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Microsoft (MSFT) – Recent Tech Sell-Off Offers a Buying Opportunity

Monday, September 7th, 2020

This week we are looking at another of the Investor’s Business Daily (IBD) Top 50 List companies.  We use this list in one of our options portfolios to spot outperforming stocks and place option spreads that take advantage of the momentum.

The following two articles offer compelling reasons why MSFT could move higher. The first is an analyst upgrade with a price target of $240 – Microsoft Stock (MSFT) Gets Price Target Increase To $240 From Mizuho. The second article outlines MSFT’s competitive advantages –  2 Tech Stocks That Are Thriving Despite the Coronavirus.

Technicals

We offered a trade idea in MSFT at the start of August and the option spread used in the idea expired for a 74% profit on Friday. Because of the decline over the past few days, the stock is once again testing the same trendline that made the trade attractive last time around. The 50-day moving average is also in play and this is an indicator the stock has not closed below in over four months. Friday’s candlestick formation signals buying activity and that the support confluence is being defended, at least so far.

MSFT Chart September 2020

MSFT Chart September 2020

If you agree there’s further upside ahead for MSFT, consider this trade which relies on the stock remaining above $212.50 through expiration on October 9.

Buy To Open MSFT 09OCT20 210 Puts (MSFT201009P210)
Sell To Open MSFT 09OCT20 212.5 Puts (MSFT201009P212.5) for a credit of $1.20 (selling a vertical)

This credit is $0.02 less than the mid-point of the option spread when MSFT was trading near $214.  Unless the stock rallies quickly from here, you should be able to get close to this amount.

Your commission on this trade will be only $1.30 per spread.  Each spread would then yield $118.70. This reduces your buying power by $250 and makes your investment $131.30 ($250 – $118.70).  If MSFT closes at any price above $212.50 on October 9, both options will expire worthless, and your return on the spread would be 90% ($118.70 / $131.30), or 1027% annualized.

Changes to Investor’s Business Daily (IBD) Top 50 This Week:

IBD Underlying Updates September 5, 2020

IBD Underlying Updates September 5, 2020

We have found that the Investor’s Business Daily Top 50 List has been a reliable source of stocks that are likely to move higher in the short run.  Recent additions to the list might be particularly good choices for this strategy, and deletions might be good indicators for exiting a position that you might already have on that stock.

As with all investments, you should only make option trades with money that you can truly afford to lose.

Happy trading,

Terry

Netflix (NFLX) Regains Upward Momentum

Monday, August 31st, 2020

This week we are looking at another of the Investor’s Business Daily (IBD) Top 50 List companies.  We use this list in one of our options portfolios to spot outperforming stocks and place option spreads that take advantage of the momentum.

NFLX rallied to a six-week high in the past week and shows the potential to continue higher. The following two articles outline reasons why the stock could continue the momentum – Hooking Up or Locking Down, Netflix Poised to Win Either Way, and Netflix (NFLX) Back in Rally Mode After Brief Correction.

Technicals

NFLX has rallied above a horizontal level near $510, which hints that the correction from mid-July to mid-August may have ended. The same level contained an earlier range and may now act as support on near-term declines. There is further support from the lower boundary of a trend channel that has encompassed the price action since March.

NFLX Chart August 2020 regains upward momentum

NFLX Chart August 2020

If you agree there’s further upside ahead for NFLX, consider this trade, which relies on the stock remaining above the 520 level during the next five weeks:

Buy To Open NFLX 2OCT20 515 Puts (NFLX201002P515)
Sell To Open NFLX 2OCT20 520 Puts (NFLX201002P520) for a credit of $3.30 (selling a vertical)

This credit is $0.02 less than the mid-point of the option spread when NFLX was trading near $524. Unless the stock rallies quickly from here, you should be able to get close to this amount.

Your commission on this trade will be only $1.30 per spread.  Each spread would then yield $328.70. This reduces your buying power by $500 and makes your investment $171.30 ($500 – $328.70).  If NFLX closes above $520 on October 2, both options will expire worthless, and your return on the spread would be 192% ($328.70 / $171.30), or 2,190% annualized.

Changes to Investor’s Business Daily (IBD) Top 50 This Week:

IBD Underlying Updates August 29, 2020

IBD Underlying Updates August 29, 2020

We have found that the Investor’s Business Daily Top 50 List has been a reliable source of stocks that are likely to move higher in the short run.  Recent additions to the list might be particularly good choices for this strategy, and deletions might be good indicators for exiting a position that you might already have on that stock.

As with all investments, you should only make option trades with money that you can truly afford to lose.

Happy trading,

Terry

Alibaba (BABA) Looks Appealing After Strong First Quarter Results

Monday, August 24th, 2020

This week we are looking at another of the Investor’s Business Daily (IBD) Top 50 List companies.  We use this list in one of our options portfolios to spot outperforming stocks and place option spreads that take advantage of the momentum.

Several analysts expect more upside for BABA’s stock price. Check out what the following two reports had to say about it – Post-Earnings Alibaba (BABA) Opportunity and Will Alibaba Be the Next Trillion-Dollar Giant?

Technicals

From a technical perspective, BABA has been consolidating within a triangle for the better part of two months. More specifically, the stock is holding in an ascending triangle, a pattern that is bullish. The stock has not yet broken higher from it, but the recent upward momentum hints that it is only a matter of time. Typically, when a consolidation pattern like this is broken, the stock sees a renewal of upward momentum.

BABA Chart August 2020

BABA Chart August 2020

If you agree there’s further upside ahead for BABA, consider this trade, which is a bet that the stock will continue to advance over the next five weeks, or at least not decline by much.

Buy To Open BABA 25SEP20 262.5 Puts (BABA200925P262.5)
Sell To Open BABA 25SEP20 265 Puts (BABA200925P265) for a credit of $1.23 (selling a vertical)

This price was $0.02 less than the mid-point of the option spread when BABA was trading near $266.  Unless the stock rallies quickly from here, you should be able to get close to this amount.

Your commission on this trade will be only $1.30 per spread.  Each spread would then yield $121.70 while your buying power would be reduced by $250, making your net  investment $128.30 ($250 – $121.70).  If BABA closes at any price above $265 on September 25, both options would expire worthless, and your return on the spread would be 95% (121.70/128.30), or 1,084% annualized.

Changes to Investor’s Business Daily (IBD) Top 50 This Week:

IBD Underlying Updates August 22, 2020

IBD Underlying Updates August 22, 2020

We have found that the Investor’s Business Daily Top 50 List has been a reliable source of stocks that are likely to move higher in the short run.  Recent additions to the list might be particularly good choices for this strategy, and deletions might be good indicators for exiting a position that you might already have on that stock.

As with all investments, you should only make option trades with money that you can truly afford to lose.

Happy trading,

Terry

Should You Buy Amazon (AMZN) Following Its Earnings Report?

Monday, August 10th, 2020

This week we are looking at another of the Investor’s Business Daily (IBD) Top 50 List companies.  We use this list in one of our options portfolios to spot outperforming stocks and place option spreads that take advantage of the momentum.

Amazon had a strong quarter and the following two articles outline the earnings report and why the stock may head higher from here – Amazon (AMZN) Q2 Earnings and Revenues Top Estimates and Why Amazon Stock Climbed 14% Last Month.

Technicals

From a technical perspective, AMZN was held lower by a horizontal resistance level near $3250 on the rally that followed the recent earnings report. However, from a broader perspective, the stock has been firmly bid from a rising trendline that originates back to a low posted in March. Considering how long this trendline has been in place, and the long-term trend, the resistance at $3250 does not appear to be a big hurdle and it may only be a matter of time before this stock is trading at fresh all-time highs.

AMZN Chart August 2020 earnings announcment

AMZN Chart August 2020

If you agree there’s further upside ahead for AMZN, consider this trade which is a bet that the stock will continue to advance over the next five weeks, or at least not decline very much.

Buy To Open AMZN 11SEP20 3160 Puts (AMZN200811P3160)
Sell To Open AMZN 11SEP20 3165 Puts (AMZN200811P3165) for a credit of $2.40 (selling a vertical)

This price was $0.02 less than the mid-point of the option spread when AMZN was trading near $3165.  Unless the stock rallies quickly from here, you should be able to get close to this amount.

Your commission on this trade will only be $1.30 per spread.  Each contract would then yield $238.70 and your broker would charge a $500 maintenance fee, making your investment $261.30 ($500 – $238.70).  If AMZN closes at any price above $3165 on September 11, both options would expire worthless, and your return on the spread would be 91% (1038% annualized).

Changes to Investor’s Business Daily (IBD) Top 50 This Week:

IBD Underlying Updates August 8, 2020

IBD Underlying Updates August 8, 2020

We have found that the Investor’s Business Daily Top 50 List has been a reliable source of stocks that are likely to move higher in the short run.  Recent additions to the list might be particularly good choices for this strategy, and deletions might be good indicators for exiting a position that you might already have on that stock.

As with all investments, you should only make option trades with money that you can truly afford to lose.

Happy trading,

Terry

Kroger (KR) Shows Renewed Upward Momentum Following an Earnings-Inspired Dip

Monday, July 6th, 2020

This week we are looking at another of the Investor’s Business Daily (IBD) Top 50 List companies.  We use this list in one of our options portfolios to spot outperforming stocks and place option spreads that take advantage of the momentum.

Several analysts have positive things to say about Kroger, here are two of them – Kroger: How The COVID-19 Crisis Could Provide Long-Term Tailwinds and Are Investors Undervaluing Kroger (KR) Right Now?

Technicals

Kroger corrected lower in June but the decline was shallow which signals underlying strength. Further, the dip that followed their recent earnings report was promptly bought up and the upward momentum has picked up notably since then. Strong support for the stock is seen at $32.70 as the 20 and 50-day moving averages have converged towards each other at that price point. Kroger has not traded below it’s 50-day moving average on a sustained basis for nearly a year as buyers continue to accumulate this stock near that particular indicator. To the upside, the $34.50 price point might be a near-term hurdle as it was in May, but a break above it would clear the path for a retest of the March high near $37.

KR Chart July 2020

KR Chart July 2020

If you agree there’s further upside ahead for KR, consider this trade which is a bet that the stock will continue to advance over the next five weeks, or at least not decline very much.

Buy To Open KR 7AUG20 30.5 Puts (KR20087P30.5)
Sell To Open KR 7AUG20 33.5 Puts (KR20087P33.5) for a credit of $0.87 (selling a vertical)

This price was $0.02 less than the mid-point of the option spread when KR was trading at$33.50.  Unless the stock rallies quickly from here, you should be able to get close to this amount.

Your commission on this trade will only be $1.30 per spread.  Each contract would then yield $85.70 and your broker would charge a $300 maintenance fee, making your investment $214.30 ($300 – $85.70).  If KR closes at any price above $33.50 on August 7, both options would expire worthless, and your return on the spread would be 40% (456% annualized).

Changes to Investor’s Business Daily (IBD) Top 50 This Week:

IBD Underlying Updates July 4, 2020

IBD Underlying Updates July 4, 2020

We have found that the Investor’s Business Daily Top 50 List has been a reliable source of stocks that are likely to move higher in the short run.  Recent additions to the list might be particularly good choices for this strategy, and deletions might be good indicators for exiting a position that you might already have on that stock.

As with all investments, you should only make option trades with money that you can truly afford to lose.

Happy trading,

Terry

American Tower (AMT) Looks Attractive as Investors Once Again Focus on 5G

Monday, May 18th, 2020

This week we are looking at another of the Investor’s Business Daily (IBD) Top 50 List companies.  We use this list in one of our options portfolios to spot outperforming stocks and place option spreads that take advantage of the momentum.

5G was a hot topic among investors ahead of the Coronavirus escalation. Now that the markets are picking up momentum again, companies that stand to gain from this technology are in the spotlight. Take a look at the following article which discusses how AMT stands to gain – 5G Is Still Coming Despite Covid-19. These Are the Stocks Set to Benefit First. Also, have a look at this article – 5G Will Be a Game-Changer for American Tower. It mentions that the stock may see some near-term weakness and that investors should take advantage of that. Interestingly, the stock has shown exactly that as it has pulled back from recent highs since the article was written.

Technicals

Two things stand out in the recent price action for AMT. First, it was able to rally to fresh record highs in April. Although it was brief, it shows strength and provides some confirmation that the uptrend remains intact. The second appeal is that the stock is currently testing its 200-day moving average. This particular indicator was well-respected in late 2019 and managed to hold the stock higher on several tests. It’s one of the more commonly watched moving averages and technical traders will be well aware of its presence.

AMT Chart May 2020: 5G stock resurgance despite COVID

AMT Chart May 2020

If you agree there’s further upside ahead for AMT, consider this trade which is a bet that the stock will continue to advance over the next five weeks, or at least a little.

Buy To Open AMT 19JUN20 220 Puts (AMT200619P220)
Sell To Open AMT 19JUN20 230 Puts (AMT200619P230) for a credit of $3.48 (selling a vertical)

This price was $0.02 less than the mid-point of the option spread when AMT was trading near $230.  Unless the stock rallies quickly from here, you should be able to get close to this amount.

Your commission on this trade will only be $1.30 per spread.  Each contract would then yield $346.70 and your broker would charge a $1000 maintenance fee, making your investment $653.30 ($1000 – $346.70).  If AMT closes at any price above $230 on June 19, both options would expire worthless, and your return on the spread would be 53% (605% annualized).

Changes to Investor’s Business Daily (IBD) Top 50 This Week:

IBD Underlying Updates May 16, 2020

IBD Underlying Updates May 16, 2020

We have found that the Investor’s Business Daily Top 50 List has been a reliable source of stocks that are likely to move higher in the short run.  Recent additions to the list might be particularly good choices for this strategy, and deletions might be good indicators for exiting a position that you might already have on that stock.

As with all investments, you should only make option trades with money that you can truly afford to lose.

Happy trading,

Terry

Buy the Dip in Microsoft (MSFT)

Monday, February 24th, 2020

This week we are looking at another of the Investor’s Business Daily (IBD) Top 50 List companies.  We use this list in one of our options portfolios to spot outperforming stocks and place option spreads that take advantage of the momentum.

Microsoft’s stock price dipped in the past week and these two following articles point out several reasons why investors might want to take advantage of the dip – Microsoft (MSFT): Strong Industry, Solid Earnings Estimate Revisions, and 3 Reasons Microsoft Has More Growth Ahead of It.

Technicals

While MSFT corrected lower last week, downward momentum is lacking when compared to prior weeks. The stock is currently testing the 20-day moving average which is an indicator MSFT has not traded below on a sustained basis in at least six months. Further support is seen at $174 which is a horizontal level near that acted as resistance last month. The strongest appeal to this stock is that the upward momentum has been increasing since it broke out in late October, and this upward momentum has not been negated by the recent dip. It would take a sustained drop below $174 to alter the near-term outlook for MSFT.

MSFT Chart February 2020 buy in dip

MSFT Chart February 2020

If you agree there’s further upside ahead for MSFT, consider this trade which is a bet that the stock will continue to advance over the next five weeks, or at least not decline very much.

Buy To Open MSFT 27MAR20 175 Puts (MSFT200327P175)
Sell To Open MSFT 27MAR20 177.5 Puts (MSFT200327P177.5) for a credit of $0.98 (selling a vertical)

This price was $0.02 less than the mid-point of the option spread when MSFT was trading near $179.  Unless the stock rallies quickly from here, you should be able to get close to this amount.

Your commission on this trade will only be $1.30 per spread.  Each contract would then yield $96.70 and your broker would charge a $250 maintenance fee, making your investment $153.30 ($250 – $96.70).  If MSFT closes at any price above $177.5 on March 27, both options would expire worthless, and your return on the spread would be 63% (719% annualized).

Changes to Investor’s Business Daily (IBD) Top 50 This Week:

IBD Underlying Updates February 22, 2020

IBD Underlying Updates February 22, 2020

We have found that the Investor’s Business Daily Top 50 List has been a reliable source of stocks that are likely to move higher in the short run.  Recent additions to the list might be particularly good choices for this strategy, and deletions might be good indicators for exiting a position that you might already have on that stock.

As with all investments, you should only make option trades with money that you can truly afford to lose.

Happy trading,

Terry

Ten Things You May Not Have Known About Costco

Monday, February 24th, 2020

  1. Costco is the world’s largest retailer of choice and prime beef, organic foods, rotisserie chicken, and wine. Costco is the second largest auto seller in the US, just behind AutoNation. The #1 selling product is toilet paper – over a billion rolls a year.
  2. Costco rejects conventional marketing tools. It doesn’t advertise, doesn’t tell you where to find things, has a limited array of products, and members must pay up front to shop there. Costco has no public relations staff. This is definitely an anomaly – no other big public company operates without having a public relations department.
  3. The Costco Connectionis a magazine sent free to members of Costco. Its subscribers have an average household income of $156,000 a year. The magazine is the largest-circulation print monthly in the United States.
  4. Two types of things that Costco sells: Triggers and Treasures

A typical Costco warehouse store stocks only 4,000 types of items (in contrast, the average supermarket sells 40,000 types items. Wal-Mart stores, on the other hand, stock about 125,000 types of products).

Three-quarters of Costco’s products are what it calls “triggers” – staples such as paper towel, detergents, and cereals. The remaining one-quarter are “treasures” – items that make shopping an adventure. These items change frequently: one day you can find a luxury watch offered at a ridiculous discount and the next day, it’s gone. This creates a sense of urgency and the thrill of shopping that hooked people on what’s been called the “Costco Craze” or the “Costco Effect.”

Bonus fact: Items that are “treasures” rather than always-available staples are identified by an asterisk (*) after the price on the display tag over the product.  If there is an asterisk on an item you like, you better stock up on it because when what you see has been sold, it will not be re-stocked. Sometimes they repeat “treasure” offerings, but there may be a multi-month delay before it comes back.

  1. Costco is the largest retailer of wine in the world.

Each year, it sells almost $4 billion in alcohol, with wine making up almost half of that number. Wine prices are 10% – 20% less than other wine stores, sometimes more.  Look for wine prices that end in something other than $.99 – that means it is a markdown from the regular price or Costco negotiated a special price with its supplier.  Kirkland label wines may not be what you want to place on your fancy dinner table, but put it in a decanter and wait for the raves.  My favorite white wine is the Kirkland Sonoma County Chardonnay ($6.94) which was preferred over La Crema Sonoma Coast Chardonnay ($23 at Whole Foods, $18 at Costco) in a blind test I conducted on some friends who considered themselves to be knowledgeable wine imbibers.

  1. Costco buys up half of the world’s supply of cashews

People sure love cashews. Costco sells $300,000 worth of them every week. If you noticed, Costco’s cashew containers are square – not round – in order to maximize space on pallets.

When they switched to square containers, they reduced some 400 truck trips in shipping the product to its 600+ stores every year.

  1. Costco offers a foot-long all-beef $1.50 hot dog (with condiments, sauerkraut and a free unlimited soft drink). The price has remained the same since 1985. Costco sells more than 100 million hot dogs every year. To be able to continue to sell at that price, in 2008 Costco started making their own hot dogs in a facility in California’s Central Valley.
  2. When that clerk checks your sales receipt and looks at your full cart as you exit the store, what is he/she looking for? You might think that they are making sure that everything in your cart was paid for. You would be wrong.  They are checking to make sure that the cashier did not inadvertently charge you more than once for the same item, or enter an incorrect number on multiple-item orders.
  3. Costco makes virtually no profit on the stuff it sells

Okay, this requires a bit of explanation: Costco typically marks up its goods a maximum of 14% over its cost (most items have an 8% to 10% markup – Kirkland Signature brand has a 15% markup). After accounting for expenses such as real estate costs and wages, Costco just about breaks even on those goods.

Eighty percent of the company’s gross profit actually comes from the membership fees (between $55 to $110) from its 64 million members. That’s nothing to sneeze at: Costco’s annual profit is roughly $1.5 billion. Nearly 90% of its customers renew their membership every year.

There’s another benefit to requiring people to become members in order to shop: a customer who has to provide his details in the membership registration form is less likely to write bad checks or steal. Costco suffers only one-tenth the level of those two types of losses as compared to the average supermarket.

  1. Costco is amazingly generous to its employees

On average, Costco pays its workers about $20.89 an hour (in contrast to Wal-Mart which pays its full-time employees $12.67). More than 80% of Costco employees have company-sponsored health insurance. About 90% of its employees have retirement plans.

As a result, employees rarely leave. The turnover rate of employees who have been there over a year is 5%. Turnover rate of Costco executives is even lower at 1%. That way, the company saves quite a bit in having to train new employees and its rate of theft by employee is extremely low.

Costco generates almost double the operating profit per employee than does rival Sam’s Club, which pays its employees much lower wages.

Costco also loves to promote from within – in fact, 70% of its warehouse managers started out as cart pushers and cashiers.

Bonus Fact I: Kirkland Signature is named after the city of Kirkland, Washington. It is the company’s private label, and makes up about 15% of the store’s product line, and almost a third of its sales.

Bonus Fact II: The weirdest thing ever sold on Costco? Caskets.

Bonus Fact III: Next time you buy a new car, let the dealer know you have a Costco card.  You might just be eligible to receive a free $500 gas credit or other unexpected savings.

Bonus Fact IV: Costco went public on December 5, 1985 at $10.00 per share (before stock splits). Adjusting for stock splits, the initial price per share was approximately $1.67. If you had invested $5500 at that time, you would be a millionaire today.

Final Thought: Even more than enjoying everything about shopping at Costco, I love to trade options on the stock.  At the beginning of 2019, I set up a $20,000 portfolio to trade options on COST.  Starting at the beginning of March, every Sunday, I made a short video of my COST positions and discussed why I chose those particular options and what I might do with the portfolio in the coming week.  I made 26 of these short videos and have spliced them together into 4 more manageable modules which I plan to offer as part of a course on how to carry out a conservative options portfolio using COST options.

By the third week of October, this portfolio had made a gain of $80,887 for the year.  That works out to over 400%.  Of course, COST rose about 40% during that time, but my system would have made just as much if it had remained absolutely flat instead of steadily moving higher.

I took out over $40,000 for spending and opening other option portfolios, but I still had over $50,000 worth of COST options at work in this portfolio when I stopped making the weekly videos (I stopped because my wife and I took a 3-week walking vacation along the Jurassic Coast in Dorset, England).

Oh, how I love Costco, and stock options.

Happy trading,

Terry Allen

P.S. At the beginning of 2020, I used the same strategy that I have developed over the past 40 years on Costco (COST) and Microsoft (MSFT) options.  I started out the year with $108,000 and 7 weeks later, I had more than doubled the value of the account.  I am making a video showing the actual positions I started with, the strategy I used, and how to carry it out (the all-important little details).  By signing up for the Terry’s Tips free newsletter, you will receive full details as soon as I finish the video.

Salesforce.com (CRM) Shows Renewed Upward Momentum

Monday, January 6th, 2020

This week we are looking at another of the Investor’s Business Daily (IBD) Top 50 List companies.  We use this list in one of our options portfolios to spot outperforming stocks and place option spreads that take advantage of the momentum.

Salesforce.com is an outperformer and its stock is poised for an upside breakout. Take a look at the following two articles for details – Has salesforce.com (CRM) Outpaced Other Computer and Technology Stocks This Year? and Salesforce.com Is Ready for an Upside Breakout.

Technicals

CRM has broken higher from a large bullish flag pattern that was six months in the making. The stock broke higher in November, and in the past week, it posted a series of higher highs and higher lows above the flag pattern to confirm the trend reversal. The stock is holding within a bullish trend channel and strong support is found near the lower bound of the channel as the 20-day moving average resides near it to create a confluence.

Salesforce (CRM) Chart January 2020 showing upward momentum

CRM Chart January 2020

If you agree there’s further upside ahead for CRM, consider this trade which is a bet that the stock will continue to advance over the next five weeks, or at least not decline very much.

Buy To Open CRM 07FEB20 162.5 Puts (CRM200207P162.5)
Sell To Open CRM 07FEB20 165 Puts (CRM200207P165) for a credit of $0.92 (selling a vertical)

This price was $0.02 less than the mid-point of the option spread when CRM was trading near $166.  Unless the stock rallies quickly from here, you should be able to get close to this amount.

Your commission on this trade will only be $1.30 per spread.  Each contract would then yield $90.70 and your broker would charge a $250 maintenance fee, making your investment $159.30 ($250 – $90.70).  If CRM closes at any price above $165 on February 7, both options would expire worthless, and your return on the spread would be 57% (650% annualized).

Changes to Investor’s Business Daily (IBD) Top 50 This Week:

IBD Underlying Updates January 4, 2020

IBD Underlying Updates January 4, 2020

We have found that the Investor’s Business Daily Top 50 List has been a reliable source of stocks that are likely to move higher in the short run.  Recent additions to the list might be particularly good choices for this strategy, and deletions might be good indicators for exiting a position that you might already have on that stock.

As with all investments, you should only make option trades with money that you can truly afford to lose.

Happy trading,

Terry

Visa (V) – A Steady Performer Poised for Gains

Monday, December 23rd, 2019

 

This week we are looking at another of the Investor’s Business Daily (IBD) Top 50 List companies.  We use this list in one of our options portfolios to spot outperforming stocks and place option spreads that take advantage of the momentum.

Visa (V) – A Steady Performer Poised for Gains

Visa is a popular stock among analysts. So much so that Kiplinger included it in their top 20 stocks to buy for 2020. Morgan Stanley likes the stock as well, check out the following article that discusses a price target upgrade – Morgan Stanley lifts Visa, Mastercard price targets.

Technicals

Visa rallied to a record high in the past week, clearing above a hurdle near $186 that had held it lower in September. The stock trades comfortably above its 20-day moving average which has been offering support ever since the stock climbed above it in the second half of October.

VISA Chart December 2019 options trading idea

V Chart December 2019

If you agree there’s further upside ahead for V, consider this trade which is a bet that the stock will continue to advance over the next five weeks, or at least not decline very much.

Buy To Open V 24JAN20 185 Puts (V200124P185)
Sell To Open V 24JAN20 187.5 Puts (V200124P187.5) for a credit of $0.87 (selling a vertical)

This price was $0.02 less than the mid-point of the option spread when V was trading near $188.  Unless the stock rallies quickly from here, you should be able to get close to this amount.

Your commission on this trade will only be $1.30 per spread.  Each contract would then yield $85.70 and your broker would charge a $250 maintenance fee, making your investment $164.30 ($250 – $85.70).  If V closes at any price above $187.5 on January 24, both options would expire worthless, and your return on the spread would be 52% (593% annualized).

Changes to Investor’s Business Daily (IBD) Top 50 This Week:

IBD Underlying Updates December 21, 2019

IBD Underlying Updates December 21, 2019

We have found that the Investor’s Business Daily Top 50 List has been a reliable source of stocks that are likely to move higher in the short run.  Recent additions to the list might be particularly good choices for this strategy, and deletions might be good indicators for exiting a position that you might already have on that stock.

As with all investments, you should only make option trades with money that you can truly afford to lose.

Happy trading,

Terry

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I have been trading the equity markets with many different strategies for over 40 years. Terry Allen's strategies have been the most consistent money makers for me. I used them during the 2008 melt-down, to earn over 50% annualized return, while all my neighbors were crying about their losses.

~ John Collins