FAANG Earnings Week Ahead: Apple, Amazon, Google, Meta, Microsoft
Jul 25, 2022
Last week brought quite a stir in the market – Monday through Thursday we saw great strength in the NASDAQ and S&P 500, with strong earnings moves in TSLA and NFLX – with the S&P 500 market down 55 points on Friday and so many big names reporting earnings this week, I’d be surprised if we did not see some big market moves! Let us look at an earnings preview for this week below.
AAPL – reporting Thursday the 28th AMC (after market close) - 6 pt. weekly expected move - 4% of the stock price
AAPL has sold off quite aggressively over the past few months, but surprisingly it has the lowest expected move relative to the stock price compared to the other big-name stocks reporting this week. Outside of the weekly cycle implied volatility, AUG & SEP are both flatlining around the same level of 33% - I’m looking at calendar and diagonal spreads to take advantage of the near-term high IV% in the short-term cycle, without paying for much of an IV% contraction in AUG/SEP. The short option will have one day to expiration if the trade is placed on Thursday as well, so this is my second favorite trade for the week!
MSFT – reporting Tuesday the 26th AMC – 12 pt. weekly expected move - 4.5% of the stock price
MSFT is a mirror image of AAPL’s IV% structure, with a slightly higher IV% in AUG/SEP. I am still looking at the same strategies in MSFT with flatlined IV% in the back months. Calendar & Diagonal setups on Options Trading Concepts Live on Tuesday at 11 am CST!
AMZN - reporting Thursday the 28th AMC – 8 pt. weekly expected move - 6.5% of the stock price
AMZN did not see the post-split rally many had hoped for, and now the expected move for earnings is still relatively low compared to the stock price. 50% IV around the AUG/SEP cycle is higher than the previous stocks covered, but these figures are still relatively low compared to the LEAP expiration cycles of 45%. This is another Thursday announcement, which sets up well for aggressive IV crush weekly short options trades like diagonal spreads, calendar spreads, ratio spreads, broken wing butterflies etc.
GOOGL – reporting Tuesday the 26th AMC – 7 pts. weekly expected move - 6% of the stock price
GOOGL’s stock price finally split, so now we’re looking at a much more affordable $107 stock price! Still, low IV% here mimics a similar environment as AMZN – This is the weakest setup of the group, with low IV% and a Tuesday announcement, where weekly options may not decay as aggressively as Thursday announcement options will.
META – reporting Wednesday the 27th AMC – 19 pt. weekly expected move - 11% of the stock price
This is the largest expected move of the bunch, and calendar spreads set up in an interesting way – the IV% structure is similar to NFLX in the sense that a SEP OTM option cost basis can be reduced by upwards of 30% for many strikes by selling the weekly option against it. I am looking at a double OTM calendar spread personally, but I’ll do a deep dive on OTC Live on Wednesday!
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