McDonald's Corporation (NYSE:MCD) : Right After Earnings, The Intelligent Options Trade
Date Published: 2019-04-28
This is an option backtest that starts two-days after McDonald's Corporation (NYSE:MCD) earnings and lasts for the one month to follow. We use some technical analysis requirements to bolster the win rate by avoiding times when the stock is in a bearish momentum zone.
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%.
McDonald's next has earnings due out on 4-30-2019 before the market opens, so if all of the requirements are met, this would open on 5-2-2019.
McDonald's Corporation (NYSE:MCD) 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 McDonald's Corporation, 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 30 delta for the short strike price and the 10 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 30/10 delta out-of-the-money put spread with the requirements listed above in McDonald's Corporation (NYSE:MCD) over the last ten-years but only held it after earnings we get these results:
ONE-YEAR OPTION BACKTESTER RETURNS
If we sold this 30/10 delta out-of-the-money put spread in McDonald's Corporation (NYSE:MCD) 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 McDonald's Corporation.
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.
We can see that this idea has been a winner more times than it has been a loser -- a 100% win-rate. It's that positive win-rate that has created that large 169% annualized return.
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