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Cruising for Profits with Carnival (CCL)

Few industries were hit as hard during the pandemic as cruise lines. But, after bottoming out more than a year ago, CCL has more than tripled in value.  And although its latest earnings report showed the company absorbing a loss, booking volumes were 90% higher than the previous quarter. That, along with accelerating vaccinations and anticipation of strong demand this summer, brought a slew of analyst target price increases.

The shares have pulled back from their 2021 high following earnings, unable to break through triple-top resistance in the 30-31 area. The retreat has nearly reached the ascending 50-day moving average, which sits at the 27 level. The 50-day provided support to previous pullbacks in February and March. With the fundamentals turning favorable, look for support to hold to keep the uptrend intact.

CCL Chart April 2021 - Tripple Value

CCL Chart April 2021

If you agree that CCL will continue its uptrend, consider the following trade that relies on the stock remaining above $26 through expiration in six weeks.

Buy to Open CCL 28May21 24 Put (CCL210528P24)
Sell to Open CCL 28May21 26 Put (CCL210528P26) for a credit of $0.65 (selling a vertical)

This credit is $0.03 less than the mid-point of the option spread when CCL was trading at $27. 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 $66.70. This trade reduces your buying power by $200 and makes your net investment $133.30 ($200 – $66.70).  If CCL closes above $26 on May 28, both options will expire worthless and your return on the spread would be 50% ($67.70 / $133.30).

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

Happy trading,


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