... where "action" is the date I would analyze the trade and "earns date" is the date when the announcement is made. The "am/mid/pm" column is the time of day earnings are release: before the opening bell for am, after the closing bell for pm, and between the two bells for mid.
The symbols were selected based on two criteria: A price of $30 or greater, and average volume of 1 million shares a day or greater. When there are more prospects than I can reasonably handle I'll narrow the field by raising the average volume criterion, but for next week pickings are slim since we are between earnings seasons.
As the action date approaches I'll apply other tests that will determine whether or not I do a full analysis of the trade. I'll look at the quality of the grid -- sufficient open interest to provide liquidity and high implied volatility, for example.
The final screening considers properties of the trade that can change quickly, so I make my final decisions on action day and discuss the decisions in my morning Agenda post.
-- Tim Bovee, Portland, Oregon, March 31, 2016
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