Are you wondering what the expected move of a stock price will be for an options expiration cycle? Perhaps you’re trying to find out what the expected move will be for an earnings play? No matter what your motive is, viewing the expected move is simple.
In the Table view of the Trade tab, the expected move of the stock price displays in two different areas. Expected move metrics are displayed at the far right end of each option expiration row. When you open an expiration date, the expected move is represented by a number in the upper right corner next to the Implied Volatility (IVx) percentage. The number shows the expected move of the stock price above and below (±) the current market price.
To see if your desktop platform is displaying the expected move, then please head to the platform's Settings menu. You can reach the Settings menu by clicking the Settings gear icon , located throughout the platform. The screenshot below depicts what you will see.
A light orange shaded bar located to the right of the strike prices indicates the expected move.
To view the expected move on the web-based platform, please click the “Trade” icon located near the top left-hand corner of the platform.
Once you open the trade window, you will want to make sure that you have the setting ‘Show the expected move’ turned on. To do this go to the trade window and click the Settings button located in the lower left-hand corner of the Trade window. The button you need to find is pictured below.
When you click on “Settings,” a window opens with several options. Make sure you select the button to the left of ‘Show range of expected move’ to make this visible.
Once you have “Show range of expected move” enabled from the settings menu, the expected move is represented by the light orange shaded bar to the right of the strike prices, as illustrated below.
Much like the desktop platform and web-browser platform, the mobile app also displays the expected move after expanding an expiration using the Table mode. There are no settings to enable, as the expected move is displayed by default. The expected move is shaded orange and located immediately to the right of the strikes.