THOR - Severe Skew Bend Yields Vol Scalp

Discussion in 'Options' started by livevol_ophir, Nov 8, 2010.

  1. livevol_ophir

    livevol_ophir ET Sponsor

    THOR is trading $32.88, down 0.9% with IV30™ up 3.3%. The <a href="">LIVEVOL™ Pro Summary</a> is <a href="">in the article</a>.

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    This is a skew trade I found. The stock came up on a real-time custom scan. This one hunts for calendar spreads between the front two months.

    <b>Custom Scan Details</b>
    Stock Price &gt;= $5
    Sigma1 - Sigma2 &gt;= 8
    Average Option Volume &gt;= 1,000
    Industry != Bio-tech
    Days After Earnings &gt;=5 &lt;=70
    Sigma1, Sigma2 &gt;= 1

    The snapshot of the scan is included (<a href="">in the article</a>) in case you want to build it yourself in Livevol Pro™.

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    The goal with this scan is to identify back months that are cheaper than the front by at least 8 vol points. I'm also looking for a reasonable amount of liquidity in the options (thus the minimum average option volume), want to avoid bio-techs (and their crazy vol) and make sure I'm not selling elevated front month vol simply because earnings are approaching.

    Looking to the Skew Tab (<a href="">in the article</a>), we can see the elevated vol in the front month (red line) relative to the second month (yellow line).

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    Check out the vol difference between the Nov 36 and Dec 36 calls. It's ~59 to ~44, or 15 points. It looks like there was a call buyer in the Nov 36's and that market has popped hard while Dec 35 popped but Dec 36 didn't. This is a great example of price discovery and how long it takes in the options market.

    Finally, let's look to the Options Tab (<a href="">in the article</a>).

    <b>Potential Trades to Analyze</b>
    1. Buy the Dec 36 calls for $0.85 and sell the Nov 36 calls @ $0.35 for a net debit of $0.50. This scalps 15 points of vol (ish).

    2. A Dec 34/35 call spread purchases 44 vol and sells 46 vol. It's not the greatest vol scalp of all-time, but it does purchase lower vol than it sells in a call spread which is rare. The markets a re pretty wide, I would say $0.40 or less seems reasonable, though it is a bullish bet as opposed to trade #1 which is more vol than delta.

    This is trade analysis, not a recommendation.

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  2. nltro


    Good luck on getting any of that filled.....
  3. nltro


    I just "fixed" all the quotes in there. How does it look now?
  4. THOR has Holland Tunnel wide B/A spreads. Your post may look better but the option positions don't :)

    FWIW, if you're going to screen a database that provides and IV based on the average of the B/A then you might want to bump up the search criteria a tad because IRL, attainable positions are never as attractive as on paper. Or not :)
  5. livevol_ophir

    livevol_ophir ET Sponsor

    fair enough. just trying to get the discussion started.