LEDE
This is a simple option trade that starts two-days after Geron Corporation (NASDAQ:GERN) earnings and lasts for the one month to follow, that has been a winner for 2 straight years.



Geron Corporation (NASDAQ:GERN) Earnings
While the mainstream media likes to focus on the actual earnings move for a stock, that's the distraction when it comes to the option market.

For Geron Corporation, irrespective of whether the earnings move was up or down, if we waited two calendar days after the stock move, and then sold a one-month out of the money put spread, the results were simply staggering. We use two-days to allow the stock to fully reach equilibrium post earnings.

We can examine this intelligent approach, objectively, with a custom option back-test. Here is our earnings set-up:



Rules
* Open short put spread 2-days after earnings
* Close short put spread 29 days later
* Use the 30-day options

RETURNS
If we sold this 30/10 delta out-of-the-money put spread in Geron Corporation (NASDAQ:GERN) over the last two-years but only held it after earnings we get these results:

GERN: Short
30 Delta / 10 Delta
Put Spread

% Wins: 71%
Wins: 5 Losses: 2
% Return:  535.7% 
% Annualized:  998% 

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We see a 535.7% return, testing this over the last 7 earnings dates in Geron Corporation. That's a total of just 196 days (28 days for each earnings date, over 7 earnings dates). That's an annualized rate of 998%.

We can also see that this strategy hasn't been a winner all the time, rather it has won 5 times and lost 2 times, for a 71% win-rate.


Setting Expectations
While this strategy had an overall return of 535.7%, the trade details keep us in bounds with expectations:
      The average percent return per trade was 139.15% in just 27-calendar days.

MORE TO IT THAN MEETS THE EYE
While a short put spread is a strategy that gains profits if the underlying stock "doesn't go down a lot," there is more to this with Geron Corporation.

This strategy is not a silver bullet, it does not take on the risk of earnings, and while it's slightly bullish, it really isn't a stock direction investment either. In many ways, earnings results are just a coin flip -- and we are not interested in flipping coins with option strategies.



WHAT HAPPENED
This is it -- this is how people profit from the option market -- it's not about guessing; ever.