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Benefit from Volatility: The Secret to Option Trading Before Earnings in Activision Blizzard, Inc

Activision Blizzard, Inc (NASDAQ:ATVI): Benefit from Volatility: The Secret to Option Trading Before Earnings

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With the market's direction becoming tenuous, we can explore option trading opportunities in Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ:ATVI) that do not rely on stock direction. It turns out, over the long-run, for stocks with certain tendencies like Activision, there is a clever way to trade market anxiety before earnings announcements with options.

ATVI has earnings due out next on 2018-11-08.

The Trade Before Earnings

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

Here is the setup:

We are testing opening the position 7 calendar days before earnings, using the options that are closest to 14 days from expiration, 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 Activision Blizzard, Inc (NASDAQ:ATVI) over the last two-years but only held it before earnings we get these results:

Long out-of-the-money Strangle

% Wins: 87.5%
Wins: 7 Losses: 1
% Return:  126% 

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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).

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Setting Expectations

While this strategy has an overall return of 126%, the trade details keep us in bounds with expectations:

      The average percent return per trade was 12.8% over each 7-day period.
      The average percent return per winning trade was 15.9% over each 7-day period.
      The average percent return per losing trade was -9.1% over each 7-day period.


This is it -- this is how people profit from the option market -- finding trading opportunities that avoid earnings risk and work equally well during a bull or bear market.
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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.