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A Pattern Emerges: It May be Time to Get Bullish on Invitae

Invitae Corporation (NYSE:NVTA) : A Pattern Emerges: It May be Time to Get Bullish on Invitae

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There is a bullish momentum pattern in Invitae Corporation (NYSE:NVTA) that has been recent in its emergence. As the genomics company has started to make waves, Wall Street has noticed -- in a very specific time frame. Invitae released earnings on 11-7-2018, and five-days after that would be 11-12-2018.

You can read about those results in our news update here: Invitae Beats Earnings and Raises Estimates

Invitae Corporation (NYSE:NVTA) Earnings

In Invitae Corporation, for the last three earnings releases, starting five-days after the announcement and lasting for the next 25 days, the stock move has been impressively higher -- and owning a 50 delta (at the money) call has seen massive returns.

This back-test opens five-days after earnings were announced to try to find a stock that continues an upward trajectory after an earnings event.

Here is a relevant stock chart for NVTA, with the earnings dates marked with a "E" icon, and the bullish window that followed highlighted in yellow:

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:


* Condition: Wait for five-days after earnings:
* Open the long at-the-money call five calendar days after earnings.
* Close the long call 30 calendar days after earnings.
* Use the options closest to 30 days from expiration (but more than 25 days).

This is a straight down the middle direction trade -- this trade wins if the stock is continues on an upward trajectory after a large earnings move the two-weeks following earnings and it will stand to lose if the stock does not rise. This is not a silver bullet -- it's a trade that needs to be carefully examined.

But, this is a conditional back-test, which is to say, it only Triggers if an event before it occurs.


If we bought the at-the-money call in Invitae Corporation (NYSE:NVTA) over the last year but only held it after earnings, we get these results:

Long 50 Delta Call

% Wins: 100%
Wins: 3 Losses: 0
% Return:  804% 

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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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The overall return was 188.4%.

Bullish momentum and sentiment after earnings can be quite powerful. Take a reasonable idea or hypothesis, test it, and apply lessons learned.
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