PREFACE
There is a powerful pattern of optimism and momentum in J P Morgan Chase & Co (NYSE:JPM) 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 221% annualized returns, but has also shown a high win-rate of 63%.

PREMISE
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 J P Morgan Chase & Co.



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The Options Optimism Trade Before Earnings in J P Morgan Chase & Co
Let's look at the results of buying a monthly call option in J P Morgan Chase & Co 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.



Now, unlike many of our other set-ups, this is in fact a straight down the middle bullish bet -- this absolutely takes on directional stock risk, so let's be conscious of that before we see the results, because they are mind bending.

Here are the results over the last two-years in J P Morgan Chase & Co:

JPM: Long Call

% Wins: 63%
Wins: 5 Losses: 3
% Return:  67.9% 
% Annualized:  221% 

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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 67.9% return, testing this over the last 8 earnings dates in J P Morgan Chase & Co. That's a total of just 112 days (14 days for each earnings date, over 8 earnings dates). That's an annualized rate of 221%. 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 5 times and lost 3 times, for a 63% win-rate and again, that 67.9% return in less than six-full months of trading.

Setting Expectations
While this strategy had an overall return of 67.9%, the trade details keep us in bounds with expectations:
      The average percent return per trade was 11.53%.



WHAT HAPPENED
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 J P Morgan Chase & Co.