How to Trade Activision Blizzard, Inc Momentum After an Earnings Gap Drop

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    How to Trade Activision Blizzard, Inc Momentum After an Earnings Gap Drop


    Date Published: 2018-11-05

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    Activision Blizzard, Inc (NASDAQ:ATVI) volatility just paid off in a big way on our pre-earnings back-test we sent out 2018-10-31: $ATVI Benefit from Volatility: The Secret to Option Trading Before Earnings.

    Today we look at it from the other side of earnings, and a pattern that benefits from downward pressure off of an earnings miss.

    There is a bearish momentum pattern in ATVI stock 1 trading day after earnings, if and only if the stock showed a large gap down after the actual earnings announcement.

    This is a conditional entry -- the company reports earnings and if the stock move off of that report is a 3% loss or larger, then a bearish position is back-tested looking for continuing downward momentum. The event is rare, but when it has occurred, the back-test results are noteworthy.

    ATVI has earnings due out 2018-11-08, so one day after that would be 2018-11-09.

    Activision Blizzard, Inc (NASDAQ:ATVI) Earnings
    In Activision Blizzard, Inc, if the stock move immediately following an earnings result was a large drop (3% or more to the downside), when we test waiting one-day after that earnings announcement and then bought a three-week out of the money (40 delta) put, the results were quite strong.

    This back-test opens one-day after earnings were announced to try to find a stock that continues a downward spiral after an earnings gap down. Here is the timing set-up around earnings:


    * Condition: Wait for the one-day stock move off of earnings, and if it shows a 3% loss or more in the underlying, then, follow these rules:
    * Open the long out-of-the-money put one-trading day after earnings.
    * Close the long put 14 calendar days after earnings.
    * Use the options closest to 21 days from expiration (but more than 14 days).

    This is a straight down the middle direction trade -- this trade wins if the stock is continues on a downward trajectory after a large earnings move the two-weeks following earnings and it will stand to lose if the stock rises, instead. This is not a silver bullet -- it's a trade that needs to be carefully examined.

    But, this is a conditional back-test, which is to say, it only triggers if an event before it occurs.

    Since blindly owning put can be a quick way to lose in the option market, we will apply a tight risk control to this analysis as well. We will add a 40% stop loss and a 40% limit gain.


    In English, at the close of every trading day, if the put is up 40% from the price at the start of the trade, it gets sold for a profit. If it is down 40%, it gets sold for a loss. This also has the benefit of taking profits if there is a stock decline early in the two-week period rather than waiting to close 14-days later.

    Another risk reducing move we made was to use 21-day options and only hold them for 14-days so the trade doesn't suffer from total premium decay.

    Here are the results of a long out-of-the-money (40 delta) put in Activision Blizzard, Inc (NASDAQ:ATVI) over the last three-years but only initiated after earnings if the stock dropped by 3% or more:

    Long 40 Delta Put

    % Wins: 80%
    Wins: 4 Losses: 1
    % Return: 162%

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    The mechanics of the TradeMachine® are that it uses end of day prices for every back-test entry and exit (every trigger).

    Looking at Averages
    The overall return was 138.7%; but the trade statistics tell us more with average trade results:

    ➡ The average return per trade was 39.5% over each 13-day period.
    ➡ The average return per winning trade was 63.4% over each 13-day period.
    ➡ The average return per losing trade was -56.1% over each 13-day period.

    There's a lot less luck to option trading than many people realize. Now you can know, too:
    Tap Here, See for Yourself

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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.