Apple Inc (NASDAQ:AAPL) : Trading Momentum into Earnings Optimism With OptionsDate Published: 2018-01-5
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There is a powerful pattern of optimism and momentum in Apple Inc (NASDAQ:AAPL) stock right before of earnings, and we can capture that pattern by looking at returns in the option market. The strategy won't work forever, but for now it is a momentum play that has not only returned 922% annualized returns, but has also shown a high win-rate of 58%.
The premise is simple -- one of the least recognized but most important phenomena surrounding this bull market is the amount of optimism, or upward momentum, that sets in the two-weeks before an earnings announcement. Now we can see it in Apple Inc.
The Options Optimism Trade Before Earnings in Apple Inc
Let's look at the results of buying a monthly call option in Apple Inc two-weeks before earnings (using calendar days) and selling the call before the earnings announcement.
Here's the set-up in great clarity; again, note that the trade closes before earnings, so this trade does not make a bet on the earnings result.
The mechanics of the TradeMachine™ are that it uses end of day prices for every back-test entry and exit (every trigger).
We see a 424.4% return, testing this over the last 12 earnings dates in Apple Inc. That's a total of just 168 days (14 days for each earnings date, over 12 earnings dates). That's an annualized rate of 922%. That's the power of following the trend of optimism into earnings -- and never even worrying about the actual earnings result.
We can also see that this strategy hasn't been a winner all the time, rather it has won 7 times and lost 5 times, for a 58% win-rate and again, that 424.4% return in less than six-full months of trading. The trade will lose sometimes, but over the most recent trading history, this momentum and optimism options trade has won ahead of earnings.
While this strategy had an overall return of 424.4%, the trade details keep us in bounds with expectations:
➡ The average percent return per trade was 40.37%.
Checking More Time Periods in Apple Inc
Now we can look at just the last year as well:
We're now looking at 267.8% returns, on 3 winning trades and 1 losing trades. It's worth noting again that we are only talking about two-weeks of trading for each earnings release, so this is 267.8% in just 8-weeks of total trading which annualizes to 1,745%.
➡ The average percent return over the last year per trade was 83.65%.
Bull markets have quirks, or personalities if you like.
The personality of this bull market is one that shows optimism before earnings -- irrespective of the actual earnings result. That has been a tradable phenomenon in Apple Inc.
Please note that the executions and other statistics in this article are hypothetical, and do not reflect the impact, if any, of certain market factors such as liquidity and slippage.