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Option Backtester The Exact Trigger for a Technical Reversal into a Bullish Zone in Alphabet Google

Option Backtester The Exact Trigger for a Technical Reversal into a Bullish Zone in Alphabet Google

Stock Option Backtester The Exact Trigger for a Technical Reversal into a Bullish Zone in Alphabet Google

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Today we look at a technical pattern called a "reversal" in Alphabet Google (NASDAQ:GOOGL), which is a fancy way of describing a time when a bearish trend reverses into a bullish trend.

Recently we wrote on other technical set-ups. We look into both bullish and bearish triggers for one goal:

Build a portfolio of option set-ups, diversified not just by ticker, but by strategy. It's in this process that we expose the times were short bursts of risk exposure have been profitable in the past.

A portfolio of the same strategy in several stocks isn't really diversified, it's just the same risk taken over and over again.

* The Bearish Trigger in Twitter (TWTR).
* The Bearish Trigger in Micron (MU).
* The Bullish Trigger in Advanced Micro Devices (AMD).
* The Bearish Trigger in Alibaba (BABA).
* The Bearish Trigger in Nvidia (NVDA).
* The Bullish Trigger in Nvidia (NVDA).
* The Bearish Trigger in Netflix (NFLX).
* The Bullish Trigger in Amazon.

The Short-term Bullish Option Trade in Alphabet Google

We will examine the outcome of going long an at-the-money (strike price is set to the 50 delta) call option, in options that are the closest to 30-days from expiration. But we follow three rules:

* Never Trade Earnings

Let's not worry about stock direction or earnings, let's try to find a back-test that benefits from volatility. Here it is, first, we enter the long call.

* Use a technical trigger to start the trade, if and only if these specific items are met. As of this writing, 1-25-2019, the conditions are not yet satisfied.

Wait until the day that the stock price crosses above the 21-day moving average (DMA) and is below the 10 DMA but above 50 DMA. Here is a nice simple image of the technical requirement:

The idea here is that:

* The stock has had recent weak momentum, that's why it is below its 10 DMA.
* At the same time, the stock is not in a technical breakdown -- that's where the stock being above the 50 DMA comes in.
* And, the stock has renewed (or reversed) its negative momentum -- that's where crossing over the 21 DMA comes in.

* Finally, we set a very specific type of limit:

* Use a 40% stop and limit

At the end of each day, the back-tester checks to see if the long call is up or down 40%. If it is, it closes the position.


Here are the results over the last five-years in Alphabet Google using the options closest to 30 days from expiration and the 50 delta options (at the money options) as the strike price:

GOOGL: Long 50 Delta call

% Wins: 87.5%
Wins: 7 Losses: 1
% Return:  223% 

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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).

Setting Expectations

While this strategy had an overall return of 1781%, the trade details keep us in bounds with expectations:
      The average percent return per trade was 39.7%.

Checking the Moving Average

You can check moving averages for GOOGL on the Pivot Points tab on

Back-testing More Time Periods in Alphabet Google

Now we can look at two bear markets. First, We check the six-months from 2018-07-01 through 2018-12-31.

Here we get a comforting result: "The strategy did not result in any trades being placed. This is most likely because the trigger you were back testing did not take place during this backtest".

Perfect -- the reversal trigger did not fire when the stock was collapsing.

Next, we look at 2007-2009, the time that encompasses the Great Recession:

GOOGL: Long 50 Delta call

% Wins: 50%
Wins: 3 Losses: 3
% Return:  50.5% 

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One More Note

If this is truly a phenomenon we would like to investigate, it would be nice to see it work in similar stocks. It does, in fact. Trade Machine members, pull this back-test up (click the link right here), and see how AMZN, FB, and ROKU did.

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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.