PREFACE
There is a pattern of bullish momentum in U S Concrete Inc (NASDAQ:USCR) 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 U S Concrete Inc news, but for now it has shown a repeating success that has not only returned 2,610% annualized returns, but has also shown a win-rate of 63%.

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 U S Concrete Inc.



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The Short-term Option Swing Trade Ahead of Earnings in U S Concrete Inc
We will examine the outcome of going long a weekly call option in U S Concrete Inc 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.



Often times we look at option set-ups that are longer-term, and take no directional bet -- this is not one of those times. This is a no holds barred short-term bullish swing trade with options and that's it. It's a bullish bet, so must be conscious of the delta risk.

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 U S Concrete Inc:

USCR: Long 40 Delta Call

% Wins: 63%
Wins: 5 Losses: 3
% Return:  114.4% 
% Annualized:  2,610% 

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We see a 114.4% return, testing this over the last 8 earnings dates in U S Concrete Inc. That's a total of just 16 days (2-day holding period for each earnings date, over 8 earnings dates). That's an annualized rate of 2,610%. 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 5 times and lost 3 times, for a 63% win-rate and again, that 114.4% return in less than one-full month of actual holding period.

Setting Expectations
While this strategy has an overall return of 114.4%, the trade details keep us in bounds with expectations:
      The average percent return per trade was 21.52%.


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

USCR: Long 40 Delta Call

% Wins: 50%
Wins: 2 Losses: 2
% Return:  65.8% 
% Annualized:  3,002% 

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We're now looking at 65.8% returns, on 2 winning trades and 2 losing trades.
      The average percent return over the last year per trade was 18.19%.

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 U S Concrete Inc. To see how to test this for any stock we welcome you to watch the demonstration video.