Research in Motion (RIMM, $97.53, up $0.82) reported earnings after the bell and they weren’t pretty. Wall Street was eager to hear the news but punished the stock in after-hours trading when the company missed earnings by a penny. I mentioned on Monday that analysts were looking for revenues of $2.6 billion and earnings-per-share of $0.87. RIMM also missed revenues by $20 million.

We also talked about RIMM’s September numbers which were a little funny but this could have been because consumers are waiting for the arrival of the company’s new Bold smartphone. The company said new subscriptions were 2.6 million, which matched expectations but new devices sold only reached 6.1 million, not the 6.3 million Wall Street was expecting. So maybe consumers were/ are holding out or just buying the iPhone instead.

In after-hours trading as I write this, RIMM is down $18.88 to $78.65. Yikes. I was hesitant to recommend another strangle option trade on RIMM because I thought we would only see a 10% move in the stock either way. We had used the October 120 calls (RULJD, $1.20, down $0.36) and the October 80 puts (RFYVP, $2.06, down $0.54) as a strangle on September 16 and closed both sides of the trade within a week. We made a gain of 40% with that trade. The after-hours drop of 20% for RIMM should hold up to make this trade profitable if you put this strategy on before earnings.

Rick Rouse