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The One-Week Pre-earnings Momentum Trade With Options in NVIDIA Corporation

NVIDIA Corporation (NASDAQ:NVDA) : The One-Week Pre-earnings Momentum Trade With Options

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There has been no tech stock, or tech company, for that matter, like Nvidia over the last two years. It is the poster child of a disruptive business that Wall Street was very late to recognize.

In our CML Pro Research service (which is just $19 / mo) we called Nvidia the technology gem of the future back when it was trading for $20 and added it to Top Picks for $32. Since then it is up 600%.

Now it's time to, again, look at the pre-earnings patterns.

According to our earnings data provider, Wall Street Horizon, Nvidia has earnings due out on 2-8-2018 after the market closes, so 7-days before then is 2-1-2018.

There is a bullish momentum pattern in NVIDIA Corporation (NASDAQ:NVDA) stock 7 calendar days before earnings, and we can capture that phenomenon explicitly 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 1184.6%, but has also shown a win-rate of 92%.

The Bullish Option Trade Before Earnings in NVIDIA Corporation
We will examine the outcome of getting long a weekly call option in NVIDIA Corporation 7-days 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.

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.

Here are the results over the last three-years in NVIDIA Corporation:

NVDA: Long 40 Delta Call

% Wins: 92%
Wins: 11 Losses: 1
% Return:  1184.6% 

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

We see a 1184.6% return, testing this over the last 12 earnings dates in NVIDIA Corporation. That's a total of just 84 days (7-days for each earnings date, over 12 earnings dates). This has been the results of following the trend of bullish sentiment into earnings while avoiding the actual earnings result.

Setting Expectations
While this strategy had an overall return of 1184.6%, the trade details keep us in bounds with expectations:
      The average percent return per trade was 39.6%.
      The average percent return per winning trade was 44.9%.
      The percent return for the losing trade was -18.5%%.

Back-testing More Time Periods in NVIDIA Corporation
Now we can look at just the last year as well:

NVDA: Long 40 Delta Call

% Wins: 75.00%
Wins: 3 Losses: 1
% Return:  77.4% 

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We're now looking at 77.4% returns, on 3 winning trades and 1 losing trades. It's worth noting again that we are only talking about one-week of trading for each earnings release, so this is 77.4% in just 4-weeks of total trading .
      The average percent return over the last year per trade was 17.2%.

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Risk Disclosure
You should read the Characteristics and Risks of Standardized Options.

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.