Roku (NASDAQ:ROKU) : The One-Week Pre-earnings Momentum Trade With Options
Date Published: 2018-09-16
DisclaimerThe results here are provided for general informational purposes, as a convenience to the readers. The materials are not a substitute for obtaining professional advice from a qualified person, firm or corporation.
PrefaceROKU has only had four earnings releases since going public, but in that short-time, a pattern has emerged that has never been broken.
The Bullish Option Trade Before Earnings in Roku IncWe will examine a back-test of getting long a two-week, out of the money (30 delta) call option in Roku Inc 5 trading days before earnings and selling the call before the earnings announcement.
Here's the set-up in great clarity; note that the trade closes before earnings, so this trade does not make a bet on the earnings result because ROKU releases earnings after the market closes.
RESULTSHere are the results over the last one-year in Roku Inc:
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). ROKU isn't due to have it's next earnings release until early November, but you can set an alert for 5-trading days before the event, below:
We see a 169% return, testing this over the last 4 earnings dates in Roku Inc. That's a total of just 24 days (6-days for each earnings date, over 4 earnings dates).
Setting ExpectationsWhile this strategy had an overall return of 169%, the trade details keep us in bounds with expectations:
➡ The average percent return per trade was 68.4%.
Is This Just Because Of a Bull Market?
It's a fair question to ask if these returns are simply a reflection of a bull market rather than a successful strategy. It turns out that this phenomenon of pre-earnings optimism also worked very well during 2007-2008, when the S&P 500 collapsed into the "Great Recession."
The average return for this strategy, by stock, using the Nasdaq 100 and Dow 30 as the study group, saw a 45.3% return over those 2-years. And, of course, these are just 8 trades per stock, each lasting 7 days.
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