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Palo Alto Networks (PANW) Soars Following Earnings Beat

Monday, November 23rd, 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.

PANW rallied to fresh all-time highs after first-quarter earnings and revenue surpassed analyst expectations. In addition to the earnings report, Palo Alto Networks is acquiring a cybersecurity company that stands to boost its competitive edge. The following two articles provide more detail – BofA Turns Bullish On Palo Alto Networks After Q1 Beat and Palo Alto Networks: Why Expanse Is A Game Changer.

Technicals

Monday’s earnings report offered the catalyst for a bullish break of a flag pattern that had been forming for several months. The technical break signals a bullish continuation of the trend that took place in the second and third quarter. PANW has shown a steady rise in upward momentum since the start of the month and investors may look to continue buying on shallow dips.

PANW Chart November 2020 - All time high

PANW Chart November 2020

If you agree there’s further upside ahead for PANW, consider this trade which relies on the stock remaining above the $290 level through the expiration in six weeks.

Buy To Open PANW 31DEC20 285 Puts (PANW201231P285)
Sell To Open PANW 31DEC20 290 Puts (PANW201231P290) for a credit of $2.05 (selling a vertical)

This credit is $0.02 less than the mid-point of the option spread when PANW was trading near $292.  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 $203.70. This reduces your buying power by $500 and makes your investment $296.30 ($500 – $203.70).  If PANW closes at any price above $290 on December 31, both options will expire worthless, and your return on the spread would be 69% ($203.70 / $296.30), or 646% annualized.

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

IBD Underlying Updates November 21, 2020

IBD Underlying Updates November 21, 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

Paypal (PYPL) – A Longstanding Favorite Among Analysts

Monday, November 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 majority of analysts have consistently given PYPL a Strong Buy rating over the past year, and rightfully so. The stock is up 74% YTD even though it’s down about 13% from the all-time high posted last month. The following two articles shed some light on why investors are drawn to the company: Robinhood Investors Love PayPal. Should They? and Is PayPal Stock A Buy Right Now? Here’s What Earnings, Charts Show.

Technicals

PYPL has mostly traded sideways for the last four months which is not that surprising as stocks often fall into a period of consolidation after a powerful rally. The 100-Day moving average has come into play and while there have been a few days where PYPL traded below it, buyers have been quick to lift the stock back above it. With PYPL trading close to the lower bound of the recent range, this could be an attractive price point to consider a long position.

PYPL Chart November 2020 - Strong Buy

PYPL Chart November 2020

If you agree there’s further upside ahead for PYPL, consider this trade which relies on the stock remaining above the $185 level through the expiration in five weeks.

Buy To Open PYPL 18DEC20 180 Puts (PYPL201218P180)
Sell To Open PYPL 18DEC20 185 Puts (PYPL201218P185) for a credit of $1.83 (selling a vertical)

This credit is $0.02 less than the mid-point of the option spread when PYPL was trading near $189.  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 $181.70. This reduces your buying power by $500 and makes your investment $318.30 ($500 – $181.70).  If PYPL closes at any price above $185 on December 18, both options will expire worthless, and your return on the spread would be 57% ($181.70 / $318.30), or 650% annualized.

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

IBD Underlying Updates November 14, 2020

IBD Underlying Updates November 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

Investors Flock to Facebook (FB) Post-Election

Monday, November 9th, 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.

Facebook rose sharply higher in the past week for a gain of 11.5%. The following two articles discuss the rationale behind the move and its implications – 3 Stocks That Are Big Winners After The U.S. Election and Best Mutual Funds Buy Up FANG Stocks Amazon, Alphabet, Facebook.

Technicals

The price action points to the same narrative as suggested by the articles mentioned above. There was a large move lower ahead of the election, likely attributed to investors covering their position ahead of the election. But then the rally in the past week catapulted FB to a new 2-month high, signaling a clear shift in sentiment from the earlier uncertainty. Further, FB’s outperformance compared to the broader markets during this time shows that it remains a favorite among investors. Near-term support is seen at $284 as the price point acted as resistance last month. The strong show of buying as of late suggests that near-term dips will be shallow, but if FB dips below $284, further support is seen at the 50-Day moving average. This moving average falls near a rising trendline that originates from a low printed in late June.

FB Chart November 2020 - Post election spike FANG

FB Chart November 2020

If you agree there’s further upside ahead for FB, consider this trade which relies on the stock remaining above the $292.5 level through the expiration in five weeks.

Buy To Open FB 11DEC20 290 Puts (FB201211P290)
Sell To Open FB 11DEC20 292.5 Puts (FB201211P292.5) for a credit of $1.08 (selling a vertical)

This credit is $0.02 less than the mid-point of the option spread when FB was trading near $293.  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 $106.70. This reduces your buying power by $250 and makes your investment $143.30 ($250 – $106.70).  If FB closes at any price above $292.5 on December 11, both options will expire worthless, and your return on the spread would be 74% ($106.70 / $143.30), or 844% annualized.

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

IBD Underlying Updates November 7, 2020

IBD Underlying Updates November 7, 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

Franco Nevada (FNV) – Is it Time to Start Looking at Gold Stocks Again?

Monday, November 2nd, 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.

Back in August, gold-related stocks were in the headlines as many of them were surging with spot gold prices rallying to an all-time high. Often when a certain sector is getting a lot of attention, it’s worthwhile waiting for a pullback which is why it may be worthwhile revisiting FNV which has retreated 16% from its August high. The following article outlines why FNV’s upcoming earnings report could drive its stock price higher – Franco-Nevada (FNV) Earnings Expected to Grow: What to Know Ahead of Next Week’s Release. Also take a look at this article which discusses FNV’s advantage over its competitors as a result of its unique business model – Franco Nevada Corp (FNV) Has Risen 45% in Last One Year, Outperforms Market.

Technicals

FNV tested its 200-day moving average and the candlestick pattern that has materialized since then signals that a bullish reversal could take place. Looking at the broader picture, while FNV has declined notably from its August high there hasn’t been a lot of momentum in the downward move, especially over the past two months. A triangle pattern has emerged and a break of the upper line of the pattern, roughly around $140, would offer confirmation of a bullish breakout.

FNV Chart November 2020 - Gold Stocks

FNV Chart November 2020

If you agree there’s further upside ahead for FNV, consider this trade which relies on the stock remaining above the $135 level through the expiration in seven weeks.

Buy To Open FNV 18DEC20 130 Puts (FNV201218P130)
Sell To Open FNV 18DEC20 135 Puts (FNV201218P135) for a credit of $2.08 (selling a vertical)

This credit is $0.02 less than the mid-point of the option spread when FNV was trading near $136.50.  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 $206.70. This reduces your buying power by $500 and makes your investment $293.30 ($500 – $206.70).  If FNV closes at any price above $135 on December 18, both options will expire worthless, and your return on the spread would be 70% ($206.70 / $293.30), or 544% annualized.

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

IBD Underlying Updates October 31, 2020

IBD Underlying Updates October 31, 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

Regeneron Pharmaceuticals (REGN) Retreats to Notable Technical Support

Monday, October 26th, 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.

REGN has been in the spotlight ever since President Trump received its antibody treatment earlier this month, check out what the following two articles have to say about the company  – 3 COVID-19 Antibody Stocks That Are Leading the Race and Is Regeneron a Buy Before Nov. 3?

Technicals

Horizontal support at $562 is quite important for REGN as it acted as resistance back in 2015 to trigger a major reversal. The level has halted the decline that started over the summer and there are some signs that the upward cycle could continue once again. In addition to the horizontal level, there is a rising trendline in play that originates from the low in early September and the 200-Day moving average is rapidly rising to converge towards the $562 price point.

REGN Chart October 2020 - Top 3 Covid-19 Antibody Stock

REGN Chart October 2020

If you agree there’s further upside ahead for REGN, consider this trade which relies on the stock remaining above the $577.5 level through the expiration in five weeks.

Buy To Open REGN 27NOV20 577.5 Puts (REGN201127P577.5)
Sell To Open REGN 27NOV20 580 Puts (REGN201127P580) for a credit of $1.03 (selling a vertical)

This credit is $0.02 less than the mid-point of the option spread when REGN was trading near $580.  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 $101.70. This reduces your buying power by $250 and makes your investment $148.30 ($250 – $101.70).  If REGN closes at any price above $580 on November 27, both options will expire worthless, and your return on the spread would be 69% ($101.70 / $148.30), or 718% annualized.

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

IBD Underlying Updates October 24, 2020

IBD Underlying Updates October 24, 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

DR Horton (DHI) Powers to Record High

Monday, October 5th, 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.

DHI is an outperformer in the markets. The stock closed at an all-time high in the past week while the S&P 500 would need to rally another 7% to achieve the same milestone. Check out what the following two analysts have to say about the stock – D.R. Horton (DHI) Gains As Market Dips: What You Should Know and D.R. Horton, LGI Homes In Buy Range, Lowe’s Sets Up As Coronavirus Fuels Housing Stocks

Technicals

DHI has posted gains in the last six straight months and shows renewed upward momentum after breaking above the August top. The stock was held lower by horizontal resistance at $75.60 in September and this same price point is now seen as downside support. There is also a rising trendline in play that shows further support in the $74-$74.50 range. Back in June, DHI hovered around its 20-day moving average for about a month before continuing the upward momentum. A similar pattern could be playing out now as the stock spent most of September consolidating around its 20 DMA.

DHI Chart October 2020 rising trend

DHI Chart October 2020

If you agree there’s further upside ahead for DHI, consider this trade which relies on the stock remaining above $77.50 level through the expiry in five weeks.

Buy To Open DHI 06NOV20 75 Puts (DHI201106P75)
Sell To Open DHI 06NOV20 77.5 Puts (DHI201106P77.5) for a credit of $0.89 (selling a vertical)

This credit is $0.02 less than the mid-point of the option spread when DHI was trading near $78.  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 $87.70. This reduces your buying power by $250 and makes your investment $162.30 ($250 – $87.70).  If DHI closes at any price above $77.50 on November 06, both options will expire worthless, and your return on the spread would be 54% ($87.70 / $162.30), or 616% annualized.

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

IBD Underlying Updates October 3, 2020

IBD Underlying Updates October 3, 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

Intuit (INTU) Chart Signals Buying Opportunity

Monday, September 28th, 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.

INTU looks appealing from both a technical and fundamental perspective. The following two articles discuss why investors might be drawn to the stock from the fundamental side of things – Here is Why Growth Investors Should Buy Intuit (INTU) Now and Here’s Why I Think Intuit Is An Interesting Stock.

Technicals

On the technical side, INTU trades near an important confluence of support, and recent price action suggests that buyers are willing to defend it. Support for INTU comes from its 100-day moving average as well as a horizontal level at $305. This price point previously acted as resistance back in February when the markets broadly turned lower. Further, on the larger time frames, INTU tested its 20-week moving average in the past week. There was a strong rally from the indicator which has led to a bullish reversal candlestick formation on a weekly chart.

INTU Chart September 2020 - strong rally

INTU Chart September 2020

If you agree there’s further upside ahead for INTU, consider this trade which relies on the stock remaining above $317.50 through the expiration in five weeks.

Buy To Open INTU 30OCT20 315 Puts (INTU201030P315)
Sell To Open INTU 30OCT20 317.5 Puts (INTU201030P317.5) for a credit of $1.03 (selling a vertical)

This credit is $0.02 less than the mid-point of the option spread when INTU was trading near $318.50.  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 $101.70. This reduces your buying power by $250 and makes your investment $148.30 ($250 – $101.70).  If INTU closes at any price above $317.50 on October 30, both options will expire worthless, and your return on the spread would be 69% ($101.70 / $148.30), or 787% annualized.

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

IBD Underlying Updates September 26, 2020

IBD Underlying Updates September 26, 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

Will Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMY) Continue the Upward Momentum?

Monday, August 17th, 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.

BMY is up nearly 40% from its low in March and several analysts expect it will continue to push higher. Check out the following article that discusses a potential 10% upside – Analysts Are Bullish on Top Healthcare Stocks: Pfenex (PFNX), Bristol Myers (BMY).  Also, take a look at why BMY might be appealing to growth investors – 3 Reasons Why Growth Investors Shouldn’t Overlook Bristol Myers (BMY).

Technicals

After a correction lower that started in May, BMY is showing signs that the uptrend has resumed. The stock has rallied above its 200-day moving average as well as a horizontal price point at $60. The moving average and horizontal level are now seen as strong support on the downside. Ahead of it, an additional support level is seen at $61.75. BMY is outperforming several of the stocks on the IBD Top 50 list in the month thus far. The higher time-frame charts for this stock point to renewed upward momentum while many of the other stocks on the list have started to move sideways.

BMY Chart August 2020

BMY Chart August 2020

If you agree there’s further upside ahead for BMY, consider this trade is based on the stock continuing its advance over the next five weeks, or at least not declining very much.

Buy To Open BMY 18SEP20 60 Puts (BMY20918P60)
Sell To Open BMY 18SEP20 62.5 Puts (BMY20918P62.5) for a credit of $0.68 (selling a vertical)

This price was $0.02 less than the mid-point of the option spread when BMY was trading near $63.  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 $66.70 and your broker would charge a $250 maintenance fee, making your investment $183.30 ($250 – $66.70).  If BMY closes above $62.5 on September 18, both options would expire worthless, and your return on the spread would be 36% (411% annualized).

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

IBD Underlying Updates August 15, 2020

IBD Underlying Updates August 15, 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

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