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Option Backtester The Exact Trigger that Indicates Volatility in Starbucks Corporation

Option Backtester The Exact Trigger that Indicates Volatility in Starbucks Corporation

Starbucks Corporation (NASDAQ:SBUX) : Option Backtester The Exact Trigger that Indicates Volatility

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There is a trigger in Starbucks Corporation (NASDAQ:SBUX) that has preceded a large stock move in the past and it's time to take a look.

Simply owning puts and calls together, like a straddle, can be a huge winner, as it was at the end of 2018. But, equally, it has been a losing strategy outside of that time frame. So, the need has arisen -- an empirical and structured trigger that indicates when a large stock move is coming so owning a straddle has a higher probability of succeeding.

There is such a technical condition, and we will review it, right now.


As a reminder, we recently wrote on other technical set-ups. We look into both bullish and bearish triggers for one goal:

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Option Backtesting The Short-term Option Volatility Trade in Starbucks Corporation

We will examine the outcome of going long a short-term at-the-money (50 delta) straddle (buying an at the money call and buying an at the money put), in options that are the closest to 14-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 straddle.

* Use a technical trigger to start the trade, specifically:
Wait until the day that the stock price crosses below the 200-day moving average and the stock price is below the 10-day moving average. Here is a nice simple image of the technical requirement:

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

* Use a 20% limit

* Close the trade after 10 days, if the limit has not been hit.

At the end of each day, the back-tester checks to see if the long straddle is up 20%. If it is, it closes the position. If after 10 trading days the limit has not been hit, the straddle is closed.


Here are the results over the last ten-years in Starbucks Corporation:

SBUX: Long 50 delta straddle

% Wins: 78.6%
Wins: 22 Losses: 6
% Return:  455% 

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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 455%, the trade details keep us in bounds with expectations:
      The average percent return per trade was 24.1%.

Checking the Moving Average

You can check to see the moment a stock dips below the 200-day MA for SBUX on the Pivot Points tab on

Back-testing More Time Periods in Starbucks Corporation

Now we can look at just the last year as well:

SBUX: Long 50 delta straddle

% Wins: 100%
Wins: 6 Losses: 0
% Return:  308% 

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      The average percent return over the last year per trade was 49.6%.


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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.