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.
Can Lululemon Athletica (LULU) Continue the Earnings Driven Momentum?
LULU broke to record highs after their recent earnings announcement. Several analysts think the stock will continue to climb, here are two of them – UBS Group Raises Lululemon Athletica Price Target to $186 and Best Stocks for 2019: Lululemon Stock Looks Ready for More Growth.
From a technical perspective, LULU looks well supported. The first level is seen near $178 which marks a prior resistance level that held it lower in April and early May. Further support comes from the 50-day moving average, found just below the horizontal level. LULU has been trading within a rising trend channel since late December. The lower bound of this channel offers further support, although at this time it doesn’t seem likely that the stock will try and retest it.
If you agree there’s further upside ahead for LULU, 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 LULU 26JUL19 177.5 Puts (LULU190726P177.5)
Sell To Open LULU 26JUL19 180 Puts (LULU190726P180) for a credit of $0.98 (selling a vertical)
This price was $0.02 less than the mid-point of the option spread when LULU was trading near $182. Unless the stock rallies quickly from here, you should be able to get close to this amount.
Your commission on this trade will only be $2.50 per spread (the rate charged by thinkorswim for Terry’s Tips’ subscribers). Each contract would then yield $95.50 and your broker would charge a $250 maintenance fee, making your investment $154.50 ($250 – $95.50). If LULU closes at any price above $180 on July 26, both options would expire worthless, and your return on the spread would be 62% (707% 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.
As with all investments, you should only make option trades with money that you can truly afford to lose.