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Will Alibaba (BABA) Continue The Upward Momentum?

Monday, September 18th, 2017

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 portfolios to identify stocks that have displayed strong upward momentum and place spreads that profit it the momentum continues for about six weeks.

Last week, the 10 Terry’s Tips portfolios enjoyed another banner week. While SPY rose 1.1%, all 10 portfolios gained an average of 6.9% and are now up 75% for the year to date.  Isn’t it time you took a look at how we are doing this?  You just might learn something new.

Terry

Will Alibaba (BABA) Continue The Upward Momentum?

Some well-known analysts are quite bullish Alibaba stock and outline why they expect further upside here – Why Druckenmiller Is Optimistic about Chinese Consumer Stocks and Why Goldman Sachs is Optimistic about Alibaba.

BABA has been trending higher since late 2015 with a boost in upside momentum since the start of the year.  The stock gapped higher following the last earnings report and recently broke to record highs without closing the gap.  The 20-day moving average has held the stock higher since the middle of August and offers strong downside support as it resides within proximity of last month’s close of 172.47

BABA Chart September 2017

BABA Chart September 2017

*source Tradingview.com

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

Buy To Open BABA 27Oct17 175 Puts (BABA171027P175)
Sell To Open BABA 27Oct17 177.5 Puts (BABA171027P177.5) for a credit of $0.75 (selling a vertical)

This price was $0.02 less than the mid-point of the option spread when BABA was trading near $177.  Unless the stock rallies quickly from here, you should be able to get close to this amount.

If you use our favorite broker for this trade, tastyworks, your commission on this trade will only be $1 per opening contract ($2 per spread) (and there is no commission on closing trades, only the $.10 clearing fee).  Each contract would then yield $73 and your broker would charge a $250 maintenance fee, making your investment $177 ($250 – $73).  If BABA closes at any price above $177.50 on October 27, 2017, both options would expire worthless, and your return on the spread would be 41% (357% annualized).

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

IBD Underlying Updates September 15, 2017

IBD Underlying Updates September 15, 2017

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

Electronic Arts (EA) Stock Appears Undervalued After Analyst Upgrades

Tuesday, September 12th, 2017

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 portfolios to spot outperforming stocks and place spreads that take advantage of the momentum.

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Terry

Electronic Arts (EA) Stock Appears Undervalued After Analyst Upgrades

Analysts at Goldman Sachs are optimistic of the gaming industry and have initiated Electronic Arts with a Buy and a $136 price target.  Several other analysts have rated the stock as a Buy including the Jefferies Group who have recently restated their rating with a $135 price target.

 

From a technical perspective, EA has recently scaled above a notable hurdle at $116 which had capped gains in June.  Dips towards the level have been met with buyers since the middle of September, establishing the horizontal level as strong support.  A rising trend channel has encompassed price action since late July and the lower bound of the channel offers additional support slightly ahead of the horizontal level.

*source Tradingview.com

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

Buy To Open EA 20Oct17 110 Puts (EA171020P110)
Sell To Open EA 20Oct17 115 Puts (EA171020P115) for a credit of $1.35 (selling a vertical)

This price was $0.02 less than the mid-point of the option spread when EA was trading near $118.  Unless the stock rallies quickly from here, you should be able to get close to this amount.

If you use our favorite broker for this trade, tastyworks, your commission on this trade will only be $1 per opening contract ($2 per spread) (and there is no commission on closing trades, only the $.10 clearing fee).  Each contract would then yield $133 and your broker would charge a $500 maintenance fee, making your investment $367 ($500 – $133).  If EA closes at any price above $115 on October 20, 2017, both options would expire worthless, and your return on the spread would be 36% (314% annualized).

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.  It is interesting to see that MA was removed from the list this week.  This seems unusual since the stock moved up almost $4 last week.  This is the stock that is traded in the Terry’s Tips  portfolio called Rising Tide.  This portfolio has gained 120% so far in 2017 while MA has gained 31%.  We have almost done 4 times as great as the stock price increase.

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

Happy trading,

Terry

Back-to-School Special – Lowest Price Ever

Wednesday, September 6th, 2017

Back-to-School Special – Lowest Price Ever

Why must back-to-school purchases only be for the kids?  You got them new back-packs and pens and pads and lots of other things to help them make their learning experience a little easier or fun.

But how about yourself?   How about adults who would like to learn a little something, too?  What if you would like to learn how to dramatically improve your investment results?  Don’t you deserve a little something to help make that learning experience possible?

What better back-to-school gift could there be than a subscription to Terry’s Tips at the lowest price ever?  You will learn exactly how we have made over 100% so far this year trading our favorite strategy on two different stocks, and how you can do it yourself with your favorite stock.

We carry out 10 different portfolios with different options strategies, and you can learn each strategy and follow the actual results (including commissions) with all the trades we have made.  The composite average gain the 10 portfolios for the first 8 months of 2017 has been over 60%.

At the beginning of 2017, we set up an account to use our favorite strategy (we call it the 10k Strategy) using Mastercard (MA) options. MA has had a good run, gaining 27% so far this year.  Our portfolio has gained 110%, about 4 times as much.  Another portfolio was lucky enough to select Facebook (FB) as its underlying.  FB has gained 50% through the first 8 months of 2017 while our portfolio has gained 338%, over 6 times as much. Come on board and see every trade that we made in all 10 portfolios.

Many subscribers to Terry’s Tips have followed along with these portfolios since the beginning, having all their trades made for them through the Auto-Trade program at thinkorswim.  Others have followed our trades at another broker.  Regardless of where they traded, they are all happy campers right now.

We have made these gains with what we call the 10K Strategy.  It involves selling short-term options on individual stocks and using longer-term options (or LEAPS) as collateral.  It is sort of like writing calls, except that you don’t have to put up all that cash to buy 100 or 1000 shares of the stock.   It really works, especially if you select a stock that stays flat or moves higher over time.

We have other portfolios which have more modest goals.  Our most conservative portfolio selected 5 blue chip companies at the beginning of 2017 and used a strategy that would make a gain as long as these companies did not fall by 10% over the course of the year.  The annual goal for this portfolio was 30%, but it has over-achieved, picking up 32% so far, and is guaranteed to make 40% for the year as long as the underlying stocks don’t fall over 10% from here. (One of the underlyings, (JNJ) can only fall 6% for us to make the 40%.)

Another conservative portfolio was set up to make over 30% for the year as long as the overall market (the S&P 500) did not fall by more than 5% over the course of the year.  As you may know, the market has done quite well so far, gaining almost 10%, while our portfolio could be closed out for a 32% gain right now, and is on target to gain 40% for the year unless SPY drops over 15% between now and the end of the year.

These portfolios are carried out in separate broker accounts for our subscribers to follow.  We count all the commissions and don’t hide any of the trades (like many newsletters do).  Don’t you think you owe it to yourself to learn how we have done it and how you can do it on your own?

Lowest Subscription Price Ever:  As a back-to-school special, we are offering the lowest subscription price that we have ever offered – our full package, including all the free reports, my White Paper, which explains my favorite option strategies in detail, and shows you exactly how to carry them out on your own, a 14-day options tutorial program which will give you a solid background on option trading, and two months of our weekly newsletter full of tradable option ideas.  All this for a one-time fee of $39.95, less than half the cost of the White Paper alone ($79.95).

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Happy trading.

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Facebook (FB) Is Set To Resume Higher After The Price Correction

Monday, September 4th, 2017

This week we are discussing a well-known company that is listed on the Investor’s Business Daily (IBD) Top 50 List.  In one of our portfolio’s, we screen this list to identify trending stocks to place spreads that profit if the stock continues higher.  Actually, the stock can even decline a little to realize the maximum gain.

Terry’s Tips carries out 10 different portfolios for paying subscribers.  Each portfolio is set up in an actual broker account and all results include full commissions.  Last week was an unusually good one for these portfolios – every one of them made gains, and the average composite gain was a whopping 8.9%.  So far in 2017, these portfolios have picked up an average of 67.8%.  How sweet it is.

Terry

Facebook (FB) Is Set To Resume Higher After The Price Correction

Several analysts believe there is further upside ahead for Facebook, here are two of them – Why Facebook Inc (FB) Stock Can Still Run Much Higher and Flagging Facebook Inc (FB) Stock for a Bullish Breakout.

The second article identifies a bull flag pattern which offers a technical signal for a bullish continuation.  Alternatively, the price action that takes place from around the end of July to late September can be viewed as a pennant.  Both patterns signal the same thing which is a continuation of the bullish trend.

Continuation patterns tend to be respected by technical traders, especially when it follows a strong uptrend which has been the case with Facebook.

FB Chart September 2017

FB Chart September 2017

*source Tradingview.com

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

Buy To Open FB 20Oct17 165 Puts (FB171020P165)
Sell To Open FB 20Oct17 170 Puts (FB171020P170) for a credit of $1.59 (selling a vertical)

This price was $0.02 less than the mid-point of the option spread when FB was trading near $172.  Unless the stock rallies quickly from here, you should be able to get close to this amount.

If you use our favorite broker for this trade, tastyworks, your commission on this trade will only be $1 per opening contract ($2 per spread) (and there is no commission on closing trades, only the $.10 clearing fee).  Each contract would then yield $157 and your broker would charge a $500 maintenance fee, making your investment $343 ($500 – $157).  If FB closes at any price above $170 on October 20, 2017, both options would expire worthless, and your return on the spread would be 46% (340% annualized).

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

IBD Underlying Updates September 1, 2017

IBD Underlying Updates September 1, 2017

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

Is Applied Materials (AMAT) Ready to Accelerate Higher?

Monday, August 28th, 2017

This week we are featuring a company listed on the Investor’s Business Daily (IBD) Top 50 List.  We use this list in one of our portfolios to target outperforming stocks and look to place options spreads that take advantage of the underlying trend..

You might be interested to know that Terry’s Tips carries out 10 actual options portfolios for paying subscribers to follow if they wish.  This week was a typical one for us.  The market (SPY) rose 0.8% while our composite portfolio average gained 2.8%.  So far for the year, our composite average has gained 54% (after commissions).

Terry

Is Applied Materials (AMAT) Ready to Accelerate Higher?

Several analysts have recently refreshed their bullish outlook towards Applied Materials and have raised price targets.  These articles provide more details Applied Materials Gets Several Price-Target Hikes on Earnings and Applied Materials Targets Surge On Upbeat Memory Chip, Display Markets.

From a technical perspective, AMAT has been consolidating within a range since around May with buyer’s holding the stock well above the $40.00 price point.  Buyer’s lifted the price higher about two weeks ago on an approach to the lower bound of the range.  While a horizontal level at $43.06 initially acted as resistance in the turn, the level held several declines in the past week.  AMAT shows a strong bullish trend on a weekly chart dating back to early 2016, and like several of the IBD Top 50 stocks, has been an outperformer within its sector.

AMAT Chart August 2017

AMAT Chart August 2017

*source Tradingview.com

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

Buy To Open AMAT 29Sep17 42.5 Puts (AMAT170929P425)
Sell To Open AMAT 29Sep17 43 Puts (AMAT1700929P430) for a credit of $0.17 (selling a vertical)

This price was $0.02 less than the mid-point of the option spread when AMAT was trading near $43.  Unless the stock rallies quickly from here, you should be able to get close to this amount.

If you use our favorite broker for this trade, tastyworks, your commission on this trade will only be $1 per opening contract ($2 per spread) (and there is no commission on closing trades, only the $.10 clearing fee).  Each contract would then yield $15 and your broker would charge a $50 maintenance fee, making your investment $35 ($50 – $15).  If AMAT closes at any price above $43 on September 29, 2017, both options would expire worthless, and your return on the spread would be 43% (446% annualized).

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

IBD Underlying Updates August 25, 2017

IBD Underlying Updates August 25, 2017

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

Is YY Inc (YY) A Bargain Above $70?

Sunday, August 20th, 2017

This week we are featuring another company listed on the Investor’s Business Daily (IBD) Top 50 List.  In one of our portfolio’s, we use this list to identify stocks that have displayed strong upside momentum and look to place options spreads to take advantage of the trend.

Terry

Is YY Inc (YY) A Bargain Above $70?

Several analysts have recently upgraded their outlook on YY stock.  These two banks have raised their price target to $100, suggesting a potential upside of 35%.  YY’s Buy Rating Reaffirmed at Deutsche bank AG and YY Inc. (YY) PT Raised to $100.00

YY stock recently corrected lower and horizontal support at $72.50 has held it higher on a weekly basis.  The level originates from a weekly chart and had held the stock lower on an attempt in 2015 and 2016.  A secondary level at $70.69 had acted as both support and resistance in late July.  It came into play last week to hold the stock higher on several attempts in the second half of the week.

YY Chart August 2017

YY Chart August 2017

*source Tradingview.com

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

Buy To Open YY 15Sep17 70 Puts (YY170815P70)
Sell To Open YY 15Sep17 75 Puts (YY170815P75) for a credit of $2.18 (selling a vertical)

This price was $0.02 less than the mid-point of the option spread when YY was trading near $74.  Unless the stock rallies quickly from here, you should be able to get close to this amount.

If you use our favorite broker for this trade, tastyworks, your commission on this trade will only be $1 per opening contract ($2 per spread) (and there is no commission on closing trades, only the $.10 clearing fee).  Each contract would then yield $216 and your broker would charge a $500 maintenance fee, making your investment $284 ($500 – $216).  If YY closes at any price above $75 on August 15, 2017, both options would expire worthless, and your return on the spread would be 76% (989% annualized).

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

IBD Underlying Updates August 18, 2017

IBD Underlying Updates August 18, 2017

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

Cognex (CGNX) Is Set to Make New Records

Monday, August 14th, 2017

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

Terry

Cognex (CGNX) Is Set to Make New Records

Cognex reported earnings at the start of the month which led to a rally above a significant technical hurdle.  Cowen has since raised price targets to $135 and Zack’s equity research has written a compelling article outlining why they expect further upside in addition to rating the stock as a Strong Buy.

CGNX rallied to a record high after earnings, taking out a notable barrier from a horizontal level at $96.06 as well as the psychological $100.00 price point.  The horizontal level had previously held the stock lower on several attempts since early June.

The stock price has since corrected lower and over the past week the $100.00 level has held buyers to lift the price higher.  In the event the psychological level does not hold, support at $96.06 carries confluence with the 20-day moving average and a rising trendline that originates from a low posted in early July.

CGNX Chart August 2017

CGNX Chart August 2017

*source Tradingview.com

If you concur that Cognex has some further upside potential, consider this trade which is a bet that the stock will continue to advance, or at least not decline very much over the next five weeks.

Buy To Open CGNX 15SEP17 95 Puts (CGNX170915P140)
Sell To Open CGNX 15SEP17 100 Puts (CGNX170915P145) for a credit of $1.43 (selling a vertical)

This price was $0.02 less than the mid-point of the option spread when CGNX was trading near $101.  Unless the stock rallies quickly from here, you should be able to get close to this amount.

If you use our favorite broker for this trade, tastyworks, your commission on this trade will only be $1 per opening contract ($2 per spread) (and there is no commission on closing trades, only the $.10 clearing fee).  Each contract would then yield $141 and your broker would charge a $500 maintenance fee, making your investment $359 ($500 – $141).  If CGNX closes at any price above $100 on September 15, 2017, both options would expire worthless, and your return on the spread would be 39% (408% annualized).

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

IBD Underlying Updates August 11, 2017

IBD Underlying Updates August 11, 2017

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

Global Payments (GPN) Poised to Break $100 Mark

Tuesday, August 8th, 2017

This week we are discussing a new addition to the Investor’s Business Daily (IBD) Top 50 List.  We use this list in one of our portfolios to identify stocks that have displayed strong upward momentum and place spreads to profit from the underlying trend.  Actually, the stock price can even fall a little bit for the maximum gain to be realized.

Terry

Global Payments (GPN) Poised to Break $100 Mark

Several analysts have recently refreshed their bullish targets for GPN.  Here are two of them – Wells Fargo Upgrades Global Payments (GPN) to Outperform and Global Payments price target raised to $105 from $98 at Barclays.

GPN boasts a strong uptrend and has recently broken above major resistance at $93.31 after correcting lower for five weeks.  The stock has regained its 20-day moving average following a turn higher in the second week of July and broke to all-time highs on Friday.

GPN Chart August 2017

GPN Chart August 2017

*source Tradingview.com

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

Buy To Open GPN 15SEP17 90 Puts (GPN170915P90)
Sell To Open GPN 15SEP17 95 Puts (GPN170915P95) for a credit of $1.00 (selling a vertical)

This price was $0.02 less than the mid-point of the option spread when GPN was trading near $98.  Unless the stock rallies quickly from here, you should be able to get close to this amount.

If you use our favorite broker for this trade, tastyworks, your commission on this trade will only be $1 per opening contract ($2 per spread) (and there is no commission on closing trades, only the $.10 clearing fee).  Each contract would then yield $98 and your broker would charge a $500 maintenance fee, making your investment $402 ($500 – $98).  If GPN closes at any price above $95 on September 15, 2017, both options would expire worthless, and your return on the spread would be 24% (211% annualized).

If you think there’s further upside ahead for Global Payments, consider this trade which is a bet that the stock will continue to advance.

Buy To Open GPN 15SEP17 95 Puts (GPN170915P95)
Sell To Open GPN 15SEP17 100 Puts (GPN170915P100) for a credit of $2.33 (selling a vertical)

This price was $0.02 less than the mid-point of the option spread when GPN was trading near $98 at the close yesterday.  Unless the stock rallies quickly from here, you should be able to get close to this amount.

If you use tastyworks, your commission on this trade, each contract would then yield $231 and your broker would charge a $500 maintenance fee, making your investment $269 ($500 – $231).  If GPN closes at any price above $100 on September 15, 2017, both options would expire worthless, and your return on the spread would be 86% (744% annualized).

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

IBD Underlying Updates August 4, 2017

IBD Underlying Updates August 4, 2017

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

Transunion (TRU): A Stable and Consistent Player

Monday, July 31st, 2017

This week we are discussing another one of the Investor’s Business Daily (IBD) Top 50 List companies.  We use this list in one of our portfolio’s to find stocks that have displayed consistent upwards momentum and we look to place spreads that take advantage of this underlying strength.

Terry

Transunion (TRU): A Stable and Consistent Player

Several analysts have recently refreshed their bullish outlook towards Transunion.  UBS Asset Management has increased their stake in the company and both Morgan Stanley as well as Deutsche Bank have raised their price targets to $50.

Transunion has been trading higher within a rising trend channel since the middle of February.  After testing the lower line of the trend channel in the past week, the stock recovered to hit a fresh 52-week high.  The $44.45 level held the stock price lower for a month prior to finally breaking above it earlier this month.  The level is now viewed as support and its proximity to the 20-day moving average as well as the channel bottom emphasizes the area as strong support.

 

TRU Chart July 2017

TRU Chart July 2017

*source Tradingview.com

If you concur that there’s further upside ahead for Transunion, consider this trade which is a bet that the stock will continue to advance, at least a little.

Buy To Open TRU 15SEP17 45 Puts (TRU170915P45)
Sell To Open TRU 15SEP17 46 Puts (TRU170915P46) for a credit of $0.46 (selling a vertical)

This price was $0.02 less than the mid-point of the option spread when TRU was trading just above  $45.  Unless the stock rallies quickly from here, you should be able to get close to this amount.

If you use our favorite broker for this trade, tastyworks, your commission on this trade will only be $1 per opening contract ($2 per spread) (and there is no commission on closing trades, only the $.10 clearing fee).  Each contract would then yield $44 and your broker would charge a $100 maintenance fee, making your investment $56 ($100 – $44).  If TRU closes at any price above $46 on September 15, 2017, both options would expire worthless, and your return on the spread would be 78% (624% annualized).

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

IBD Underlying Updates July 31, 2017

IBD Underlying Updates July 31, 2017

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.  The Terry’s Tips portfolio which places spreads like the above one has gained 114.7% so far in 2017 in spite of incurring some losses on some of the spreads placed.  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

Macom Tech Solutions (MTSI) Surges to All-Time High, What’s Next?

Monday, July 24th, 2017

This week we are featuring a company listed on the Investor’s Business Daily (IBD) Top 50 List that broke to an all-time high in the past week.  In one of our portfolio’s, we use the IBD Top 50 List to find stocks that show strong upward momentum and place spreads which will profit if the upward momentum continues.  Actually, the stock can even fall a little for the maximum gain to be realized on these spreads.

Terry

Macom Tech Solutions (MTSI) Surges to All-Time High, What’s Next?

Macom Technology Solutions had its price target recently raised by Needham & Company and several firms have added to already sizeable positions.  Here are two of them-  First Trust Advisors LP Increases Stake in Macom Technology Solutions Holdings and FMR LLC Boosts Position in Macom Technology Solutions Holdings.

MTSI has been in an uptrend since late 2012 and broke to an all-time high in the past week.  The technical break followed an 8-week consolidation below a horizontal resistance level at $61.25 which is now viewed as strong support.  MTSI surged above the level on Thursday and held near its highs into the weekly close to offer confirmation of a sustained bullish break.

MTSI Chart July 2017

MTSI Chart July 2017

*source Tradingview.com

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

Buy To Open MTSI 18Aug17 55 Puts (MTSI170818P55)
Sell To Open MTSI 18Aug17 60 Puts (MTSI170818P60) for a credit of $1.18 (selling a vertical)

This price was $0.02 less than the mid-point of the option spread when MTSI was trading near $63.  Unless the stock rallies quickly from here, you should be able to get close to this amount.

If you use our favorite broker for this trade, tastyworks, your commission on this trade will only be $1 per opening contract ($2 per spread) (and there is no commission on closing trades, only the $.10 clearing fee).  Each contract would then yield $116 and your broker would charge a $500 maintenance fee, making your investment $384 ($500 – $116).  If MTSI closes at any price above $60 on August 18, 2017, both options would expire worthless, and your return on the spread would be 30% (395% annualized).

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

IBD Underlying Updates July 21, 2017

IBD Underlying Updates July 21, 2017

IBD Underlying Updates July 21, 2017

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.  The Terry’s Tips portfolio which places spreads like the above one has gained 113.5% so far in 2017 in spite of incurring some losses on some of the spreads placed.  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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