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Pre-earnings Momentum Option Trade With a Technical Trigger in Ferrari N.V.

Pre-earnings Momentum Trade With a Technical Trigger in Ferrari N.V.

Ferrari N.V. (NYSE:RACE) : Pre-earnings Momentum Trade With a Technical Trigger

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There is a bullish momentum pattern in Ferrari N.V. (NYSE:RACE) stock 7 calendar days before earnings that triggers right now. 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.

RACE has earnings due out on 1-31-2019, so 7-days before that would be 1-24-2019, near the market close.

The Bullish Stock Option Trade Before Earnings in Ferrari N.V.

We will examine the outcome of opening a long position in an out of the momey call option (using the 40 delta option as the strike price) that is closest from 7-days to expiration in Ferrari N.V. 7-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 (DMA) requirement.:

Here's a visual representation, where the stock price 7-days before earnings (circled) is above the 50-day moving average (black line), and therefore triggers a back-test.

If the stock price fails the technical requirement, it's fine, we just put a pin in it and check next quarter. As of right now, RACE is above the 50 DMA.


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 stock option value is either up or down 40% relative to the open price. If it was, the trade was closed. The stop loss is also a safety valve to prevent the option value from going to zero on expiration.


Here are the results over the last three-years in Ferrari N.V.:

RACE: Long 40 Delta Call

% Wins: 75%
Wins: 6 Losses: 2
% Return:  280% 

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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).

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 4 pre-earnings attempts. In other words -- it's working.

The trade will lose sometimes, but over the most recent trading history, this momentum and optimism options trade has won ahead of earnings. This is a straight down the middle bullish trading strategy and will stand to lose money if the stock doesn't rise.

Setting Expectations

While this strategy had an overall return of 280%, the trade details keep us in bounds with expectations:
      The average percent return per trade was 28.11%.

Checking the Moving Average

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

Is This Just Because Of a Bull Market?

It's a fair question to ask if these returns are simply a reflection of a bull market rather than a successful strategy. It turns out that this phenomenon of pre-earnings optimism also worked very well during 2007-2008, when the S&P 500 collapsed into the "Great Recession."

The average return for this strategy, by stock, using the Nasdaq 100 and Dow 30 as the study group, saw a 45.3% return over those 2-years. And, of course, these are just 8 trades per stock, each lasting 7 days.

* Yes. We are empirical.
* Yes, you are better than the rest now that you know this.
* Yes, you are powerful for it.

Back-testing More Time Periods in Ferrari N.V.
Now we can look at just the last year as well:

RACE: Long 40 Delta Call

% Wins: 100.00%
Wins: 1 Losses: 0
% Return:  49.5% 

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We're now looking at 49.5% returns, on 1 winning trades and 0 losing trades. Note that the technical requirement for the stock to be above the 50 DMA has blocked 3 of the last 4 earnings periods from triggering.


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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.

Trading futures and options involves the risk of loss. Please consider carefully whether futures or options are appropriate to your financial situation. Only risk capital should be used when trading futures or options. Investors could lose more than their initial investment.

Past results are not necessarily indicative of future results. The risk of loss in trading can be substantial, carefully consider the inherent risks of such an investment in light of your financial condition.

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.