Mobileye NV (MBLY) Earnings Preview

Mobileye NV (MBLY) is a developer of software and technology for driver assistance systems and other sensor components in vehicles. The company’s stock is currently trading around $45.30 in a 52 week range of $32.41-$64.48. The stock has performed relatively well this year with shares higher by 11.5% year to date. The company is set to release their most recent quarterly earnings before the opening bell in tomorrow’s session.

MBLY has a relatively weak performance record on earnings day. The stock is lower 4 of the past 6 quarters with an average move of around 2.2%. This shows us a historical pattern of bearish price action on earnings. The chart of MBLY also appears to be confirming this pattern. The stock is now trading well below the Ichimoku Cloud and the cloud is firmly downward sloping. The stock is also trading below value for the month indicating a general bearish sentiment in MBLY going into earnings. With bearish historical price action and a bearish chart setup MBLY seems primed for a move lower on earnings.

With the options market implying move of around $4.30 by Friday’s close we can calculate a downside measured move of 9.5% for MBLY. Using the target I can look to set up an options trade with an expectation for the stock to trade around $41.00 by Friday.

Trade: Buying the MBLY Nov 6th Weekly 43-41 Put Spreads for $0.40
Risk: $40 per 1 lot
Reward: $160 per 1 lot
Breakeven: $42.60

This trade sets up right on the downside measured move target and gives a trader a 4-1 reward to risk setup.