Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) : Pre-earnings Momentum Trade With a Technical Trigger
Date Published: 2019-01-14
DisclaimerThe results here are provided for general informational purposes, as a convenience to the readers. The materials are not a substitute for obtaining professional advice from a qualified person, firm or corporation.
PrefaceThere is a bullish momentum pattern in Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) stock 14 calendar days before earnings. Further, we use moving averages as a safety valve to try to avoid opening a bullish position while a stock is in a technical break down, like the fourth quarter of 2018.
According to our data provider Wall Street Horizon, the next GOOGL earnings are due out Next Earnings: 2019-02-04, after the market closes. 14 calendar days before then would be January 21st.
The Bullish Option Trade Before Earnings in Alphabet IncWe will examine the outcome of getting long a monthly call option in Alphabet Inc 14-days before earnings (using calendar 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. Even better, we can set an intra day alert in Trade Machine that will email and/or text you when both requirements are met.
Does it matter?... As we will review later in this dossier, yes, it matters. The last two pre-earnings run-ups were skipped because the stock was below the 50 DMA, and when back-testing those two periods, we see 0 wins and 2 losses and a 57.9% loss. All of that was totally avoided by obeying the technical requirement.
RISK MANAGEMENTWe 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.
RESULTSHere are the results over the last three-years in Alphabet Inc:
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).
Notice that while this is a 3-year back-test and we would expect four times that many earnings triggers (4 earnings per year, makes 12 reports), the technical requirement using the 50-day moving average has avoided 3 pre-earnings attempts. In other words -- it's working.
Setting ExpectationsWhile this strategy had an overall return of 438.3%, the trade details keep us in bounds with expectations:
➡ The average percent return per trade was 46.43%.
Checking the Moving AverageYou can check to see if the 50-day MA for GOOGL is above or below the current stock price by using the Pivot Points tab on www.CMLviz.com.
Back-testing More Time Periods in Alphabet Inc
Now we can look at just the last year as well:
We're now looking at 133% returns, on 2 winning trades and 0 losing trades.
➡ The average percent return over the last year per trade was 59.66%.
But, the technical safety valve protected this back-test from firing for the last two pre-earnings cycles. Those last two cycles saw 0 wins and 2 losses for a net 57.9% loss. The technical requirement is critical to this back-test.
WHAT HAPPENEDTrade Machine gives you the capacity to trade beyond luck, with stock or options, with and without technical triggers.
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