the atm positions lost about 1/5 IV but gamma from the underlying price move made up for most of the loss.

    SLD 15 ORCL false JAN 21 '11 30 Put Option 0.23 10:28:46 10.70 -1045.36 null
    + SLD 15 ORCL false JAN 21 '11 31 Call Option 1.450 10:30:58 14.50 998.54 null