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Emergent (EBS) Rallies as CEO Discusses Plans of Coronavirus Vaccine Development

Monday, March 16th, 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.

A few biotech companies are rallying as investors are encouraged by the prospect of a Coronavirus vaccine, and EBS is one of them. The following two articles discuss the matter in detail –  Emergent (EBS) Begins Development of Treatments for COVID-19 and Emergent BioSolutions CEO Talks Coronavirus Vaccine Development.

Technicals

EBS is an outperformer and posted its highest weekly close since 2018 in the past week. In the process, the stock has overtaken a major horizontal resistance level at $66 that proved to be a hurdle on a few attempts between 2019 and 2020. On a weekly chart, the stock has posted a strong upside candle that erases several weeks of declines which can be seen as a bullish signal. Further, the stock is in a clear uptrend since bottoming out in late August and the recent upward momentum suggests the bullish trend remains intact.

EBS Chart March 2020 Covid-19 response

EBS Chart March 2020

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

Buy To Open EBS 17APR20 65 Puts (EBS200417P65)
Sell To Open EBS 17APR20 70 Puts (EBS200417P70) for a credit of $1.78 (selling a vertical)

This price was $0.02 less than the mid-point of the option spread when EBS was trading near $69.  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 $176.70 and your broker would charge a $500 maintenance fee, making your investment $323.30 ($500 – $176.70).  If EBS closes at any price above $70 on April 17, both options would expire worthless, and your return on the spread would be 55% (627% annualized).

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

IBD Underlying Updates March 14, 2020

IBD Underlying Updates March 14, 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

ServiceNow (NOW) Stock Breaks Out On Earnings Beat

Monday, February 3rd, 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.

ServiceNow stock advanced sharply higher in the past week after earnings came in better than expected. Here is what two analysts have to say about the recent earnings report – Service Now’s (NOW) Q4 Earnings Beat, Revenues Rise Y/Y and ServiceNow (NYSE:NOW) PT Raised to at Jefferies Financial Group.

Technicals

The earnings report in the past week has triggered a technical breakout in NOW which trades at all-time highs. The technical charts suggest the upward momentum will continue while the stock holds above the breakout point at $319. The upper bound of a rising trend channel is within proximity and this might trigger a near-term consolidation while an upward break of it would be indicative of rising upward momentum.

NOW Chart February 2020 upward momentum

NOW Chart February 2020

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

Buy To Open NOW 13MAR20 330 Puts (NOW200213P330)
Sell To Open NOW 13MAR20 335 Puts (NOW200213P335) for a credit of $1.89 (selling a vertical)

This price was $0.02 less than the mid-point of the option spread when NOW was trading near $338.  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 $187.70 and your broker would charge a $500 maintenance fee, making your investment $312.30 ($500 – $187.70).  If NOW closes at any price above $335 on March 13, both options would expire worthless, and your return on the spread would be 60% (562% annualized).

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

IBD Underlying Updates February 2, 2020

IBD Underlying Updates February 2, 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

L3 Harris Technologies (LHX) Breaks to Record Highs, What’s Next?

Monday, January 20th, 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.

LHX has received positive media coverage as of late. The IBD recently wrote an article naming the company its stock of the day and it has since rallied to trigger IBD’s buy point. Meanwhile, Zack’s has included the stock as part of their list of 4 defense stocks they think will do really well in 2020.

Technicals

Two notable technical developments are seen in the daily chart for L3 Harris Technologies. First, the stock has broken higher from a bullish flag pattern that had encompassed prices from September until late January. The second technical development that offers a bullish signal is the break above $215 resistance. This level is considered significant as it held the stock lower on multiple attempts in August and September. Further, the stock trades at an all-time high after breaking above the horizontal level.

LHX Chart January 2020 vertical options spread

LHX Chart January 2020

If you agree there’s further upside ahead for LHX, 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 LHX 21FEB20 210 Puts (LHX200221P210)
Sell To Open LHX 21FEB20 220 Puts (LHX200221P220) for a credit of $3.78 (selling a vertical)

This price was $0.02 less than the mid-point of the option spread when LHX was trading near $220.  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 $376.70 and your broker would charge a $1000 maintenance fee, making your investment $623.30 ($1000 – $376.70).  If LHX closes at any price above $220 on February 21, both options would expire worthless, and your return on the spread would be 60% (684% annualized).

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

IBD Underlying Updates January 18, 2020

IBD Underlying Updates January 18, 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

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

Green Lights are Flashing for Merck & Co (MRK)

Monday, December 16th, 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.

Merck has been in the spotlight because of a recent acquisition and as several biotech’s have produced outsized gains as of late. The following two articles discuss the acquisition and how MRK is a better option compared to one of its peers – Merck: Adding To The Pipeline and Better Buy: Eli Lilly vs. Merck.

Technicals

The recent technical development in MRK is a significant one. The stock has broken above a horizontal resistance level at $87 that had held it lower on three notable attempts since the summer. Such a consolidation, followed by a break,, is often a precursor to a much larger move to come. With the stock still trading relatively close to its breakout point there is good value as technical traders usually look to defend breakout points if they were to be retested.

MRK Chart December 2019 broken resistence level

MRK Chart December 2019

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

Buy To Open MRK 17JAN20 87.5 Puts (MRK200117P87.5)
Sell To Open MRK 17JAN20 90 Puts (MRK200117P90) for a credit of $0.92 (selling a vertical)

This price was $0.02 less than the mid-point of the option spread when MRK was trading near $89.  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 MRK closes at any price above $90 on January 17, 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 December 14, 2019 via Terry's Tips

IBD Underlying Updates December 14, 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

Should You Buy the Dip in Adobe (ADBE)?

Monday, September 23rd, 2019

The following two articles certainly suggest Adobe is a good buy on the current dip – Adobe: Timely Buying Opportunity and Adobe: Take Advantage of Bearishness to Buy a High-Quality Stock Cheaper.

From a technical perspective, ADBE is testing a major support confluence. The confluence consists of a horizontal line at $275 as well as the 200-day moving average. The horizontal level was major resistance that held the stock lower in 2018 and it is now seen as support. There has been some evidence of the support area holding so far but a break above recent highs around $285 would provide further confirmation.

ADBE Chart September 2019 verticle options spread

ADBE Chart September 2019

If you agree there’s further upside ahead for ADBE, 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 ADBE 25OCT19 275 Puts (ADBE191025P275)
Sell To Open ADBE 25OCT19 277.5 Puts (ADBE191025P277.5) for a credit of $0.95 (selling a vertical)

This price was $0.02 less than the mid-point of the option spread when ADBE was trading near $278.  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 $2.50 per spread (the rate charged by thinkorswim for Terry’s Tips’ subscribers).  Each contract would then yield $92.50 and your broker would charge a $250 maintenance fee, making your investment $157.50 ($250 – $92.50).  If ADBE closes at any price above $277.5 on October 25, both options would expire worthless, and your return on the spread would be 59% (673% annualized).

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

IBD Underlying Updates September 21, 2019 options trading ideas

IBD Underlying Updates September 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

CDW Corp. (CDW) Is Poised to Break to Fresh Record Highs

Monday, September 9th, 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.

CDW Corp. (CDW) Is Poised to Break to Fresh Record Highs

Several Analysts are optimistic about CDW’s outlook, take a look at what there two publications have to say – Is CDW (CDW) Outperforming Other Computer and Technology Stocks This Year? And With EPS Growth And More, CDW (NASDAQ:CDW) Is Interesting.

The most impressive part of CDW is how steadily it has been rising throughout the year. Dips in the stocks price are shallow and appear to be quickly bought up. A rising trend channel has encompassed price action and there are several layers of downside support. The first is a horizontal level that comes in just above $116. Further support comes from the 50-day moving average, currently near $113.50. The moving average is near the bottom of the trend channel and therefore is considering to be major support.

CDW Chart September 2019 verticle options spread

CDW Chart September 2019

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

Buy To Open CDW 18OCT19 110 Puts (CDW191018P110)
Sell To Open CDW 18OCT19 115 Puts (CDW191018P115) for a credit of $1.18 (selling a vertical)

This price was $0.02 less than the mid-point of the option spread when CDW was trading near $118.  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 $2.50 per spread (the rate charged by thinkorswim for Terry’s Tips’ subscribers).  Each contract would then yield $115.50 and your broker would charge a $500 maintenance fee, making your investment $384.50 ($500 – $115.50).  If CDW closes at any price above $115 on October 18, both options would expire worthless, and your return on the spread would be 30% (281% annualized).

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

IBD Underlying Updates September 5, 2019 weekly trade idea

IBD Underlying Updates September 5, 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

Will Paycom Software (PAYC) Continue to Outperform?

Monday, August 26th, 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.

Terry

Will Paycom Software (PAYC) Continue to Outperform?

PAYC has performed incredibly well this year and has significantly outperformed the markets since early August. These two analyst are expecting more upside for the stock – Why Paycom Software, Inc. (NYSE:PAYC) Looks Like A Quality Company and Is Paycom Software (PAYC) Stock Outpacing Its Computer and Technology Peers This Year?

From a technical standpoint, PAYC recently broke to record highs after climbing above resistance at $245. There is now a bit of a support confluence near the horizontal level as a rising trendline falls close to it. The stock shows strength via correlation as it has outperformed the broader markets and most of the stocks on the IBD Top 50 list. The chart below shows performance against the S&P 500 (SPY) which is marked by the gray line. Despite the index trading heavy this month, PAYC has not only manage to rally, but it has done so to new record highs which is impressive to say at the least.

PAYC Chart August 2019 verticle options spread

PAYC Chart August 2019

If you agree there’s further upside ahead for PAYC, 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 PAYC 20SEP19 240 Puts (PAYC190920P240)
Sell To Open PAYC 20SEP19 250 Puts (PAYC190920P250) for a credit of $4.13 (selling a vertical)

This price was $0.02 less than the mid-point of the option spread when PAYC was trading near $249.  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 $2.50 per spread (the rate charged by thinkorswim for Terry’s Tips’ subscribers).  Each contract would then yield $410.50 and your broker would charge a $1000 maintenance fee, making your investment $589.50 ($1000 – $410.50).  If PAYC closes at any price above $250 on September 20, both options would expire worthless, and your return on the spread would be 70% (798% annualized).

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

IBD Underlying Updates August 22, 2019

IBD Underlying Updates August 22, 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

Visa (V) Dips – Is it Time to Get In?

Monday, August 19th, 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.

Terry

Visa (V) Dips – Is it Time to Get In?

One analyst recently wrote an article titled Load Up On Visa which is the type of thing usually said when there is a sharp fall in the stock discussed, in the context that it is being offered at a discount. This is certainly not the case with Visa as the correction a few weeks back was much more shallow when compared to other stocks in the sector. The headline goes to show just how positive sentiment is. Also take a look at the following article which discusses Visa’s performance compared to its sector – Is Visa (V) Stock Outpacing Its Business Services Peers This Year?

From a technical perspective, the stock dipped lower in the early month but caught a strong bid near support to erase losses. There is a horizontal level in play at $172 which seems to have been respected by the market. If offered resistance in early June, and support after a gap up later in the month. Earlier this month, the same level held the stock at the open when it gapped lower. The 50-day moving average is also in play, and it is starting to look like the stock has regained it. The overall trend in Visa is impressive and pull backs throughout the rally this year have been shallow. Another sign of strength is how stable the stock was in the past week while the markets were generally volatile and under pressure.

V Chart August 2019 verticle options spread

V Chart August 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, at least a little bit.

Buy To Open V 20SEP19 175 Puts (V190920P175)
Sell To Open V 20SEP19 180 Puts (V190920P180) for a credit of $2.06 (selling a vertical)

This price was $0.02 less than the mid-point of the option spread when V was trading near $178.  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 $2.50 per spread (the rate charged by thinkorswim for Terry’s Tips’ subscribers).  Each contract would then yield $203.50 and your broker would charge a $500 maintenance fee, making your investment $296.50 ($500 – $203.50).  If V closes at any price above $180 on September 20, both options would expire worthless, and your return on the spread would be 69% (787% annualized).

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

IBD Underlying Updates August 15, 2019

IBD Underlying Updates August 15, 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

Consider Essent Group (ESNT) Following Their Earnings Report

Monday, August 5th, 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.

Terry

Consider Essent Group (ESNT) Following Their Earnings Report

ESNT reported earnings in the past week and despite an early day dip, the stock managed to close higher on the day. The following article provides a view on why the stock could continue higher – 2 Stocks Poised to Thrive in Volatile Times: Essent Group Ltd., Cognex Corporation. Also take a look at this article which discusses the earnings report and the declaration of a new dividend – Essent Group Ltd. Reports Second Quarter 2019 Results & Declares Inaugural Dividend.

There are two significant things going for ESNT from a technical perspective. First, the stock dipped below major support at $45.38 on Friday but managed to close above it. This has resulted in a hammer candle which is a popular candlestick that signals the potential for a reversal. This pattern is not just seen on a daily chart, it is also present on a weekly chart and even on a 4-hour chart. The horizontal level is considered significant as it triggered a major turn last year and as it has acted as support in recent months. The fact that the candlestick pattern printed above such a significant level strengthens it. The other thing going for the stock is that it managed to close higher despite an overall heavy tone in the markets on Friday. This divergence is quite important as the markets look a bit heavy following the price action in the past week.

ESNT Chart August 2019 verticle options spread

ESNT Chart August 2019

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

Buy To Open ESNT 20SEP19 40 Puts (ESNT190920P40)
Sell To Open ESNT 20SEP19 45 Puts (ESNT190920P45) for a credit of $1.68 (selling a vertical)

This price was $0.02 less than the mid-point of the option spread when ESNT was trading near $46.  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 $2.50 per spread (the rate charged by thinkorswim for Terry’s Tips’ subscribers).  Each contract would then yield $165.50 and your broker would charge a $500 maintenance fee, making your investment $334.50 ($500 – $165.50).  If ESNT closes at any price above $45 on September 20, both options would expire worthless, and your return on the spread would be 49% (389% annualized).

IBD Underlying Updates August 1, 2019 via Terry's Tips

IBD Underlying Updates August 1, 2019

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

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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