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Snap Up Volatility to Avoid Bear Market Risk: The Secret to Option Trading Before Earnings in JD.com Inc

JD.com Inc (NASDAQ:JD) : Avoid Bear Market Risk: The Secret to Option Trading Before Earnings

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With the market's direction becoming tenuous, and the Chinese giants getting clobbered BABA, BIDU, JD), we can explore option trading opportunities in one of them, the e-commerce giant JD.com Inc (NASDAQ:JD), that does not rely on stock direction.

The Trade Before Earnings

What a trader wants to do is to see the results of buying an out of the money strangle (40 delta) a week before earnings (using the options closest to 14 days from expiration), and then sell that strangle just before earnings.

Here is the setup:

We are testing opening the position 7 calendar days before earnings and then closing the position 1 day before earnings. This is not making any earnings bet. This is not making any stock direction bet.

Once we apply that simple rule to our back-test, we run it on an out-of-the-money strangle:

If we did this long out-of-the-money (also called '40-delta') strangle in JD.com Inc (NASDAQ:JD) over the last two-years but only held it before earnings we get these results:

Long out-of-the-money strangle

% Wins: 75%
Wins: 6 Losses: 2
% Return:  188% 

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We see a 188% return, testing this over the last 8 earnings dates in JD.com Inc.

Setting Expectations

While this strategy has an overall return of 188%, the trade details keep us in bounds with expectations:

      The average percent return per trade was 23.6%.
      The average percent return per winning trade was 34.1%.
      The average percent return per losing trade was -7.7%.

It's the return on the winning trades compared to the negative return on the losing trades that makes this type of back-test so compelling, when combined with the win rate.


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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.