IInvestors at Zoom Video Communications Inc (Ticker: ZM) saw new options start trading today, for the December 16 expiry. One of the key data points that goes into the price an option buyer is willing to pay is time value, so with 186 days to expiration, new trading contracts represent a possible opportunity for sellers of put or call options to obtain a higher premium than would be available for contracts with closer expiration. At Stock Options Channel, our YieldBoost formula scoured the ZM options channel for new contracts on December 16 and identified one put contract and one call contract of particular interest.
The put contract at the strike price of $100.00 has a current bid of $17.90. If an investor were to sell to open this put contract, they agree to buy the stock at $100.00, but will also collect the premium, placing the cost base of the stock at $82.10 (before brokerage commissions ). For an investor already interested in buying shares of ZM, this could represent an attractive alternative to paying $103.63/share today.
Since the strike price of $100.00 represents a discount of approximately 4% from the current stock price (in other words, it is out of play by this percentage), it is also possible that the contract of sale expires worthless. Current analytical data (including Greeks and implied Greeks) suggests that the current chance of this happening is 62%. Stock Options Channel will track these odds over time to see how they change, by posting a table of these numbers on our website under the contract detail page for that contract. If the contract expires worthless, the premium would represent a return of 17.90% on the cash commitment, or 35.12% annualized – at Stock Options Channel, we call this the Yield increase.
Below is a chart showing Zoom Video Communications Inc’s last twelve months trading history, and highlighting in green where the $100.00 strike falls in relation to that history:
On the call side of the options chain, the call contract at the strike price of $105.00 has a current bid of $19.80. If an investor were to buy ZM stock at the current price level of $103.63/share and then sell to open this call contract as a “covered call”, they are committing to selling the stock at 105 $.00. Assuming the call seller will also collect the premium, this would result in a total return (excluding dividends, if any) of 20.43% if the stock is called at the December 16 expiry (before broker commissions) . Of course, a lot of upside could potentially be left on the table if ZM’s stock really spikes, which is why it becomes important to look at Zoom Video Communications Inc’s trading history for the past twelve months, as well as to study the fundamentals of business. Below is a chart showing ZM’s trading history over the last twelve months, with the $105.00 strike highlighted in red:
Considering that the strike price of $105.00 represents a premium of approximately 1% to the current stock price (in other words, it is out of the price by that percentage), it It is also possible for the covered call contract to expire worthless, in which case the investor would keep both his shares and the premium collected. Current analytical data (including Greeks and implied Greeks) suggests that the current chance of this happening is 42%. On our website, under the contract detail page for that contract, the Stock Options Channel will track those odds over time to see how they change and publish a table of those numbers (the option contract’s trading history will be also plotted). If the covered call contract expires worthless, the premium would represent a 19.11% incremental incremental return to the investor, or 37.49% annualized, what we call the Yield increase.
The implied volatility in the example sell contract is 74%, while the implied volatility in the example buy contract is 71%.
Meanwhile, we calculate that the actual volatility for the last twelve months (considering the closing values of the last 252 trading days as well as the current price of $103.63) is 57%. For more put and call options contract ideas worth considering, visit StockOptionsChannel.com.
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