Procter & Gamble Company (The) (NYSE:PG) : Right After Earnings, The Intelligent Options Trade
Date Published: 2019-07-19
All signs point to this being a bumpy earnings cycle for the market, and in cases like this, we can turn to win rates rather than aggressive bullish or bearish positioning. Today we look at a pattern that has persisted in Procter & Gamble Company (The) (NYSE:PG) that shows just a single loss in the last five-years and two losses over the last decade.
Over the 2-, 3-, and 5-year time periods ending on April 10th, 2019, this backtest with the technical and stock return requirements, has shown a 81% win rate for the constituents of the Nasdaq 100. For the year ending April 10th, 2019, the win rate has been 89%.
Procter & Gamble Company (The) (NYSE:PG) Earnings
While the mainstream media likes to focus on the actual earnings move for a stock, that's the distraction when it comes to option trading.
For Procter & Gamble Company (The), if the stock move the day following earnings was up (any amount), and then we waited another trading day after the stock move, and fulfilled a technical requirements, and then sold an one-month out of the money put spread, the results were simply staggering. We use two-days to allow the stock to fully reach equilibrium post earnings.
We can examine this intelligent approach, objectively, with a custom option back-test. Here is our earnings set-up:
Open short put spread 2-days after earnings if these requirements are met:
* The stock price is above the 50-day simple moving average and the RSI (20-day) is below 70.
* The stock price move the single day after earnings was greater than 0.1%, which essentially means, the stock did not go down the day following earnings.
If and only if those requirements are met -- a short-put spread is opened using the 40 delta for the short strike price and the 30 delta for the long strike price.
* Close short put spread 29 calendar days later.
* Use the options closest to 30-days to expiration, but longer than 29 days.
MULTI-YEAR OPTION BACKTEST RETURNS
If we sold this 40/30 delta out-of-the-money put spread with the requirements listed above in Procter & Gamble Company (The) (NYSE:PG) over the last five-years but only held it after earnings we get these results:
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).
While this strategy had an overall return of 182%, the trade details keep us in bounds with expectations:
➡ The average percent return per trade was 18.9% in just 27-calendar days.
ONE-YEAR OPTION BACKTESTER RETURNS
If we sold this 40/30 delta out-of-the-money put spread in Procter & Gamble Company (The) (NYSE:PG) over the last year but only held it if and only if the conditions were all met, we see these results:
MORE TO IT THAN MEETS THE EYE
While a short put spread is a strategy that gains profits if the underlying stock "doesn't go down a lot," there is more to this with Procter & Gamble Company (The).
This strategy is not a silver bullet, it does not take on the risk of earnings, and while it's slightly bullish, it really isn't a stock direction investment either. In many ways, earnings results are just a coin flip -- and we are not interested in flipping coins with option strategies.
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