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Is Taiwan Semiconductor (TSM) Ready To Resume Higher?

July 18th, 2017

This week we are featuring a company that was just added to the Investor’s Business Daily (IBD) Top 50 List. I hope that it is of interest to you. The Terry’s Tips’ portfolio that places trades on our selections from the IBD Top 50 List has gained 117.7% so far in 2017. Terry’s Tips subscribers who have trades placed in their accounts through Auto-Trade or who follow the portfolio on their own are happy campers right now.

Terry

Is Taiwan Semiconductor (TSM) Ready To Resume Higher?

Taiwan Semiconductor has been gaining popularity among investors as the company supplies key components used in the Iphone. Apple’s smartphone saw sales exceeding 50 million units last quarter. These analysts weigh in on why there may be further upside ahead for Taiwan Semiconductor’s stock . . .

Consider NutriSystem (NTRI) After The Price Correction

July 10th, 2017

This week we are looking at another of the Investor’s Business Daily (IBD) Top 50 companies. In one of our portfolios, we use this list to find stocks that have displayed strong upward momentum and place option trades that take advantage of the trend.

Terry

Consider NutriSystem (NTRI) After The Price Correction

Several research firms have recently upgraded their rating on NutriSystem, the following article provides some details – NutriSytem Inc Receives Consensus Rating of “buy” from Brokerages. As well, some big players upped their exposure to NutriSystem in the first quarter which is discussed in this article – Swiss National Bank Boosts Stake In NutriSystem Inc.

From a technical perspective, NTRI broke higher from a bullish flag pattern in late June to signal that a seven-week correction from a high posted in April may have completed.

Align Technology (ALGN) A Buy After Being Added To The S&P 500

July 3rd, 2017

This week we are featuring a company listed on the Investor’s Business Daily (IBD) Top 50 List that has also recently been added to the S&P 500 index. The stock has displayed strong upwards momentum and we look to place spreads that take advantage of this underlying strength.

Terry

Align Technology (ALGN) A Buy After Being Added To The S&P 500

Align Technology is the designer and manufacturer of the Invisalign System which they state is the most advanced clear aligner system in the world. Analysts are optimistic of the company’s growth prospects and have recently revised up their expectations. Zacks ranks this stock as a Strong Buy and these analysts have recently raised their targets: Align Technology (ALGN) PT Raised to $175 at Morgan Stanley; Huge At-Home Ortho Opportunity and Leerink Lifts Target On Align Technology, Sees 27% Upside.

From a technical perspective, ALGN boasts a strong uptrend and . . .

Merck Breaks Out, can it Continue to Trade Higher?

June 28th, 2017

This week we are featuring an option trading idea based on a stock that just broke out following the Senate healthcare bill. I hope that it is of interest to you.

Terry

Merck Breaks Out, can it Continue to Trade Higher?

Merck, broke out to fresh all-time highs last week following news from the proposed senate bill that would allow for less regulation and would not crack down on drug pricing. The Senate appears to be moving toward a vote, which should keep MRK buoyed.

If you concur with . . .

Lumentum Holdings (LITE) Is Coiling For An Up Move

June 27th, 2017

This week we are looking at another company listed on the Investor’s Business Daily (IBD) Top 50 List. We use this list in our portfolio to find stocks that have been strongly trending higher and this week’s stock is an outperformer which has done exactly that. The Terry’s Tips ’ portfolio that uses this list as its source for underlying ideas is now up 90.3% for the year to date.

Terry

Lumentum Holdings (LITE) Is Coiling For An Up Move

Lumentum Holdings hit all-time highs earlier this month and analysts believe there’s further upside ahead. Here are two articles that reveal where Lumentum could be heading and why – Lumentum (LITE) PT Raised to $80 at Needham & Company; 3D Sensing Could Double LITE’S Value and DA Davidson Starts Lumentum (LITE) at Buy.

The technical outlook for LITE is solid. The stock has been trending higher for over , , .

Is Alibaba (BABA) Ready to Accelerate Higher?

June 21st, 2017

This week we are featuring an option trading idea based on a stock on the IBD Top 50 List that just delivered robust earnings guidance. We have added this spread to the Terry’s Tips portfolio which trades vertical credit put spreads on selected IBD Top 50 companies (this portfolio has gained 77% so far in 2017).

Terry

Is Alibaba (BABA) Ready to Accelerate Higher?

Alibaba, broke out to fresh all-time highs last week following better than expected financial results both on the top and bottom line. Prices have been forming a bull flag pattern which is a pause that refreshes higher.

If you concur with the views expressed by these analysts, consider making this trade which is a bet that BABA will continue to advance (or at least not decline very much) over the next five weeks:

What impressed investors even more than the company’s financial result, was the company’s forward . . .

Is Arista Networks (ANET) Ready For An Acceleration To The Upside?

June 20th, 2017

This week we are featuring another option trading idea based on a selection from Investor’s Business Daily (IBD) Top 50 List. I hope that it is of interest to you.

Terry

Is Arista Networks (ANET) Ready For An Acceleration To The Upside?

Arista Networks is up 56.3% YTD and recently published articles indicate the stock is poised for more upside. Here are two of them – With legal risks fading, Barclays raises Arista Networks target and Needham: 100G upgrade cycle is a boon for Arista Networks.

If you concur with the views expressed by these analysts, consider making this trade which is a bet that ANET will continue to advance (or at least not decline very much) over the next five weeks:

Buy To Open ANET 21Jul17 145 puts (ANET170721P145)

Sell To Open ANET 21Jul17 150 puts (ANET170721P150) for a credit of $1.80 (selling a vertical)

Will Nvdia (NVDA) Continue Its Upward Momentum?

June 12th, 2017

This week we are discussing another of Investor’s Business Daily (IBD) Top 50 List companies. In one of our portfolios, we use this list to find stocks which have displayed a strong upward momentum, and we place spreads which will profit if the upward momentum continues for about six more weeks. Actually, the stock can even fall a little for the maximum gain to be made on these spreads.

Terry

Will Nvdia (NVDA) Continue Its Upward Momentum?

Several articles have recently been published on the positive outlook for NVDA. Here are two of them – Nvidia: Citigroup Analyst Thinks The Stock Can Go To $300 and BofAML pushes Nvidia to new price target high; shares up 2.7%.

If you agree with these analysts, you might consider making this trade which is a bet that NVDA will continue its upward momentum (or at least not decline very much) over the next six weeks:

Buy To Open NVDA 21Jul17 145 puts (NVDA170717P145)

Actual Positions in One Terry’s Tips Portfolio

June 5th, 2017

For the first time ever, I will share with you the exact strategy we use in one of the 9 portfolios we carry out at Terry’s Tips. I will reveal the exact positions we have in this portfolio, their original cost, and our reasoning for putting them on. This portfolio started out with $3000 at the beginning of 2017, and has gained 83% so far. It is not our best performing portfolio, but it exceeds the average 2017 gain of 51.7% for all 9 portfolios.

Terry

Actual Positions in One Terry’s Tips Portfolio

Our Honey Badger portfolio is one of our most aggressive (least conservative). Our strategy is to select companies which rank high on the Investor’s Business Daily Top 50 List, and make the assumption that these high-momentum stocks will continue to be strong for another six or ten weeks. The stocks don’t actually have to go up at all for us to make the maximum gain on the spreads we place. We select strike prices which are just below the then-current stock price so we can tolerate a small drop in the price while we hold the positions.

Here are the exact words we published in our June 3, 2017 Saturday Report which reviews performance of all nine portfolios:

Summary of Honey BadgerPortfolio This portfolio started with $3000 in early . . .

Closing Out Last Week’s Facebook Trades

May 10th, 2017

Today I would like to report on the gains I made last Friday on the trades I told you about that I had placed last Monday in advance of Facebook’s (FB) earnings announcement on May 3. I was fortunate enough for the stock to take a moderate drop after the announcement, and have some thoughts on how I might play the FB earnings announcement in 3 months.

Terry

Closing Out Last Week’s Facebook Trades

A little over a week ago, I passed on a pre-earnings trade I had made on Facebook in advance of their May 3 after-market announcement. Essentially, I bought calendar spreads (long side 16Jun17 series and short side 05May17 series) at the 150, 152.5 and 155 strikes when FB was trading just under $152.

I was hoping that the stock would barely budge after the announcement. I was lucky. It did just that, falling a bit to close out the week at $150.24, about $1.50 lower than it was when I bought the spreads.

Near the close, I was able to buy back all of the . . .

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