Why is IV in Sirius so high?

Discussion in 'Options' started by switze22, Feb 8, 2008.

  1. I am looking at March Calls in Sirius.

    It seems Sirius has a Historical Volatility of around 55, but the IV for the calls is from like 94-108!

    Why is it sooo high?!? Merger rumors?
  2. FCC and DOJ are supposed to approve/block the merger any day (although they have been saying that for months).
  3. Alright well I want to buy a call cause I think the merger will go through, but if I buy it now, and then the merger goes through, the next day is the IV gunna plummet and screw me like CSCO did?
  4. Most likely...but I don't trade options very often.

    Send a PM to atticus or optioncoach for help with options. Both are very nice and don't mind helping fellow ET'ers.
  5. Vols on SIRI will drop to the 50-line, or lower. Buy the shares. You may earn on deltas, but it's not worth the risk on vega. SIRI is a $3 option.
  6. You are missing a key point. You did not get screwed on the CSCO calls, you bought OTM of puts on CSCO which were $2 -$3 away from the strike with a week to expiration left. The IV change was minimal.

    Before I would advise you on SIRI calls, I think you really need to understand why your OTM, (in this case 10% OTM!!!) puts lost money a week before expiration when the stock did not drop to your strike. Once you understand that process of deltas and time decay before expiration then you can tackle IV. Then you got the framework for understanding how options work to make better investments decisions.

    Your first step to knowledge is to realize that you did not get screwed by CSCO puts. They did exactly what they were supposed to do given the movementin CSCO. YOU, and YOU alone take responsibility for your investment decisions and knowledge of how options work. From there you can learn a lot better.

    IV collapse is not your only consideration. The stock has to move for you to profit on this calls if IV drops depending on the strike.

    And as the point was made before, buy the stock, it is $3 and change. A perfect $0 strike call with no time value premium or vega risk :) and a delta of 1.00.
  7. Yeah but buying the shares would require much more investment, and much less return.
  8. You have no idea what the return will be, but you're only paying 35 cents over intrinsic. Vols are guaranteed to drop, but meaningless if the stock rallies past 3.50 as deltas bail you out.

    Don't put too much emphasis on volatility when talking penny stocks. The bid/offer vol is 20bp wide.
  9. Atticus I'm looking at doing a March $4.00 Covered Call on SIRI. Delta is .305 and Vega is .004, Good trade?
  10. Own the shares? If not, sell the $4 put. Understand that you're looking at three nickels in extrinsic premium.
    #10     Feb 8, 2008