Ferrari N.V. (NYSE:RACE) : Short-term Option Swing Trade Ahead of EarningsDate Published: 2018-04-30
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There is a pattern of bullish momentum in Ferrari N.V. (NYSE:RACE) stock just days before earnings, and we can track that by looking at swing returns in the option market.
Even further, RACE has consistently shown pre-earnings momentum stock rallies, and it had a large earnings move higher last time. We have empirical data that suggests a large earnings move in the prior quarter, has led to more consistent pre-earnings momentum into the next pre-earnings cycle. Here is a stock chart over the last year:
We have highlighted the last earnings gap up for clarity. The next earnings date for RACE is 5-3-2018, so three-days before then would 4-30-2018 near the market close.
The Short-term Option Swing Trade Ahead of Earnings in Ferrari N.V.
We will examine the outcome of going long a weekly call option in Ferrari N.V. just three trading days before earnings and selling the call one day before the actual news.
This is construct of the trade, noting that the short-term trade closes before earnings and therefore does not take a position 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.
Below we present the back-test stats over the last two-years in Ferrari N.V.:
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 447.7% return, testing this over the last 7 earnings dates in Ferrari N.V.. That's a total of just 14 days (2-day holding period for each earnings date, over 7 earnings dates).
While this strategy has an overall return of 447.7%, the trade details keep us in bounds with expectations:
➡ The average percent return per trade was 39.7%.
➡ The average percent return per winning trade was 47.5%.
➡ The percent return for the losing winning trade was -7.1%.
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