Thursday, December 10, 2015

Update on a Few Recent Scans - Call Option Opportunities

I have run a couple scans over the last 4 weeks which I did not take time to post on here.  But I wanted to show a couple recent simple scans which identified short term option opportunities which worked beautifully.  Also there is scan I ran last night highlighting a short term call option opportunity.

The last post I made on 11-13-15 noted a bullish short term technical set up and suggested that stocks may see a short term rebound.  I ran a scan of past similar conditions as follows:

  • 3 days in a row closed down
  • today's close was down more than 1%
Trade Stats for Scan

Based on my option pricing model there was a 74% win rate in buying an ATM call option with 1 week until expiration and setting a limit order of 50% to exit the trade.  That limit order ended up being hit the net day on a big rebound in stocks.

I ran another scan on 12-3-15 after a big 2 day sell off.  The scan looked at past times with the following criteria:
  • 2 days in a row closed down more than 1%
  • 63 day EMA was pointed up (to filter for intermediate uptrend rather than during a more oversold market)
Trade Stats for Scan

The past results showed only 15 instances, but ~73% win rate when exiting with a limit order of 69% on an ATM call with 1 week until expiration.  That limit order was hit the next day again on a big 1 day rebound last week.

Currently we have a some what similar set up occurring, where SPY has closed down 3 days in a row.  The intensity has not been as dramatic, and yesterday was only a 0.78% loss.  But I ran a scan with the following conditions:
  • close down 3 days in a row
  • today closes day more than 0.75%
  • Daily MACD is down
  • Weekly MACD is up
  • Daily MACD is above 0
  • High-Low range is less than 2%
It is a more detailed scan but helps to weed out times when the market was more oversold and in a predominant downtrend, often associated with higher volatility conditions than currently would be expected.

Trade Stats for Scan

The data on all these scans only goes back to last 1995, but there are still plenty of instances to get a look at how markets behave in similar instances.  In this case there were 24 instances with ~79% win rate when setting a limit gain of 50% to exit the option (ATM with 1 week until expiration) relative to Wednesday's close in this case.

So the implication is that the market may rebound in the short term.  However I don't like the technical analysis set up as much here.  I would rather see some further oversold or bullish divergence develop on the hourly MACD. 

The chart pattern on the daily SPY chart is a contracting triangle, with price at the lower boundary.  So maybe stocks are set to rebound from here.  And a contracting triangle typically has a significant price break to follow.

It may not be fruitful to over analyze here, but hopefully these stats and the associated short term technical analysis will be helpful for trade decision here or over the coming few days.


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