If Adobe Systems Incorporated Beats Earnings -- Here's the Patterned Momentum that Follows
Date Published: 2018-06-06
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There is a bullish momentum pattern in Adobe Systems Incorporated (NASDAQ:ADBE) stock 2 calendar days after earnings, if and only if the stock shows a large gap up after the actual earnings announcement. The event occurs about once a year, but when it has, it has never shown a loss in the last 3-years.
The strategy won't work forever, but for now it is a momentum play that has not only returned 284%, but has also shown a win-rate of 100%.
Adobe Systems has an earnings date estimate for 2018-06-14, after the market closes. Whenever the actual earnings date is, it's the stock reaction off of that news that is the possible trigger for the back-test. As an example, here is the last earnings report, the move off of it, and the quick momentum trade that showed a win:
We see a gap up off the earnings, where the stock climbed from $218.87 to $225.55, then a two-day breather, and then the third-day showed a spike from $222.18 to $229.75.
The logic behind the option trading backtest is easy to understand -- it's a reasonable hypothesis to test that if a stock shows a large earnings move up, then in the two-weeks to follow it could melt up off of that news, That is the phenomenon we are looking to test.
Here is the set up, in great clarity; note that the back-test opens two-days after 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 Adobe Systems Incorporated of the long 50 delta (at the money) option that is closest to 21 days from expiration only if ADBE moves moves 3% or higher the day after the earnings announcement:
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).
While this strategy had an overall return of 284%, the trade details keep us in bounds with expectations:
➡ The average percent return per trade was 56.6% over each 12-day period that was triggered.
The Last Year
For completeness, we show the results over the last year, as well:
Bullish momentum and sentiment after of earnings can be quite powerful with the tailwind of an earnings beat. This is just one example of what has become a tradable phenomenon in Adobe Systems Incorporated. To identify patterns that have repeated over and over again, empirically, we welcome you to watch this quick demonstration video:
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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.