When I put this bearish trade on over a month ago, my thought was that the stock’s rebound since its disappointing Q1 results had been a tad overzealous given the fundamental headwinds. IBM was a clear beneficiary of the month long trend of rotation out of defensive names into cyclical like (tech) despite in my mind being more defensive than cyclical. Whatever the reason, the stock was up my you know what and I promised myself If I was able to get out for unchanged I would…..So here it is……
Action: Sold to Close IBM ($203.40) June 205/195/185 Put Fly at 2.40 for a .15 gain.
Original Post May 3rd, 2013: New Trade $IBM: Too Far Too Fast
Here is a summary of what I will be discussing tonight on Options Action on CNBC at 5:30pm:
IBM reported a weak Q1 back on April 18th and offered guidance that caused the street to reduce their full year estimates. The whole enterprise tech space has actually been a disaster during this earnings season. ORCL had its largest down move in years, and IBM was not long to follow. Here’s what GS research said about IBM specifically:
IBM reported disappointing first quarter results, with revenues and EPS both falling short of our estimates and consensus. While we had expected the counter-cyclical components of IBM’s portfolio and the current mainframe cycle to enable the company to overcome currency pressures and weakening demand trends as the quarter progressed, the push out of software and mainframe transactions into the second quarter drove the rare earnings shortfall (the last was in 2005).
From a segment perspective, all of the segments fell short of expectations, with the most significant shortfall coming from hardware.
With its disappointing results, IBM joins the list of enterprise software, networking and services companies that have raised investor concerns over the tone of IT spending in 2013 and this is clearly a worrying sign for the rest of the enterprise sector. Similar to comments made by other companies, IBM noted a deterioration in business conditions after a solid month of January.
The miss was in all geographies, in all segments. If you told me before the earnings report that I could get a chance to sell the stock at 205 after a report like that, I would be thrilled. Well, here we are, back at 205, and the technical setup looks weak.
The chart of IBM since the start of 2012 shows a stock that tried to break out in March and April, and quite simply, failed:
TRADE: IBM ($204.85) Bought June 205/195/185 Put Fly for 2.25
-Bought 1 June 205 put for 4.85
-Sold 2 June 195 put at at 1.55 each of 3.10 total
-Bought 1 June 185 put for .50
Break-Even on June Expiration:
-Profits btwn 202.75 and 187.50, make up to 7.75, max gain of 7.75 at 195
-Losses of up to 2.25 btwn 202.75 and 205 & btwn 187.50 and 185, max loss of 2.25 above 205 and below 185
Trade Rationale: The stock rallying back to near its pre-earnings level is a great short setup, especially with a defined risk trade like the butterfly that is a 20 delta short position that will hold its value if the stock does not go down immediately.