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Pre-earnings Bullish Momentum Pattern and Trigger in PayPal Holdings Inc

PayPal Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:PYPL) and Technical Analysis: Pre-earnings Bullish Momentum Pattern and Trigger

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There is a bullish momentum pattern in PYPL stock 14 calendar days before earnings. Further, we use moving averages as a safety valve to try to avoid opening a bullish position while a stock is in a technical break down, like the fourth quarter of 2018.

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 is the set-up in Stock TradeMachine®.

And the moving average requirement:

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1. Wait until 14 calendar days before earnings, and if and only if the stock price is above the 50-day simple moving average, get long stock.

If the stock price fails the technical requirement, it's fine, we just put a pin in it and check next quarter. Even better, we can set an intra day alert in Trade Machine that will email and/or text you when both requirements are met.

After rigorous testing over multiple time periods including, but not limited to, the 13-year period from January 2007 through March 2020, and the Great Recession (September 2007 through March 2009) and over 100,000 back-tests, today we demonstrate the technical conditions that have provided a strong intermediate-term bullish trigger for PayPal Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:PYPL) .

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CML Efficiency Score™

At Capital Market Laboratories (CMLviz), we created a standardized reward to risk measurement for backtests called the CML Efficiency Score™ (ES).

The ES takes the average trade return from each triggered backtest (the 'reward') and divides it by the maximum drawdown (the risk).

The max drawdown is measured as the largest open-to-trough decline in the value of a backtest for each new opening trade.

Our view is that an CML Efficiency Score above 0.8 is very good and above 1.0 is excellent. A number above 1.0 indicates that the average return is in fact larger than the maximum realized loss.

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3-Year Backtest Results: Pre-earnings momentum in PayPal Holdings Inc

Here are the results of a long stock position held for 14 calendar days tested over the last 3-years in PayPal Holdings Inc once the two technical requirements have been met:

PYPL: Long Stock for Two-Weeks
% Wins: 88%
Wins: 7   Losses: 1
CML Efficiency Score™:  1.99 
Return:  11.3% 

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

We see 7 wins and 1 losses with a total backtest return of 11.3%.

We note an CML Efficiency Score™ above 1.00, which is excellent.

One-Year Backtest Results: Pre-earnings Momentum in PayPal Holdings Inc

Here are the results of that same trigger, but focused one just the last year:

PYPL: Long Stock for Two-Weeks
% Wins: 100%
Wins: 3   Losses: 0
CML Efficiency Score™:  3.25 

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We note an CML Efficiency Score™ above 1.00, which is excellent.

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Risk Disclosure
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.