While all the focus is on Apple Inc (NASDAQ:AAPL) earnings, the really serious opportunity in the option market is actually after earnings.


Apple Inc (NASDAQ:AAPL) has a tendency after earnings to trail off. That is, the stock tends to move in one direction or the other for the following month, and that makes for a wonderful opportunity with options.

We can examine this, objectively, with a custom back-test. Here is our custom earnings set-up:

Said plainly, we will open our position one day after earnings, and close it 30 days after. We after testing using the 30-day options (monthly option) and we are buying the at-the-money (also called the “50 delta”) straddle.

Here are the results over the last three-years:

That’s not a typo — that’s 371% over the last three-years, but since we are only testing the one-month following earnings, that 371% return came after just 11-months of a holding period. We note that the straddle was a winner 6-times, and a loser 5-times. So, this is not a panacea, not a magic bullet, it is objective analysis that has been a giant wealth creator over time.

The trade was a winner about half of the time — the winners were just much (much) larger than the losers. It’s a fair question to ask, or at least the curious mind would want to know, if this strategy actually works over different time periods. Here are the results over the last two-years:

Now we see a 183% return over the last seven earnings releases. The straddle was a winner 4-times, and it was a loser 3-times. Again, the trade was a winner about half of the time. this is a strategy, not a one-time gamble.

Finally, we examine the last-year:

That’s a 55.2% return over the last three earnings releases, with 1-winning trade and 2-losing trades.

For the curious trader, it turns out the putting a stop loss in place actually yields better results over the last two-tears and one-year and takes 30% less risk. We tested that by simply doing this:

Traders that have an exact plan guess less — it’s hardly a brilliant revelation, but it bears noting. This is how people profit from the option market — it’s preparation, not luck. Take an idea, test it over several periods, note the robustness of the results, and apply lessons learned.

To see how to do this for any stock and for any strategy with just the click of a few buttons, we welcome you to watch this quick demonstration video:
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Thanks for reading.

Risk Disclosure
You should read the Characteristics and Risks of Standardized Options.

Past performance is not an indication of future results.

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The author is long shares of Apple Inc (NASDAQ:AAPL) stock as of this writing.

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