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Danaher (DHR) Earnings Bring Record High

Monday, April 26th, 2021

DHR – a medical diagnostics and research company – reported earnings Thursday morning that blew away estimates. Adjusted earnings came in at $2.52 per share compared with 81 cents a year earlier and the analyst estimate of $1.76. Revenue soared 58% from a year earlier, easily surpassing expectations. The company was bolstered by strength in its core business and by products related to Covid-19 vaccinations, therapeutics and diagnostics. Analysts were clearly impressed, as the company received a slew of target price increases ranging from $270 to $315 (the stock closed Friday at $260).

The earnings news caused DHR to pop more than 6% in two days to hit record highs both days. More importantly, however, this strength propelled the shares above stubborn resistance at the $248 level. This area defined tops in November, January, February and in the week before earnings. With clear sailing ahead and strong fundamentals at its back, DHR should stay above the trading range that dominated its price action for the past six months.

DHR Chart April 2021

DHR Chart April 2021

If you agree that DHR is ready for a new uptrend, consider the following trade that relies on the stock remaining above $250 through expiration in eight weeks.

Buy to Open DHR 18Jun21 240 Put (DHR210618P240)
Sell to Open DHR 18Jun21 250 Put (DHR210618P250) for a credit of $2.00 (selling a vertical)

This credit is $0.02 less than the mid-point of the option spread when DHR was trading at $260. 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 $198.70. This trade reduces your buying power by $1,000 and makes your net investment $801.30 ($1000 – $198.70).  If DHR closes above $250 on June 18, both options will expire worthless and your return on the spread would be 25% ($198.70 / $801.30).

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

Happy trading,

Terry

Adobe (ADBE) Accelerates Uptrend

Monday, April 5th, 2021

On March 23, ADBE reported earnings that easily beat estimates on both revenue and profits. Moreover, the company raised earnings and revenue guidance for the fiscal year. In response, several analysts raised their price targets. Despite the positive news, the stock price was sluggish in the two days following the report. Perhaps that was a response to the 10% rally that began two weeks before earnings.

After those two days, however, the stock resumed its winning ways, gaining ground in four of the next five days. In the process, ADBE crossed above its 50-day and 200-day moving averages. In addition, the 50-day is rolling over into an uptrend for the first time since late October. The stock is now on a 15% rally off the March 8 bottom with no areas of resistance until the 505 level, the site of highs in November, December and January. That leaves room for another 5% of upside.

ADBE Chart April 2021

ADBE Chart April 2021

If you agree that ADBE will stay above its 50-day and 200-day moving averages, consider the following trade that relies on the stock remaining above $475 through expiration in seven weeks.

Buy to Open ADBE 21May21 470 Put (ADBE210521P470)
Sell to Open ADBE 21May21 475 Put (ADBE210521P475) for a credit of $1.90 (selling a vertical)

This credit is $0.02 less than the mid-point of the option spread when ADBE was trading above $483. 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 $188.70. This trade reduces your buying power by $500 and makes your investment $311.30 ($500 – $188.70).  If ADBE closes above $475 on May 21, both options will expire worthless and your return on the spread would be 61% ($188.70 / $311.30).

Your commission on this trade will be only $1.30 per spread.  Each spread would then yield $188.70. This trade reduces your buying power by $500 and makes your investment $311.30 ($500 – $188.70).  If DRI closes above $145 on May 21, both options will expire worthless and your return on the spread would be 61% ($188.70 / $311.30).

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

Happy trading,

Terry

Kohls (KSS) Solid Earnings Keeps Rally Alive

Monday, March 8th, 2021

It wasn’t that long ago that KSS was given up for dead. At the bottom of last year’s plunge in late March, the stock bottomed out below $11. Retail was in trouble. Today, the stock is up five-fold after a blowout earnings report this past week. Earnings more than doubled the analyst estimate. And though revenue declined, the final tally beat estimates as well. And earnings in the year ahead also exceeded analyst expectations.

Despite KSS’s recent performance, the analyst community remains skeptical. While there were several target prices increases, the new prices were not that far from the current price. Moreover, there were no upgrades. Just a third of the covering analysts rate KSS a buy, which is hard to justify given that the stock is up 36% this year alone (SPY is up less than 3%). As analysts eventually warm to the shares, there is plenty of room for future upgrades that could give the stock a boost.

KSS’s chart shows the 20-day moving average as the primary support trendline. In fact, there have been just three daily closes below the 20-day in the past four months. Note that the short strike of our credit spread (red line below) lies below the 20-day, so the stock would have to pierce this support for the spread to move into the money.

KSS Chart March 2021 - Post Earnings Options

KSS Chart March 2021

If you agree KSS’s uptrend will continue, consider the following trade that relies on the stock remaining above $52.50 through expiration in six weeks.

Buy to Open KSS 16Apr21 50 Put (KSS210416P50)
Sell to Open KSS 16Apr21 52.5 Put (KSS210416P52.5) for a credit of $0.85 (selling a vertical)

This credit is $0.02 less than the mid-point of the option spread when KSS was trading at $55.69. 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 $83.70. This reduces your buying power by $250 and makes your investment $166.30 ($250 – $83.70).  If KSS closes above $52.50 on April 16, both options will expire worthless, and your return on the spread would be 50% ($83.70 / $166.30), or 436% annualized.

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

Happy trading,

Terry

Consider Adobe (ADBE) After the Latest Earnings Report

Monday, December 14th, 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.

ADBE has been a regular on the IBD Top 50 list over the past few years and is a favorite among analysts. Check out what the following two reports have to say about it – This Is Adobe’s Must-Hold Support Level if You Buy the Earnings Dip and Adobe (ADBE) Perfectly Positioned for New Highs.

Technicals

Both of the articles linked above discuss a technical outlook for ADBE and for good reason. The stock trades near several moving averages on a daily chart and is also testing support from a rising trendline that originates from a low posted in early November. It’s rare to see such a strong confluence of support lining up in this way and considering the strength this stock has displayed over the years, the odds favor a move to the upside from this point.

ADBE Chart December 2020

ADBE Chart December 2020

If you agree there’s further upside ahead for ADBE, consider this trade which relies on the stock remaining above $475 through the expiration in five weeks.

Buy To Open ADBE 22JAN21 472.5 Puts (ADBE210122P472.5)
Sell To Open ADBE 22JAN21 475 Puts (ADBE210122P475) for a credit of $1.18 (selling a vertical)

This credit is $0.02 less than the mid-point of the option spread when ADBE was trading near $476.  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 $116.70. This reduces your buying power by $250 and makes your investment $133.30 ($250 – $116.70).  If ADBE closes at any price above $475 on January 22, both options will expire worthless, and your return on the spread would be 88% ($116.70 / $133.30), or 1004% annualized.

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

IBD Underlying Updates December 12, 2020

IBD Underlying Updates December 12, 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

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

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

Can ADBE (ABDE) Hold Above the $500 Price Point?

Monday, October 19th, 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.

ADBE has doubled from its March low and the following two articles lay out reasons why the stock may continue to gain. One of them even makes a case that the stock is undervalued at current levels, despite to impressive rally as of late – Adobe’s Stock To Continue Growing? and Adobe (ADBE) Up 6.4% Since Last Earnings Report: Can It Continue?

Technicals

After correcting lower last month, ADBE is starting to once again show signs of upward momentum. The stock has posted a series of higher highs and higher lows over the last four weeks as it oscillates higher in a rising trend channel. Buyers have defended the lower line of the channel as well as dips towards the 20-Day moving average. Further, a break above the $500 level earlier this month is a sign of strength. Strong near-term support is seen in the $492-$500 area.

ADBE Chart October 2020 above $500

ADBE Chart October 2020

If you agree there’s further upside ahead for ADBE, consider this trade which relies on the stock remaining above the $500 level through the expiration in five weeks.

Buy To Open ADBE 20NOV20 495 Puts (ADBE201120P495)
Sell To Open ADBE 20NOV20 500 Puts (ADBE201120P500) for a credit of $2.08 (selling a vertical)

This credit is $0.02 less than the mid-point of the option spread when ADBE was trading near $503.  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 ADBE closes at any price above $500 on November 20, both options will expire worthless, and your return on the spread would be 70% ($206.70 / $293.30), or 798% annualized.

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

IBD Underlying Updates October 17, 2020

IBD Underlying Updates October 17, 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

Should You Buy Amazon (AMZN) Following Its Earnings Report?

Monday, August 10th, 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.

Amazon had a strong quarter and the following two articles outline the earnings report and why the stock may head higher from here – Amazon (AMZN) Q2 Earnings and Revenues Top Estimates and Why Amazon Stock Climbed 14% Last Month.

Technicals

From a technical perspective, AMZN was held lower by a horizontal resistance level near $3250 on the rally that followed the recent earnings report. However, from a broader perspective, the stock has been firmly bid from a rising trendline that originates back to a low posted in March. Considering how long this trendline has been in place, and the long-term trend, the resistance at $3250 does not appear to be a big hurdle and it may only be a matter of time before this stock is trading at fresh all-time highs.

AMZN Chart August 2020 earnings announcment

AMZN Chart August 2020

If you agree there’s further upside ahead for AMZN, 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 AMZN 11SEP20 3160 Puts (AMZN200811P3160)
Sell To Open AMZN 11SEP20 3165 Puts (AMZN200811P3165) for a credit of $2.40 (selling a vertical)

This price was $0.02 less than the mid-point of the option spread when AMZN was trading near $3165.  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 $238.70 and your broker would charge a $500 maintenance fee, making your investment $261.30 ($500 – $238.70).  If AMZN closes at any price above $3165 on September 11, both options would expire worthless, and your return on the spread would be 91% (1038% annualized).

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

IBD Underlying Updates August 8, 2020

IBD Underlying Updates August 8, 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

Should You Buy the Dip in Adobe (ADBE)?

Monday, July 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.

Adobe has been a long-term outperformer and the recent dips could offer an attractive entry point for buyers. Check out what the following two analysts have to say about the stock – Here’s Why Adobe (ADBE) Stock Could be a Solid ‘Buy’ in Today’s Market and Is Adobe Stock A Buy Right Now? Here’s What Earnings, ADBE Chart Show.

Technicals

Adobe has corrected lower in the past week and is seen testing a confluence of support. The support area consists of a horizontal level at $423 that previously acted as support in late June as well as the lower bound of a trend channel that has encompassed price action since April. The earlier downside momentum has already subsided which signals that buyers are defending this area. While above $423, the stock has the potential to continue higher, in line with the trend from the low in March.

ADBE Chart July 2020 buy the dip

ADBE Chart July 2020

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 21AUG20 425 Puts (ADBE200821P425)
Sell To Open ADBE 21AUG20 430 Puts (ADBE200821P430) for a credit of $2.15 (selling a vertical)

This price was $0.02 less than the mid-point of the option spread when ADBE was trading near $432.  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 $213.70 and your broker would charge a $500 maintenance fee, making your investment $286.30 ($500 – $213.70).  If ADBE closes at any price above $430 on August 21, both options would expire worthless, and your return on the spread would be 75% (855% annualized).

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

IBD Underlying Updates July 18, 2020

IBD Underlying Updates July 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

Kroger (KR) Shows Renewed Upward Momentum Following an Earnings-Inspired Dip

Monday, July 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.

Several analysts have positive things to say about Kroger, here are two of them – Kroger: How The COVID-19 Crisis Could Provide Long-Term Tailwinds and Are Investors Undervaluing Kroger (KR) Right Now?

Technicals

Kroger corrected lower in June but the decline was shallow which signals underlying strength. Further, the dip that followed their recent earnings report was promptly bought up and the upward momentum has picked up notably since then. Strong support for the stock is seen at $32.70 as the 20 and 50-day moving averages have converged towards each other at that price point. Kroger has not traded below it’s 50-day moving average on a sustained basis for nearly a year as buyers continue to accumulate this stock near that particular indicator. To the upside, the $34.50 price point might be a near-term hurdle as it was in May, but a break above it would clear the path for a retest of the March high near $37.

KR Chart July 2020

KR Chart July 2020

If you agree there’s further upside ahead for KR, 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 KR 7AUG20 30.5 Puts (KR20087P30.5)
Sell To Open KR 7AUG20 33.5 Puts (KR20087P33.5) for a credit of $0.87 (selling a vertical)

This price was $0.02 less than the mid-point of the option spread when KR was trading at$33.50.  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 $85.70 and your broker would charge a $300 maintenance fee, making your investment $214.30 ($300 – $85.70).  If KR closes at any price above $33.50 on August 7, both options would expire worthless, and your return on the spread would be 40% (456% annualized).

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

IBD Underlying Updates July 4, 2020

IBD Underlying Updates July 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

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