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When the Bear Market Doesn't Matter: Pre-earnings Momentum Trade With a Technical Trigger in Workday Inc

Pre-earnings Momentum Trade With a Technical Trigger in Workday Inc

Workday Inc (NASDAQ:WDAY) : Pre-earnings Momentum Trade With a Technical Trigger

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There is a bullish momentum pattern in Workday Inc (NASDAQ:WDAY) stock 3 trading days before earnings. The only problem is, what if we're not in a bull market anymore?

When using structured and empirical technical analysis, history has shown we can avoid opening a bullish position while a stock is in a technical break down, like the fourth quarter of 2018, while jumping on bullish momentum at the other times.

Here is a video of the methodology:

The Bullish Option Trade Before Earnings in Workday Inc

We will examine the outcome of getting long a weekly call option in Workday Inc 3-days before earnings (using trading days) and selling the call before the earnings announcement if and only if the stock price is above the 50-day simple moving average.

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.

And here is the technical requirement -- note only one is "turned on," and that is the 50-day moving average requirement.:

If the stock price fails the technical requirement, it's fine, we just put a pin in it and check next quarter.


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 Workday Inc:

WDAY: Long 40 Delta Call

% Wins: 80%
Wins: 8 Losses: 2
% Return:  122.3% 

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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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Notice that while this is a 3-year back-test and we would expect four times that many earnings triggers (4 earnings per year), the technical requirement using the 50-day moving average has avoided 2 pre-earnings attempts.

Setting Expectations

While this strategy had an overall return of 122.3%, the trade details keep us in bounds with expectations:
      The average percent return per trade was 15%.

Checking the Moving Average

You can check to see if the 50-day MA for WDAY is above or below the current stock price by using the Pivot Points tab on

Back-testing More Time Periods in Workday Inc
Now we can look at just the last year as well:

WDAY: Long 40 Delta Call

% Wins: 100.00%
Wins: 4 Losses: 0
% Return:  163.3% 

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We're now looking at 163.3% returns, on 4 winning trades and 0 losing trades.
      The average percent return over the last year per trade was 44.08% in each 3-day period.

Note that the implication is that even in the December earnings release -- the 3-days prior was a winning bullish trade, even in the face a bear market.


This is how people profit from the option market, its empirical testing, not luck.
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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.