CXQ – Macroaxis Research Hub – TOS

The Double Whammy Strangle Payoff

We entered a Long position on both the Call and Put for a strangle spread on July 7th.  Here is an example of how well a “strangle” position can pay off – when carrying the debit.  The key is making sure you are out beyond the 30 day cycle to have a sufficient buffer.

Take Away – We’ll close our position – take profits off the table and then reposition for the after hours earnings report – covering with a Short Call and Long Put for a three day hold.

Symbol Strangle 18 AUG 17  (40)
7/17/2017 07:05 7-Jul 7-Jul
Position Long Short
strike 160 145
entry 4.55 5.90
bid 9.55 1.98
ask 9.80 2.02
delta 0.5855 (0.17)
volume 268 648
prob otm 46.27% 79.47%
IV 40.74% 43.93%
contract 200 100
cost basis $910.00 $590.00
profit $1,000.00 $392.00

Macroaxis Research Hub

Macroaxis provides buy or sell recommendations on Netflix Inc to complement and cross-verify current analyst consensus on Netflix. Our advice engine determines the firm potential to grow exclusively from the prospective of investors current risk tolerance and investing horizon. To make sure Netflix Inc is not overpriced, please verify all Netflix Inc fundamentals including its Current Ratio, and the relationship between EBITDA and Number of Employees . Given that Netflix Inc has Number of Shares Shorted of 27.48 M, we recommend you check Netflix market performance and probability of bankruptcy to make sure the company can sustain itself in the current economic cycle given your last-minute risk tolerance and investing horizon.

Relative Risk vs. Return Landscape

If you would invest  15,340  in Netflix Inc on June 17, 2017 and sell it today you would earn a total of  772.00  from holding Netflix Inc or generate 5.03% return on investment over 30 days. Netflix Inc is currently generating 0.2612% of daily expected returns and assumes 1.795% risk (volatility on return distribution) over the 30 days horizon. In different words, 17% of equities are less volatile than Netflix Inc and 95% of traded equity instruments are projected to make higher returns than the company over the 30 days investment horizon.

On a scale of 0 to 100 Netflix holds performance score of 10. The company secures Beta (Market Risk) of 2.0468 which conveys that as market goes up, the company is expected to significantly outperform it. However, if the market returns are negative, Netflix will likely underperform.. Although it is vital to follow to Netflix Inc price patterns, it is good to be conservative about what you can actually do with the information about equity historical price patterns. The philosophy towards estimating future performance of any stock is to evaluate the business as a whole together with its past performance including all available fundamental and technical indicators. By analyzing Netflix Inc technical indicators you can presently evaluate if the expected return of 0.2612% will be sustainable into the future. Please exercise Netflix Inc Total Risk AlphaDownside Variance as well as the relationship between Downside Variance and Rate Of Daily Change to make a quick decision on whether Netflix Inc current price movements will revert.

TOS Chart – Calculate Option Pull Back

NFLX – The above chart shows a solid long upward trend, tapping the 78% Fibonacci Retracement.  This is a signal that the equity is overbought and will pull back to the 68% at the very least- if not the 50% Fibonacci price (considered the new Pivot Price).  Considering that NASDAQ will retreat at the same time.

We will calculate our percentage pull back to the option chains premiums to know what our potential profit will be for a 3 day hold targeting the 50%. The Trend line shows a $6 retracement so targeting an OTM on the Put – 50% versus the Call OTM at 30% favors a lean into the Put to go long  and shorting the Call (write).  [The OTM percentage can be thought of as the Standard Deviation – once removed.]  

The other validation is that the Implied Volatility is over 35% – that signals leading edge on the Put side.  On the TOS Chart we combine the Rate of Change with the Volatility Standard Deviation indicators – which shows a shift in our favor.  

The asset Volatility is 1.03% which gives the premiums substantial vigor to move in a “swing trade” strategy.  

Short the Call Strike at 150 – premium decay with 1 Contract (100 shares) at our entry of $14.81 will approximately $8 in three days.  

The Long Put Strike at 160 – entry at $7.36 with 1 Contract ought to increase to approximately $13.  With a $6 range that equals $600 we ought to see a $1200 net profit – without calculating in the option premium Bid/Ask spreads.

Here is our new CXQ NFLX Matrix set up in preparation for the After Market Earnings Report today:

7/17/2017 08:11 7/17 7/17
Position Short Long *last
strike 150 160 160.91
entry 14.66 7.46 open
bid 14.60 7.40 162.91
ask 14.85 7.45 high
delta 0.7306 (0.46) 163.55
volume 816 1297 low
prob otm 31.36% 49.59% 160.25
IV 42.87% 41.07% Vol/Shares
contract 100 100 4727927
cost basis $1,466.14 $746.21 431004410
profit $6.14 ($6.21) ($0.06)

*The column on the far right shows the Asset price range and Price Move which is more valid than the Net Change.  Volume and Shares are divided to find the intraday volatility.

Our DTE calibration shows the time decay factor of deterioration of the premiums and expected loss of our capital outlay.  Notice that at time  of Expiration the Put value is positive where the Call time value is minus.

Call                                      Put

DTE 13.52975 5.95575
EXP (1.1315) 5.9558
DTE Drawdown ($113.15) ($145.55)

Stay Tuned:  We’ll be following with NFLX in three days to determine if our quantitative model has the Proof of Concept nailed down.


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Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) Option Matrix Data for Next Week

Month 18 AUG 17 (35) 100
Entry Date      14-Jul   14-Jul
Strangle         CALL     PUT
Position         SHORT  LONG
Strike               150        145
Limit Entry      3.40     2.49
Bid                  3.35        2.51
Ask                  3.40        2.53
Implied Vol   20.03%    20.72%
Delta              0.4598      (0.3344)
Volume          6603          768
Prob OTM      56.51%      64.09%
Contracts        200            200
Cost              $680.00       $498.00
P/L                $10.00       $4.00
DTE              1.92110         1.09240
EXP Prem   (1.4789)         (1.3976)
DTE LOSS ($295.78)       ($279.52)
DIFF P/L     $384.22         $218.48

Determining Premium Limit Entry Matrix

Symbol Entry 15 0
Call 3.358 1.117 0.957
Put 2.497 0.833 0.714

CXQ ScoreCard

CXQ C-RTN Prob Profit Expense P/L
0.21544 1.15213 0.0313% $1,178.00 $12.00



Relative Risk vs. Return Landscape (MACROAXIS)

If you would invest  14,516  in Apple Inc on June 14, 2017 and sell it today you would earn a total of  261.00  from holding Apple Inc or generate 1.8% return on investment over 30 days. Apple Inc is currently generating 0.0903% of daily expected returns and assumes 1.0712% risk (volatility on return distribution) over the 30 days horizon. [Therefore], 10% of equities are less volatile than Apple Inc and 98% of traded equity instruments are projected to make higher returns than the company over the 30 days investment horizon.



AAPL has moved 4.39% or $6.27 in 7 days.  Remember 98% of correlated equities are projected to make higher returns.


TAKE AWAY: Consider the possibility of a reversal prior to release of the iPhone 8 – hype factor.  Piotroski is a 7 – Strong so maintaining a long term investment in the stock is viable.  Scalp a Long Put/Short Call trade starting next week July 17.2017 – 10 days before earnings are released.


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Mr Kambak has accumulated twenty years experience as a Forex, Commodities, Equities, and Options trader.

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CXQ Portfolio

Invested $13,000.


YTD RTN: $3276 or 41.66%

See Chart:  Mix Invest 

Compared to DOW (Pick Area)


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EQUITY in this ledger: Adobe (NASDAQ:ADBE)

Introducing our move toward a “block” “chain” model using Excel for baseline configuration of input/output parameters regarding Option Trading.

  1. Block: CODEX.  C-RTN, Spread (Strangle), “BUY” (Calculated signal),  Profit/Loss
  2. Excel Layout – Call/Put Workbook Inputs
  3. Determining Option Chain, Strike Price, Premium correlations
  4. Macroaxis Finance:  ADBE Recommendation Graphic

Taking into account the opportunity to make profits from the earnings volatility, we review out context for the pre-earnings report for the asset Adobe (NASDAQ: ADBE).

  1. CODEX/C-RTN BLOCK:  This is a signal based calculation that takes into account both underlying price ranges and statistical computations.  It is sensitive to price move, just as Beta, even more so, and provides a Forward-Looking outcome.  When CODEX is positive than the underlying price trend is Bullish.  When it moves into the negative, the underlying price trend is Bearish.  The max number either way is +1.000 or -1.000.   C-RTN represents a modification of monetized cyclic period to determine the trend, and a calibrated signal “BUY” that is based on a Logic formula.   When the Codex and C-RTN are in conflict, meaning they don’t complement either positive or negative outputs, than there is a risk averse alert for entry.
  2. The CALL/PUT “BLOCK”  aligns the correlated data inputs provided to track the variances between elements.   The Excel layout is flexible so that the elements can be arranged in accordance to the option trader’s hypothesis.  We use “Thinkorswim” to export the selected option chain(s) that is pasted into adjacent spreadsheet.  Then the relevant data is cut and pasted into this format.   What is not shown is the DTE  (Time Decay) entry price BLOCK that provides the “limit” order price in relationship to the traders spread.  You’ll notice the Entry Price input where, in this case, we went Out-of-the-Money (OTM) for both Long Call/Put.  Typically, we prefer a comparable premium, yet our strategy for this trade was short term, capitalizing on volatility and time decay.
  3. BLOCK ARCHITECTURE for this layout is meant to be an optical reference; both for mental entrainment by seeing the correlation of the underlying price move to the Options inputs, and providing an orientation to see time decay of the premiums in real time.

Our terminology has changed over many times over the years.  Conceptually, it’s basically all the same:  building a node of dependent statistical input data that is available to be “chained” or “linked” or “neural” to other “clustered” independent data that is incorporated into various Excel formulas.  We like the flexibility of using Excel as it gives us many options for simulating outcomes and most importantly Proof of Concept.

This ledger publication is extremely simplified in presentation.  As we present more of our own trades and the context behind them, things will become sophisticated and in-depth.


0.07804 -0.0162 $72.00
Month 16 SEP 16 (4) 100
Trade Date 09/12/16 09/12/16
Strike 100 95
Premium 3.05 2.13
Ask 3.10 2.16
Entry Price 3.900 0.920
Delta 0.4682 -0.3235
Vega 0.1284 0.116
Prob OTM 0.5679 0.6407
Volume 130 32
Implied Vol 0.2791 0.2982
Gamma 0.0441 0.0373
Contracts 200 200
Close $610.00 $432.00
Open $780.00 $184.00
Profit/Loss -$170.00 $242.00

Macroaxis Financial Analytics provides a complete breakdown of relative analytical elements used by portfolio managers.   We use Macroaxis for several reasons; in this case we wanted to see what the overall market sentiment was for Adobe prior to their earnings release.  We’ll incorporate this feedback into making a case for leaning into either the Call or Put.


GRTS Market Analysis and Codexquant are meant to present educational thesis’ to provide insightful means of attaining impartial investing decisions.  The take away, moreover is an orientation to confront “our” bias and blind spots when it comes to the truth.  Traditional means are quickly being replaced by highly advanced technological devices and programs.  If we can provide one with a new insight of what’s valid in revising the way we assess our global economy, than we’ve achieved our purpose.


In this blog we discuss how we found which option side to lean into prior to Twitter’s (NASDAQ:TWTR) earnings release the following day – 10/27/2015.

It never amazes me when the predictable is always the unpredictable when it comes to trading options around earnings.  The “zero sum” outcome and randomness of the efficient market indicators are equally reliable to be unreliable.  What goes down must come up.

And paradoxically, TWTR posted a plus in earnings, though minuscule by our standards, market makers obviously have inventory lined up to short TWTR, proving that our PUT weighed values were correct: but only momentarily since TWTR returned to the breakout price on during intraday trading on 10/28.

Posted Table on October 26, 2015 the day before Twitter posted earnings.

Estimate is -0.24 cents and actual was 0.10 in After Market Reporting.  What transpired as to the volatility of movement provides excellent feedback as to why you’re flying blind, even with statistical evidence to support a “mechanical” risk defined trade.

In this table below you’ll see our goal post statistical data indicator’s comparison between the NOV 2015 Call/Put analytic matrix that is calculated by our Codex.qbt* formula.

How to read this graph:  On both left and right sides we have Call and Put coinciding indicators: Premium (Ask), our entry price (calculated for a limit order entry), Bio premium price, Delta Hedge (not direct Delta, but our own calibration), Gamma, Implied Volatility at the Strike, Probability Out-of-the-Money, Strike, Number of contracts in hundredths, Probability of Profit (calibrated to our own formulary), P/L, and Skew price.  Note: Intrinsic is purposely left blank as this is a short term trade.

In the middle are the Logic signals:  Delta Hedge shows “Call” and Implied Volatility shows “Put”, a contradiction that played out accordingly.  The “Spread .03” Alert is to signal us when the spread between the Bid and Ask expands greater than two cents.

Stock quote and option quote for TWTR on 10/26/15 08:13:03
CALL P/L Strangle PUT P/L
$38.00 $260.00 $222.00
NOV 15 (25) 100
Premium 1.98 $260.00 Premium 2.060
Entry Price 1.78 DELTA Entry Price 1.931
Bid Price 1.93 PUT Bid Price 2.07
Delta Hedge 0.3381 Delta Hedge 0.427
Gamma 0.0887 IV Gamma 0.1272
IV 0.743 PUT IV 0.760
Prob OTM 0.61 Prob OTM 0.52
Intrinsic Spread > .03 Intrinsic
Strike 32.00 CALL Strike 30.00
Contracts 100.00 ALERT Contracts 300.000
Prob of Profit 0.1921 PUT Prob of Profit 0.1935
Profit/Loss $38.00 ALERT Profit/Loss $222.000
Skew Price 1.94 Skew Price 2.209

What sticks out is that the Implied Volatility is .743, well above our .45 threshold for mean reversion of a Buy Call signal; and that the Put indicators out weigh the Calls.

With a favorable out come of TWTR going short, we executed a cost reduction limit order with 3 Long Put contracts and 1 Long Call contract, to protect the upside, so not to diminish our profits.  You’ll notice we were pretty close in matching up the premiums for pairwise management of risk to reward ratios.

twtr earnings
Entered around $30.89. Surged up for a Call scalp profit and closed out at closing bell. Held the Put side to the opening bell on 10/28 to lock in profits at $28.80.

TOS “think back chart” (The outcomes are not as accurate given the intraday subtleties involved in our trade executions.)

The totals are listed in the above graph: Call profit was $38 on one contract and Put profit was $222 giving us a $260 pay out minus the per contract fees.  The whipsaw volatility on price formation was foretold by the OTM percentage.

*Codex.qbt is our bootstrapped Excel quantitative statistical model name.

It is in the Proof of Concept phase; based on the hypothetical Qubit “superposition” of categorical data inputs compiled into statistical data bins then calibrated for a “measure of certainty” outcome.

**Offset is the combined profit/loss between the Call and Put positions.  This is an excellent visual for “Strangles” and “Straddles” as you can see how both positions can become profitable at the same time.

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(Disclaimer:  This post is for educational purposes only.  I am not making any trading recommendations nor can held liable for one’s losses.  It is entirely up to you to decide what makes sense.  The take away here is a template formula that you can use for your own strategy building model.)

S&P 500,  DOW and NASDAQ are all bullish currently.  FOMC meeting minutes will be released at 2PM (EST).

Symbol Price Offer Net Chng P Act IV 15D SV SD P Target
TGT 76.56 76.81 2.59 0.2118 0.1455 0.50 1.26 79.682

Target (TGT) climbed during extended trading yesterday after the closing bell, only to skyrocket this morning breaking its previous 52 week high.  The trajectory peaked at $76.93 before the jet pack ran out of fuel.

We’re in a mid-day session pull back and flattening out at $76.61(-0.12%).

TGT started its Bull Run on November 11, 2014, after a long dry spell caught in a sojourning price range.   If you missed the November 18, 2014 entry point to capture the final leg up, then it’s pretty much a done deal for anymore excitement.

What could have carried TGT to a new high are two items:  The Christmas Ugly Sweater competitions and the announcement that Google (GOOG) partnered up with TGT on their latest “Art, Copy, & Code” interactive, in-store mobile experience designed to thrill Target consumers of all ages.

Context and Analysis

The  JAN 15 with 9 days left to expiration.  The IV (Implied Volatility) Rank is 65% and the HV (Historical Volatility) Rank is 45%. In our strategy rule book that’s a “SELL” signal.  Currently, the Price range standard deviation is 1.26, which in offsets the “SELL” signal because it’s higher than the HV.

The JAN 15 option chain Implied Volatility is 26.59%.  We can recalculate the Implied Volatility using a matrix equation that determines the “true” IV with a preset of percentages applied to specific days.  This formulary comes from the team at Tastytrade/Dough.

We’ll use the 0.577% (7 DAYS) to adjust the current IV: .2659 x 0.577 = .15%

This tells us that there is a 15% IV potential of premium movement up to the day of expiration.

On the Call side: There are +10K open interests at the 76 Strike with a net change of +1.06 gain on the premium.  The current Mark is 1.49, pulling back from a 1.55 high.

On the Put side: comparatively there’s not much open interest to be seen, except a +2K at the 75 Strike.  Net change is -1.07, comparatively to the Call net gain.

Contrarian Play

TGT historically doesn’t hold its new high price levels.  More of a range bound price formation trait, We’re going to watch TGT to wait for a “reduced cost basis” PUT premium price on the JAN 15 option chain at the 76 Strike price that is currently hovering around .95 with a day high of 1.04.

That means we’re watching for another price move upwards into an already overbought scenario ; the underlying target price is $75.50 – first red arrow – (34 Exponential Moving Average – EMA) to the breakout from the EMA consolidation – second red arrow – as shown on the chart below.  If TGT returns to the EMA consolidation breakout (that might become its new support price, we’ll have a 3% move on the premium.  One PUT contract will bring an estimated profit of $144.

Our strategic rule on this one is when the asset skyrockets in one day, they’ll be a 50% retracement back down from the highest high.  The hypothetical price target posted in the graph at top gives us an idea of the potential of price move still left in the underlying before entering our Long Put on the JAN 15 76 Strike.






We presented an example of a Covered Call for FITB last week.

Using our NQ2 Engine’s inputs, the Option Chain inputs directed us to BUY a CALL at the $20 Strike Price with a Limit Entry Price at 0.42.

Using the Reduced Cost Basis formula, we’ve maintained our profit since the order was taken last Friday.

If you look at the previous chart we posted, you’ll see in the current chart that our NQ2 formula correlated with the technical chart analysis.

Today’s Day Chart at 11AM (PST)



The Trend Line broken through the 34 EMA (Red Line)  and is headed toward the 144/89 EMA (Yellow and Blue Lines) junction.  The Trend bounced off of the 377 EMA which signaled a continuing Bullish trend.

The current price is $20.50.  Our target price is $20.76.  Once this price is hit, then we will consider closing out position.  The reason is our “Conditional Probability” is signaling a “fade” on the current trend with a Put Probability of Profit at .57% and the Call Probability of Profit at .34%.  Moreover, out input parameters are indicating that the Book Order Limit Price is $20.75.  As well, our trade Delta is .71 with a 70% ITM, listed on the TOS platform.

Here is the Excel spreadsheet’s current data report.



Call Return 0.75 Inverse 0.25 Monetized 1.50


CALL BUY 20.00 0.65 0.57 0.89
PUT SELL   0.10 0.09 0.40


(Disclaimer:  We are not recommending trades.  This post is for educational purposes only.  We make no claims of performance past of future of this asset.  Feedback is welcomed.)