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Post Earnings Trade in FedEx


We've looked at a lot of momentum trades, but for now, we will continue to look at non-directional trades. This is a slightly advanced option trade that starts two calendar days after FedEx Corporation (NYSE:FDX) earnings and lasts for the 19 calendar days to follow, that has been a winner for the last 2 years. 

FedEx has earnings due out on Tuesday 12-19-2017 after the market closes, according to our data provider Wall Street Horizon, and two days after that would be 12-21-2017 at the market close. 

FedEx Corporation (NYSE:FDX) Earnings 

For FedEx Corporation, irrespective of whether the earnings move was up or down, if we waited two full trading days after the stock move, and then sold a 3-week at out of the money iron condor (using weekly options closest to 21 days) at the close of trading of the second full day after earnings, the results were quite strong. This trade opens two calendar after earnings were announced to try to let the stock find equilibrium after the earnings announcement. 

We can test this approach without bias with a custom option back-test. Here is our earnings set-up: 

 

setup_2_21_earnings.png

 

Rules 
* Open the short iron condor two calendar days after earnings 
* Close the iron condor 21 calendar days after earnings 
* Use the options closest to 21 days from expiration (but at least 21-days). 

And a note before we see the results: This is a straight down the middle volatility bet -- this trade wins if the stock is not volatile the three weeks following earnings and it will stand to lose if the stock is volatile. 

RESULTS 
If we sold this 35/15 delta iron condor in FedEx Corporation (NYSE:FDX) over the last two-years but only held it after earnings we get these results: 
 

FDX: Short
35 Delta / 15 Delta 
Iron Condor
 
% Wins: 85.7%
 
Wins: 6   Losses: 1
 
% Return:  338% 


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We see a 338% return, testing this over the last 7 earnings dates in FedEx Corporation. That's a total of just 133 days (19 days for each earnings date, over 7 earnings dates). 

We can also see that this strategy hasn't been a winner all the time, rather it has won 6 times and lost 1 time, for a 86% win-rate. 

Setting Expectations 
While this strategy had an overall return of 34.9%, the trade details keep us in bounds with expectations: 
      ➡ The average percent return per trade was 37.2% over 19-days. 
      ➡ The average percent return per winning trade was 46.1% over 19-days. 
      ➡ The average percent return per losing trade was -16.5% over 19-days. 

WHAT HAPPENED 
Traders that have a plan guess less. This is how people profit from the option market. Take a reasonable idea or hypothesis, test it, and apply lessons learned. Sometimes that means using momentum or technical analysis. In this article, we examined non-directional positioning. 

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

Past performance is not an indication of future results. 

 

Edited by Kim

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