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January 12, 2023

Cabot Options Institute Earnings Trader – Alert (JPM)

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Tomorrow marks the earnings releases of several big banks, most notably JPMorgan Chase (JPM), Citigroup (C), Bank of America (BAC) and Wells Fargo (WFC).

As I discussed in our latest issue, I intend on placing a trade in JPM today. The big bank is due to report earnings prior to the opening bell Friday. Since beginning Earnings Trader just over two earnings cycles ago, we’ve managed to bring in one-day gains of 5.3% and 6.7% trading JPM.

JPMorgan Chase (JPM)

JPM is due to announce earnings Friday before the opening bell. The stock is currently trading for 140.70.

IV Rank: 15.3

Expected Move for the January 20, 2023, Expiration Cycle: 136 to 146

Knowing the expected range, I want to place the short call strike and short put strike of my iron condor outside of the expected range, in this case outside of 136 to 146.

If we look at the call side of JPM for the January 20, 2023, expiration, we can see that selling the 148 call strike offers an 88.38% probability of success. The 148 call strike sits just above the expected move, or 146.


Now let us move to the put side. Same process as the call side. But now we want to find a suitable strike below the low side of our expected move, or 136. The 133 put, with an 87.09% probability of success, works.


We can create a trade with a nice probability of success if JPM stays within the 15-point range, or between the 148 call strike and the 133 put strike. Our probability of success on the trade is 88.38% on the upside and 87.09% on the downside.

Moreover, we have a 5.2% cushion to the upside and a 5.5% margin of error to the downside.


If we look at the earnings reactions since 10/18/2006, we can see that there hasn’t been one breach of 5% to the upside or downside after an earnings announcement. As a result, an iron condor looks like a good, risk-defined strategy.

Here is the trade:


Sell to open JPM January 20, 2023, 148 calls

Buy to open JPM January 20, 2023, 152.5 calls

Sell to open JPM January 20, 2023, 133 puts

Buy to open JPM January 20, 2023, 128 puts for roughly $0.53 or $53 per iron condor.

Our margin requirement would be roughly $447 per iron condor. Again, the goal of selling the JPM iron condor is to have the underlying stock stay below the 148 call strike and above the 133 put strike immediately after JPM earnings are announced.

Here are the parameters for this trade:

  • The probability of success – 88.38% (call side) and 87.09% (put side)
  • The maximum return on the trade is the credit of $0.53, or $53 per iron condor
  • Max return: 11.9% (based on $447 margin per iron condor)
  • Breakeven level: 153.03 – 127.47.

As always, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email me at

Andy Crowder is a professional options trader, researcher and Chief Analyst of Cabot Options Institute. Formerly with Oppenheimer & Co. in New York, Andy has leveraged his investment experience to develop his statistically based options trading strategy which applies probability theory to option valuations in order to execute risk-controlled trades. This proprietary strategy has been refined through two decades of research and real-world experience and has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Seeking Alpha, and numerous other financial publications. Andy has helped thousands of option traders learn and implement his meticulous rules-driven options trading strategies through highly attended conferences, one-on-one coaching, webinars, and his work as a financial columnist. He currently resides in Bolton Valley, Vermont and when he’s not trading, teaching and writing about options, he enjoys spending time with his wife and two daughters, backcountry skiing, biking, running and enjoying all things outdoors.