Arista Networks Inc (NYSE:ANET) : The Two-Week Post-earnings PatternDate Published: 2018-05-05
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There has been a repeating momentum pattern in Arista Networks Inc (NYSE:ANET) stock 5 calendar days after earnings, and we can capture that phenomenon explicitly by looking at returns in the option market.
This is an interesting pattern that has grown more abruptly in the last year, though in the last 2-years it has also shown remarkable results. This is also a pattern which just proved successful one quarter ago on an earnings dive, much like we just saw in Arista in 5-3-2018.
The two stock drops had something in common -- while Wall Street didn't like the earnings results, both times, the company beat on EPS and revenue estimates.
Here is an one-year chart of Arista with the earnings denoted by a green "E" icon (from www.CMLviz.com). You can add earnings dates onto the chart by customizing your settings:
And now the actual chart:
We can see earnings pops a drops, but, if we look more carefully, giving the stock some room after earnings, specifically 5 calendar days after earnings, and then looked 21 calendar days after earnings, there was been a large, repeating pattern of a rally -- irrespective of the stock move right after the actual earnings event.
5-calendar days after the most recent Arista earnings report would be 5-8-2018, near the market close.
The Bullish Option Trade Before Earnings in Arista Networks Inc
We will examine the outcome of getting long a call option that is closest to 30-days from expiration (but more than 21-days) in Arista Networks Inc 5-days after earnings (using calendar days) and selling the call 21-days after the earnings announcement.
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.
Here are the results over the last two-years in Arista Networks Inc:
The mechanics of the TradeMachine™ 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 2305%, the trade details keep us in bounds with expectations:
➡ The average percent return per trade was 153.7% over each 16-day period.
➡ The average percent return per winning trade was 184.3% over each 16-day period.
➡ The percent return for the losing trade was -60% over a 16-day period.
So make note, when this trade didn't work -- yes, the loss was large. e mitigate some of that loss using a 30-day option and only back-test it for 21-days, so there isn't total time decay. But, make no mistake, this is a bullish back-test -- if the stock doesn't rise, this trade will lose, there is no more magic behind it.
Back-testing More Time Periods in Arista Networks Inc
Now we can look at just the last year as well:
We're now looking at 1108% returns.
➡ The average percent return over the last year per trade was 248.2% over each 16-day period.
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