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.
Consider Adobe (ADBE) Following Its Q2 Earnings Beat
Adobe soared to record highs after its recent earnings beat and several analysts expect that the momentum will continue. Here are two of them – 3 Stocks to Buy and Hold for Decades and Adobe Is a Buy Despite High Valuation.
Adobe has broken above two important horizontal levels in June. The first price point at $270 is derived from a monthly chart and marks resistance that held the stock lower in 2018. So far, the stock has managed to hold above it, on a monthly basis, for three months now. The second level falls at $286 and marks a horizontal level that has acted as both support and resistance. With the 20-day moving average converging towards the level, this is an area that is likely to hold some buyers.
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, at least a little bit.
Buy To Open ADBE 2AUG19 292.5 Puts (ADBE19082P292.5)
Sell To Open ADBE 2AUG19 295 Puts (ADBE19082P295) for a credit of $1.10 (selling a vertical)
This price was $0.02 less than the mid-point of the option spread when ADBE was trading near $295. 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 $107.50 and your broker would charge a $250 maintenance fee, making your investment $142.50 ($250 – $107.50). If ADBE closes at any price above $295 on August 2, 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:
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.