Option Strategies for Earnings Announcements: A Comprehensive, Empirical Analysis

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FT Press, Oct 15, 2012 - Business & Economics - 240 pages
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By trading on corporate earnings, investors can reliably profit in both up and down markets, while avoiding market risk for nearly the entire quarter. In this book, two leading traders and portfolio managers present specific, actionable techniques anyone can use to capture these sizable profits. Ping Zhou and John Shon have performed an unprecedented empirical analysis of thousands of stocks, reviewing tens of millions of data points associated with option prices, earnings announcement returns, and fundamentals. Their massive analysis has identified consistent opportunities associated with focusing on the magnitude of the market’s reaction to earnings, not its direction. Option Trading Set-Ups for Corporate Earnings News offers concrete guidance for improving the likelihood of making correct forecasts, and managing the risks of incorrect forecasts. It introduces several ways to exploit option trading opportunities around earnings news, discuss crucial issues that most retail investors haven’t considered, and explore aspects of earnings-related option trading that have never been empirically examined and documented before. For example, they identify hidden patterns and potential opportunities based on valuation, industry, volatility, analyst forecasts, seasonality, and trades that immediately follow earnings announcements. Simply put, trading on earnings reports offers immense profit opportunities, if you know how. This book provides incontrovertible facts and detailed strategies, not just theories and anecdotes!

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Long Volatility Trades
BidAsk Spreads
Bearish Directional Trades
Further Expiration Dates
Buy Volatility before Earnings Announcements
Ride the PostEarningsAnnouncement Drift
Improve the Odds of Winning
Historical Earnings Announcement Returns
Performance of Long and Short Straddles around Earnings
Industry Effects


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Ping Zhou, Portfolio Manager and Senior Vice President at Neuberger Berman, specializes in portfolio theory, market anomalies, investor behavior, corporate finance, and risk management. Formerly Accounting Professor at City University of New York-Baruch College, he publishes extensively in leading academic and practitioner journals on equity investing. He holds a Ph.D. in Accounting from Georgia State University’s Robinson College of Business.

John Shon, Prof. of Accounting at Fordham’s Gabelli School of Business and Graduate School of Business Administration, has earned several grants and awards for his equity markets research and has published extensively in academic journals. He holds a Ph.D. in Accounting and an MBA from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business.

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