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The One-Week Pre-earnings Momentum Trade Just Got Some News to Back It

The Boeing Company (NYSE:BA) : The One-Week Pre-earnings Momentum Trade Just Got Some News to Back It

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Boeing just announced that it booked more than twice as many aircraft than rival Airbus SE (AIR.PA) in the six months ended June and deliveries rose more than 7 percent.

Boeing's new orders have rebounded after losing the race in that category to Airbus last year. Deliveries have been fueled by strong demand from airlines that are enjoying booming passenger travel.

That news has sent the stock higher by $5, or about 1.5%. And while the stock has had a bumpy last few months, a bit of momentum may be forming as we can see in the chart below.

With that news, we can now turn to the bullish momentum pattern in The Boeing Company (NYSE:BA) stock 7 calendar days before earnings.

According to our data provider, Wall Street Horizon, Boeing has earnings due out on 2018-07-25 before the market opens and seven days before then would be 2018-07-18.

The Bullish Option Trade Before Earnings in The Boeing Company

We will examine the outcome of getting long a weekly out of the money call option (40 delta) in The Boeing Company 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 The Boeing Company:

BA: Long 40 Delta Call

% Wins: 83%
Wins: 10 Losses: 2
% Return:  579.8% 

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Setting Expectations

While this strategy had an overall return of 579.8%, the trade details keep us in bounds with expectations:

      The average percent return per trade was 35.36%.
      The average percent return per winning trade was 53.5%.
      The average percent return per losing trade was -55.5%.

Is This Just Because Of a Bull Market?

It's a fair question to ask if these returns are simply a reflection of a bull market rather than a successful strategy. It turns out that this phenomenon of pre-earnings optimism also worked very well during 2007-2008, when the S&P 500 collapsed into the "Great Recession."

The average return for this strategy, by stock, using the Nasdaq 100 and Dow 30 as the study group, saw a 45.3% return over those 2-years. And, of course, these are just 8 trades per stock, each lasting 7 days.

* Yes. We are empirical.
* Yes, you are powerful for it.

Back-testing More Time Periods in The Boeing Company
Now we can look at just the last year as well:

BA: Long 40 Delta Call

% Wins: 75.00%
Wins: 3 Losses: 1
% Return:  69.6% 

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We're now looking at 69.6% returns, on 3 winning trades and 1 losing trades.
      The average percent return over the last year per trade was 17.11%.


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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.

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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.