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The Volatility Option Trade After Earnings in Inc Inc (NYSE:CRM) : The Volatility Option Trade After Earnings

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This is a slightly advanced option trade that bets on volatility for a period that starts one-day after Inc (NYSE:CRM) earnings and lasts for the 14 calendar days to follow, that has been a winner for the last 2 years. We note the use of strict risk controls in this analysis.

Salesforce released earnings on 8-29-2018, and one-day after that would be 8-30-2018 at the end of the day. Inc (NYSE:CRM) Earnings

In Inc, irrespective of whether the earnings move was large or small, if we waited one-day after earnings and then back-tested going long a slightly out of the money (40 delta) two-week strangle (using three-week options), the results were quite strong. This back-test opens one-day after earnings were announced, but at the end of the day, to try to find a stock that moves a lot after the earnings announcement.

Simply owning options after earnings, blindly, is likely not a good trade, but hand-picking the times and the stocks to do it in can be useful. We can test this approach without bias with a custom option back-test. Here is the timing set-up around earnings:


* Open the long out-of-the-money strangle one-calendar day after earnings.
* Close the strangle 14 calendar days after earnings.
* Use the options closest to 21 days from expiration (but more than 7 days).

This is a straight down the middle volatility bet -- this trade wins if the stock is volatile the week following earnings and it will stand to lose if the stock is not volatile. This is not a silver bullet -- it's a trade that needs to be carefully examined.

But, this is a stock direction neutral strategy, which is to say, it wins if the stock moves up or down -- it just has to move.


Since blindly owning volatility can be a quick way to lose in the option market, we will apply a tight risk control to this analysis as well. We will add a 40% stop loss and a 40% limit gain.

In English, at the close of every trading day, if the strangle is up 40% from the price at the start of the trade, it gets sold for a profit. If it is down 40%, it gets sold for a loss. This also has the benefit of taking profits if there is volatility early in the week rather than waiting to close 7-days later.

Another risk reducing move we made was to use 21-day options and only hold them for 14-days so the trade doesn't suffer from total premium decay.


If we bought the out-of-the-money strangle in Inc (NYSE:CRM) over the last two-years but only held it after earnings we get these results:

Long out-of-the-money strangle

% Wins: 71.4%
Wins: 5 Losses: 2
% Return:  240% 

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We see a 240% return, testing this over the last 7 earnings dates in Inc. That's a total of just 98 days (14 days for each earnings date, over 7 earnings dates).

Looking at Averages

The overall return was 240%; but the trade statistics tell us more with average trade results:

      The average return per trade was 32.8% over 14-days.
      The average return per winning trade was 58.7% over 14-days.
      The average return per losing trade was -31.9% over 14-days.

The Last Year

We can also look at the last year:

Long out-of-the-money strangle

% Wins: 100%
Wins: 3 Losses: 0
% Return:  237% 

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The overall return was 237%; but the trade statistics tell us more with average trade results:

      The average return per trade was 65.7% over 14-days.


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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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