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Right After Earnings, The Intelligent Options Trade in Microsoft Corp

Microsoft Corp (NASDAQ:MSFT) : Right After Earnings, The Intelligent Options Trade

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Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) reported earnings after the market closed  on 1-29-2020. Two days after then would be Friday 1-31-2020.
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This is an option backtest focused on win rates. It starts two-days after Microsoft Corp (NASDAQ:MSFT) earnings and lasts for the one month to follow. We use some technical analysis requirements to bolster the win rate by avoiding times when the stock is in a bearish momentum zone.

Over the 2-, 3-, and 5-year time periods ending on April 10th, 2019, this backtest with the technical and stock return requirements, has shown a 81% win rate for the constituents of the Nasdaq 100. For the year ending April 10th, 2019, the win rate has been 89%.

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Microsoft Corp (NASDAQ:MSFT) Earnings
While the mainstream media likes to focus on the actual earnings move for a stock, that's the distraction when it comes to option trading.

For Microsoft Corp, if the stock move the day following earnings was up (any amount), and then we waited another trading day after the stock move, and fulfilled a technical requirements, 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:

Open short put spread 2-days after earnings if these requirements are met:

* The stock price is above the 50-day simple moving average and the RSI (20-day) is below 70.

* The stock price move the single day after earnings was greater than 0.1%, which essentially means, the stock did not go down the day following earnings.

If and only if those requirements are met -- a short-put spread is opened using the 30 delta for the short strike price and the 10 delta for the long strike price.

* Close short put spread 29 calendar days later.
* Use the options closest to 30-days to expiration, but longer than 29 days.

If we sold this 30/10 delta out-of-the-money put spread with the requirements listed above in Microsoft Corp (NASDAQ:MSFT) over the last three-years but only held it after earnings we get these results:

MSFT: Short
30 Delta / 10 Delta
Put Spread
% Wins: 100%
Wins: 4   Losses: 0
% Return:  43.8% 

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The mechanics of the TradeMachine® stock option backtester are that it uses end of day prices for every back-test entry and exit (every trigger).

We see a 43.8% return, testing this over the last 4 earnings dates in Microsoft Corp. That's a total of just 112 days (28 days for each earnings date, over 4 earnings dates).

This is not a magic bullet, rather it's a strategy. In the short-term it hasn't seen any losses, but more importantly, whether or not it loses on any given post earnings move, the 43.8%  return is based on an idea of consistency. It will lose some times, but over the long-run, it has won.

Setting Expectations
While this strategy had an overall return of 43.8%, the trade details keep us in bounds with expectations:
      The average percent return per trade was 10.88% in just 27-calendar days.

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 Microsoft Corp.

What we're after with this approach is identifying companies that make their large stock move the day after earnings -- whether that's up or down -- and after that, find a sense of equilibrium in the stock price for the next month. This is what we find in Microsoft Corp (NASDAQ:MSFT) .

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Risk Disclosure
Past performance is not an indication of future results.

Trading futures and options involves the risk of loss. Please consider carefully whether futures or options are appropriate to your financial situation. Only risk capital should be used when trading futures or options. Investors could lose more than their initial investment.

Past results are not necessarily indicative of future results. The risk of loss in trading can be substantial, carefully consider the inherent risks of such an investment in light of your financial condition.

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.

You should read the Characteristics and Risks of Standardized Options.