Unifirst Corporation (NYSE:UNF) : The Exact Trigger that Indicates Volatility
Date Published: 2019-03-23
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PrefaceThere is a trigger in Unifirst Corporation that has preceded a large stock move and that move has created a powerful option trading opportunity in the past. The strategy won't work forever, and in fact, it hasn't even won more often than it has lost. But since the winning trades are so much larger than the losing trades, it has returned 137.6% even with a win rate that isn't above 50%.
Simply owning puts and calls together, like a straddle or a strangle, can be a huge winner, as it was at the end of 2018. But, equally, it has been a huge losing strategy outside of that time frame. So, the need has arisen -- an empirical and structured trigger that indicates when a large stock move is coming so owning a strangle has a higher probability of succeeding.
There is such a technical condition, and we will review it, right now.
Here is a quick 3 minute video that demonstrates the back-test:
The Short-term Option Volatility Trade in Unifirst Corporation (NYSE:UNF)It's time to take advantage of volatility. Fear, uncertainty, doubt, unclear news headlines -- these are all trade-able events. Today we look at exactly what has worked in UNF, and the special technical trigger that starts it off.
We will examine the outcome of going long a short-term out-of-the-money (40 delta) strangle (buying an out of the money call and buying an out of the money put), in options that are the closest to 14-days from expiration. But we follow three rules:
* Never Trade Earnings
Let's not worry about stock direction or earnings, let's try to find a back-test that benefits from volatility. Here it is, first, we enter the long strangle.
* Use a technical trigger to start the trade, specifically:
Wait until the day that the stock price crosses below the 200-day moving average and the stock price is below the 10-day moving average. Here is a nice simple image of the technical requirement:
* Finally, we set a very specific type of limit:
* Use a 20% limit
* Close the trade after 10 days, if the limit has not been hit.
At the end of each day, the back-tester checks to see if the long strangle is up 20%. If it is, it closes the position. If after 10-days the limit has not been hit, the strangle is closed so not to suffer total time decay.
RESULTSHere are the results over the last five-years in Unifirst Corporation:
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).
We can also see that this strategy hasn't been a winner all the time, rather it has won 7 times and lost 7 times, for a 50% win-rate and again, that 137.6% return in less than six-full months of trading.
Setting ExpectationsWhile this strategy had an overall return of 137.6%, the trade details keep us in bounds with expectations:
➡ The average percent return per trade was 16.2%.
Checking the Moving AverageYou can check to see the moment a stock dips below the 200-day MA for UNF on the Pivot Points tab on www.CMLviz.com.
Back-testing More Time Periods in Unifirst CorporationNow we can look at just the last year as well:
We're now looking at 54.1% returns, on 1 winning trades and 0 losing trades.
➡ The average percent return over the last year per trade was 54.17%.
WHAT HAPPENEDThere's a better way -- try pattern recognition. Tap here to try it for yourself
You should read the Characteristics and Risks of Standardized Options.
Past performance is not an indication of future results.
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Please note that the executions and other statistics in this article are hypothetical, and do not reflect the impact, if any, of certain market factors such as liquidity and slippage.
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