Under Armour Inc (NYSE:UA) : Swing Trade Earnings Bullish Momentum With OptionsDate Published: 2018-04-23
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We have shown empirically, that there has been a long-term repeating pattern of bullish momentum in the week before earnings during both the Great Recession bear market and the last six-years of this bull market.
Our newest research reveals that this pattern is (statistically) significantly stronger if the prior earnings release results in the a stock pop of 5% or higher. 3 trading days before then would be 4-26-2018.
We have both of these phenomena with Under Armour Inc (NYSE:UA).
Here is a 3-month stock chart, we can see that latest pop from earnings:
According to our data provider, Wall Street Horizon, UA has earnings due out 05-01-2018 before the market opens, and
The idea is quite simple -- trying to take advantage of a pattern in short-term bullishness just before earnings that has persisted during both the bear market from 2007-2008 and the bull market from 2012-2018, and then getting out of the way so no actual earnings risk is taken. Now we can see it in Under Armour Inc.
We examine the outcome of going long a weekly call option in Under Armour Inc just three trading days before earnings and selling the call one day before the actual news.
This is construct of the trade, noting that the short-term trade closes before earnings and therefore does not take a position on the earnings result.
We can add another layer of risk management to the back-test by instituting and 40% stop loss and a 40% limit gain. Here is that setting:
In English, at the close of each trading day we check to see if the long option is either up or down 40% relative to the open price. If it was, the trade was closed.
Below we present the back-test stats over the last two-years in Under Armour Inc:
The mechanics of the TradeMachine™ are that it uses end of day prices for every back-test entry and exit (every trigger).
We see a 263.3% return, testing this over the last 7 earnings dates in Under Armour Inc. That's a total of just 21 days (3-day holding period for each earnings date, over 7 earnings dates).
While this strategy has an overall return of 263.3%, the trade details keep us in bounds with expectations:
➡ The average percent return per trade was 49.6%.
➡ The average percent return per trade was 60.9%.
➡ The average percent return per trade was -17.7%.
Looking at More Recent History
We did a multi-year back-test above, now we can look at just the last year:
We're now looking at 231% returns, on 4 winning trades and 0 losing trades.
➡ The average percent return over the last year per trade was 56.83%.
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