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Trading Earnings Optimism With Options in FLIR Systems Inc

Trading Earnings Optimism With Options in FLIR Systems Inc



FLIR Systems Inc (NSDQ:FLIR) : Trading Earnings Optimism With Options


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Disclaimer

The results here are provided for general informational purposes, as a convenience to the readers. The materials are not a substitute for obtaining professional advice from a qualified person, firm or corporation.


Preface

There is a powerful pattern of optimism and momentum in FLIR Systems Inc (NSDQ:FLIR) 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 849% annualized returns, but has also shown a high win-rate of 58%.

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 FLIR Systems Inc.

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The Options Optimism Trade Before Earnings in FLIR Systems Inc

Let's look at the results of buying a monthly call option in FLIR Systems 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.

Here are the results over the last three-years in FLIR Systems Inc:

FLIR: Long Call

% Wins: 58%
Wins: 7 Losses: 5
% Return:  390.8% 

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We see a 390.8% return, testing this over the last 12 earnings dates in FLIR Systems Inc. That's a total of just 168 days (14 days for each earnings date, over 12 earnings dates). That's an annualized rate of 849%. 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 7 times and lost 5 times, for a 58% win-rate and again, that 390.8% return in less than six-full months of trading. The trade will lose sometimes, but over the most recent trading history, this momentum and optimism options trade has won ahead of earnings.

Setting Expectations

While this strategy had an overall return of 390.8%, the trade details keep us in bounds with expectations:
      The average percent return per trade was 34.02%.



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 FLIR Systems Inc.

Please note that the executions and other statistics in this article are hypothetical, and do not reflect the impact, if any, of certain market factors such as liquidity and slippage.