PREFACE
There is a powerful pattern of optimism and momentum in Acadia Healthcare Company Inc (NASDAQ:ACHC) 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, and in fact, it hasn't even won more often than it has lost, but since this strategy has a celever risk control, the winning trades are so much larger than the losing trades, that it has returned 471% annualized returns.

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.

That is, totally irrespective of whether the stocks have a history of beating earnings, in the two-weeks before of earnings, several of them tend to rally abruptly into the event. There has been a way to profit from this pattern without taking any actual earnings risk -- and it is very powerful in Acadia Healthcare Company Inc.



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The Options Optimism Trade Before Earnings in Acadia Healthcare Company Inc
Let's look at the results of buying a monthly call option in Acadia Healthcare Company 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.



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 Acadia Healthcare Company Inc:

ACHC: Long Call

% Wins: 50%
Wins: 4 Losses: 4
% Return:  144.6% 

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We see a 144.6% return, testing this over the last 8 earnings dates in Acadia Healthcare Company Inc. That's a total of just 112 days (14 days for each earnings date, over 8 earnings dates). That's an annualized rate of 471%. 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 4 times and lost 4 times, for a 50% win-rate and again, that 144.6% return in less than six-full months of trading.

Setting Expectations
While this strategy had an overall return of 144.6%, the trade details keep us in bounds with expectations:
      The average percent return per trade was 24.24%.


Checking More Time Periods in Acadia Healthcare Company Inc
Now we can look at just the last year as well:

ACHC: Long Call

% Wins: 50%
Wins: 2 Losses: 2
% Return:  143.2% 
% Annualized:  933% 

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We're now looking at 143.2% returns, on 2 winning trades and 2 losing trades. It's worth noting again that we are only talking about two-weeks of trading for each earnings release, so this is 143.2% in just 8-weeks of total trading which annualizes to 933%.
      The average percent return over the last year per trade was 36.23%.

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 Acadia Healthcare Company Inc.