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Right After Earnings, The Intelligent Options Trade in Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc

Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc (NASDAQ:SBGI) : Right After Earnings, The Intelligent Options Trade

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This is a simple option trade that starts two-days after Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc (NASDAQ:SBGI) earnings and lasts for the one month to follow, that has been a winner for 3 straight years.

Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc (NASDAQ:SBGI) 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 Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc, 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:

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

If we sold this 30/10 delta out-of-the-money put spread in Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc (NASDAQ:SBGI) over the last three-years but only held it after earnings we get these results:

SBGI: Short
30 Delta / 10 Delta
Put Spread

% Wins: 75%
Wins: 9 Losses: 3
% Return:  51% 
% Annualized:  55% 

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We see a 51% return, testing this over the last 12 earnings dates in Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. That's a total of just 336 days (28 days for each earnings date, over 12 earnings dates).

We can also see that this strategy hasn't been a winner all the time, rather it has won 9 times and lost 3 times, for a 75% win-rate.

Setting Expectations
While this strategy had an overall return of 51%, the trade details keep us in bounds with expectations:
      The average percent return per trade was 4.55% 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 Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc.

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.

Traders that have a plan guess less. This is how people profit from the option market. Take a reasonable idea or hypothesis, test it, and apply lessons learned.