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Netflix (NFLX) Shows Renewed Upward Momentum

Monday, January 27th, 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.

Netflix, a recent addition to the IBD Top 50 list, has shown strong bullish momentum despite a brief dip following its recent earnings report. The following article highlights some of the positive takeaways from the earnings report – 6 Critical Takeaways Learned From Netflix’s Q4 Earnings Report. Also, take a look at this recent CNBC article which includes details of a price target upgrade and a video interview with Mark Cuban – Netflix stock climbed more than 7%, its best day of trading for the year.

Technicals

The strongest signal from NFLX comes from a bullish breach above $336 which was an important price point in 2019. But more important is the manner in which the stock did so. There was an initial dip lower following the earnings report, which might have spooked investors, that followed with a momentum-driven rally. This type of price action often occurs when the market participants are searching for liquidity to establish large bullish positions. It holds especially true during earnings releases as trading volumes tend to be elevated. Further, the stock once again trades comfortably above its 100-week moving average which has been an important indicator in the past. The next major level of interest to the upside is $374 while $336 is expected to support any near-term dips.

NFLX Chart January 2020

NFLX Chart January 2020

If you agree there’s further upside ahead for NFLX, 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 NFLX 28FEB20 350 Puts (NFLX200228P350)
Sell To Open NFLX 28FEB20 352.5 Puts (NFLX200228P352.5) for a credit of $1.13 (selling a vertical)

This price was $0.02 less than the mid-point of the option spread when NFLX was trading near $353.  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 $111.70 and your broker would charge a $250 maintenance fee, making your investment $138.30 ($250 – $111.70).  If NFLX closes at any price above $352.50 on February 28, both options would expire worthless, and your return on the spread would be 81% (924% annualized).

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

IBD Underlying Updates January 25, 2020

IBD Underlying Updates January 25, 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

Copart (CPRT) Eyes $100 Price Point

Monday, January 13th, 2020

Copart is a momentum stock that has caught the eyes of many analysts, here are two of them – Why Copart (CPRT) Stock Might be a Great Pick and Why Do 123 A+ Funds Have A Stake In This Breakout IBD 50 Stock?

Technicals

The main appeal to CPRT from a technical perspective is its upward momentum on the larger time frames. Over the last year, the stock has only posted one monthly loss and that loss was a small one compared to typical monthly ranges. Pullbacks have been shallow and buyers are quick to pick this stock up on dips. A horizontal level is in play at $91 that acted as resistance from mid-November until the break higher two weeks ago. The upward break suggests bullish a continuation and the psychological $100 price point may act as a magnet for this stock.

CPRT Chart January 2020

CPRT Chart January 2020

If you agree there’s further upside ahead for CPRT, 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 CPRT 21FEB20 90 Puts (CPRT200221P90)
Sell To Open CPRT 21FEB20 95 Puts (CPRT200221P95) for a credit of $1.63 (selling a vertical)

This price was $0.02 less than the mid-point of the option spread when CPRT was trading near $95.  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 $161.70 and your broker would charge a $500 maintenance fee, making your investment $338.30 ($500 – $161.70).  If CPRT closes at any price above $95 on February 21, both options would expire worthless, and your return on the spread would be 48% (449% annualized).

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

IBD Underlying Updates January 11, 2020

IBD Underlying Updates January 11, 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

ServiceNow (NOW) Eyes All-Time Highs

Monday, December 30th, 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.

ServiceNow (NOW) is up 35% from its low two months ago and several analysts expect the stock to continue higher. Here are two of them – Is ServiceNow (NOW) Outperforming Other Computer and Technology Stocks This Year? and 3 Tech Stocks for Growth Investors to Buy for 2020.

Technicals

From a technical perspective, NOW recently scaled above a major horizontal level that resides near $275. This level first came into play in late April and has acted as resistance on multiple occasions. The bullish break signals strength. The next area of interest will tend to be the psychological $300 price point which held the stock lower earlier this year.

ServiceNow hits all-time highs December 2019

NOW Chart December 2019

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 four weeks, or at least not decline very much.

Buy To Open NOW 24JAN20 282.5 Puts (NOW200124P282.5)
Sell To Open NOW 24JAN20 285 Puts (NOW200124P285) for a credit of $1.03 (selling a vertical)

This price was $0.02 less than the mid-point of the option spread when NOW was trading near $287.  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 $101.70 and your broker would charge a $250 maintenance fee, making your investment $148.30 ($250 – $101.70).  If NOW closes at any price above $285 on January 24, both options would expire worthless, and your return on the spread would be 69% (1007% annualized).

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

IBD Underlying Updates December 28, 2019

IBD Underlying Updates December 28, 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

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

Jazz Pharmaceuticals (JAZZ) – A Pharma Stock on a Tear

Monday, December 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.

Recent media coverage suggests Jazz Pharmaceuticals is a stock that investors certainly want to own. Check out what these two articles have to say about it – Hedge Funds Got Back Into Jazz Pharmaceuticals plc and  Two stocks I’d tuck away forever: Jazz Pharmaceuticals plc (JAZZ), HollyFrontier Corporation (HFC).

Technicals

JAZZ is showing a textbook technical breakout. The stock traded between roughly $115 and $145 for most of the year before finally breaking higher in November. The $145 price point offered major resistance in April and July and is now seen as support. In fact, a dip toward the level in the past week was promptly bought up, offering some confirmation that buyers do view the level as support. Further, the upward momentum from the October low is unusually strong which also confirms the outlook of a technical breakout.

JAZZ Pharmaceuticals Chart December 2019

JAZZ Chart December 2019

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

Buy To Open JAZZ 17JAN20 145 Puts (JAZZ200117P145)
Sell To Open JAZZ 17JAN20 150 Puts (JAZZ200117P150) for a credit of $2.18 (selling a vertical)

This price was $0.02 less than the mid-point of the option spread when JAZZ was trading near $149.  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 $216.70 and your broker would charge a $500 maintenance fee, making your investment $283.30 ($500 – $216.70).  If JAZZ closes at any price above $150 on January 17, both options would expire worthless, and your return on the spread would be 76% (711% annualized).

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

IBD Underlying Updates December 7, 2019

IBD Underlying Updates December 7, 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

MOMO Inc. (MOMO) – A Growth Stock That Offers Value

Monday, December 2nd, 2019

Momo Inc. has been getting positive media coverage as of late, check out what these two analysts had to say about the stock – 3 Undervalued Mid-Cap Stocks That Score a “Perfect 10” and Better Buy: Momo vs. Huya.

Technicals

The technicals sure look good for MOMO as the stock is seen breaking out of a consolidation pattern that had contained price action since around April. The stock broke upward from the triangle pattern in early November and showed strong buying on a dip to retest the pattern in the past week.Further, the stock trades comfortably above the 50, 100, and 200-day moving averages which have all converged between $34-$35.

MOMO Chart December 2019 options spread

MOMO Chart December 2019

If you agree there’s further upside ahead for MOMO, 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 MOMO 03JAN20 35 Puts (MOMO200103P35)
Sell To Open MOMO 03JAN20 37.5 Puts (MOMO200103P37.5) for a credit of $0.93 (selling a vertical)

This price was $0.02 less than the mid-point of the option spread when MOMO was trading near $37.5.  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 $91.70 and your broker would charge a $250 maintenance fee, making your investment $158.30 ($250 – $91.70).  If MOMO closes at any price above $37.5 on January 03, both options would expire worthless, and your return on the spread would be 58% (662% annualized).

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

IBD Underlying Updates November 30, 2019

IBD Underlying Updates November 30, 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

J2 Global (JCOM) – A Little-Known Stock Showing a lot of Strength

Monday, November 25th, 2019

There was an article published about J2 Global on SeekingAlpha in July that was titled “J2 Global is a Sleeper”. There’s a lot of truth to this, this stock is not very well known or covered in media but from the articles that are written about the company, quite a few of them have good things to say about it. Here are two of them – J2 Global’s Charts Send Bullish Signals and J2 Global (JCOM) Stock Analysis offering an attractive story

Technicals

JCOM has broken higher from a major technical pattern. The weekly chart below shows that the roughly $91 price point offered a major hurdle since the stock price first approached it in early 2017. After consolidating in a range below the level for more than two years, it finally broke higher last month. In the past week, there has been a pullback, offering an attractive entry with major support from the breakout point nearby. Breakouts like this tend to signal a significant upside considering it is on a weekly chart. The technical break should create demand among technical traders and keep the stock price bid, likely even ahead of the $91 breakout point.

JCOM Chart November 2019 vertical options spread

JCOM Chart November 2019

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

Buy To Open JCOM 20DEC19 90 Puts (JCOM191220P90)
Sell To Open JCOM 20DEC19 95 Puts (JCOM191220P95) for a credit of $1.48 (selling a vertical)

This price was $0.02 less than the mid-point of the option spread when JCOM was trading near $95.  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 $146.70 and your broker would charge a $500 maintenance fee, making your investment $353.30 ($500 – $146.70).  If JCOM closes at any price above $95 on December 20, both options would expire worthless, and your return on the spread would be 42% (613% annualized).

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

IBD Underlying Updates November 23, 2019

IBD Underlying Updates November 23, 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 Alibaba (BABA) Following the Technical Break

Monday, November 18th, 2019

Consider Alibaba (BABA) Following the Technical Break

With the stock markets gaining upward momentum Alibaba is gaining attention. The following two analysts have included the stock in their top picks of stocks to own – These 3 ‘Strong Buy’ Giants Still Have Room for Growth, Say Analysts and 5 Mega Cap Stocks Hedge Funds Are Crazy About.

From a technical standpoint, BABA has scaled above a fairly important resistance level at $181. This is a level that held the stock lower since July and the upward break suggests the stock has resumed within its uptrend. Further, the stock has also regained its 20-day moving average and has been trading in a bullish trendline channel which originates from a low printed in early October. There has been a strong show of buying on a retest of the horizontal level in the past week which is also a bullish sign.

BABA Chart November 2019 vertical options spread

BABA Chart November 2019

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 very much.

Buy To Open BABA 20DEC19 180 Puts (BABA191220P180)
Sell To Open BABA 20DEC19 185 Puts (BABA191220P185) for a credit of $2 (selling a vertical)

This price was $0.02 less than the mid-point of the option spread when BABA was trading near $185.  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 $198.70 and your broker would charge a $500 maintenance fee, making your investment $301.30 ($500 – $198.70).  If BABA closes at any price above $185 on December 20, both options would expire worthless, and your return on the spread would be 66% (753% annualized).

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

IBD Underlying Updates November 16, 2019 via Terry's Tips

IBD Underlying Updates November 16, 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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