PREFACE
There is a pattern of bullish momentum in Navios Maritime Midstream Partners LP (NYSE:NAP) stock just days before earnings, and we can track that by looking at swing returns in the option market. This is a short-term swing trade, it won't be a winner forever, and it can be easily derailed by a couple of down days in the market irrespective of Navios Maritime Midstream Partners LP news, but for now it has shown a repeating success that has not only returned 5,214% annualized returns, but has also shown a win-rate of 57%.

IDEA
The idea is quite simple -- trying to take advantage of a pattern in short-term bullishness just before earnings, and then getting out of the way so no actual earnings risk is taken. Now we can see it in Navios Maritime Midstream Partners LP.

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The Short-term Option Swing Trade Ahead of Earnings in Navios Maritime Midstream Partners LP
We will examine the outcome of going long a weekly call option in Navios Maritime Midstream Partners LP just three trading days before earnings and selling the call one day before the actual news.

This is construct of the trade, noting that the short-term trade closes before earnings and therefore does not take a position on the earnings result.





RISK MANAGEMENT
We can add another layer of risk management to the back-test by instituting and 40% stop loss and a 40% limit gain. Here is that setting:



In English, at the close of each trading day we check to see if the long option is either up or down 40% relative to the open price. If it was, the trade was closed.

RESULTS
Below we present the back-test stats over the last two-years in Navios Maritime Midstream Partners LP:

NAP: Long 40 Delta Call

% Wins: 57%
Wins: 4 Losses: 3
% Return:  200% 
% Annualized:  5,214% 

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We see a 200% return, testing this over the last 7 earnings dates in Navios Maritime Midstream Partners LP. That's a total of just 14 days (2-day holding period for each earnings date, over 7 earnings dates). That's an annualized rate of 5,214%. That's the power of following the short-term pattern of bullishness ahead earnings -- and not taking on the actual risk from the earnings outcome.

This short-term trade hasn't won every time, and it won't, but it has been a winner 4 times and lost 3 times, for a 57% win-rate and again, that 200% return in less than one-full month of actual holding period. The trade will lose sometimes, and since it is such a short-term position, it can lose from news that moves the whole market that has nothing to do with Navios Maritime Midstream Partners LP, but over the recent history, this bullish option trade has won ahead of earnings.

Setting Expectations
While this strategy has an overall return of 200%, the trade details keep us in bounds with expectations:
      The average percent return per trade was 44.52%.


Looking at More Recent History
We did a multi-year back-test above, now we can look at just the last year:

NAP: Long 40 Delta Call

% Wins: 75%
Wins: 3 Losses: 1
% Return:  117.6% 
% Annualized:  5,366% 

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We're now looking at 117.6% returns, on 3 winning trades and 1 losing trades.
      The average percent return over the last year per trade was 54.38%.

WHAT HAPPENED
Bull markets tend to create optimism, whether it's deserved or not.

The pattern of this bull market reveals a bullish run up before earnings in the very short-term -- independent of the realized earnings result. This has been a tradable phenomenon in Navios Maritime Midstream Partners LP. To see how to test this for any stock we welcome you to watch the demonstration video.