Apple, inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) : The Custom Diagonal Trade in Apple Right After an Earnings Beat
Date Published: 2019-07-31
DisclaimerThe results here are provided for general informational purposes from the CMLviz Trade Machine Stock Option Backtester as a convenience to the readers. The materials are not a substitute for obtaining professional advice from a qualified person, firm or corporation.
PrefaceToday we use the new and improved version of a pre-earnings momentum strategy but for a post earnings backtest only when a stock is up after earnings.
LOGICWhen a stock pops after earnings, there has been a pattern following that initial move higher where the run continues.
Further, if this initial custom diagonal strategy fails due to lack of bullish momentum in the stock, it has a second chance built in without making another trade -- let the short-term leg expire, and keep holding the longer dated leg. Let's see it in action.
The goal is higher win rates than a straight down the middle naked call speculation.
The Bullish Option Trade After Earnings in Apple IncWe will examine the outcome of going long an at-the-money (strike price is set to the 50 delta) call option that has 14-days to expiry, and short an out-of-the-money (strike price set to the 30 delta) call option with 7-days to expiry. But we do all this starting 2-days after-earnings with the additional following rules:
* Custom Earnings Timing
This call time spread opens 2 trading days after earnings if and only if the stock was up at least 2% from the most recent earnings report.
* Use a technical trigger to start the trade, if and only if these specific items are met.
* The stock price is above the 50-day simple moving average:
Here it is in an image from Trade Machine -- only focus on the settings where the filter is turned to "on.":
You can set an alert in Trade Machine®, which will track all of these moving parts for you, and message you when it triggers. In fact, you can do this with a portfolio of stocks for a portfolio of bearish and bearish triggers. Let Trade Machine do the work for you -- there's no need to stare at the screen.
* Finally, here is how the custom strategy looks in Trade Machine:
Again, the set-up is opening the at the money call option that is closest to 14-days to expiry and selling the out of the money call option that is closest to 7-days to expiry.
This entire trade closes after the 7-day options expire as it has been backtested. Here is the link to the custom strategy only available to Trade Machine members.
RESULTSHere are the results over the last three-years in Apple Inc.:
The mechanics of the TradeMachine® are that it uses end of day prices for every back-test entry and exit (every trigger).
This entire trade closes after the 7-day options expire as it has been backtested. But, there is an opportunity, if the trade fails, to hold the longer dated calls, for those that want to take a second swing at the bullish pattern.
Checking the Moving AverageYou can check to see if the 50-day MA for AAPL is above or below the current stock price by using the Pivot Points tab on www.MovingAverages.com.
Back-testing More Time Periods in Apple, inc.
Now we can look at just the last year as well:
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