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.
Is the Earnings Dip in Atlassian Corp (TEAM) A Buy Opportunity?
Atlassian is a well-liked stocked by several analysts, not only because of their business model but also the stock price performance. Look at what these two analysts are saying about the company – Software Stock Could Surge Into February and Analysts Hold Stances On Atlassian Following A ‘Ripper’ Of A Quarter.
TEAM turned higher alongside the broader markets in late December and briefly pierced to record highs following their recent earnings release, however, the stock closed about 10% lower after the report. The price action that follows is particularily important as it suggests that bulls remain well in control. First, the stock failed to make a sustained drop below it’s 20-day moving average. Also a rising trend channel remains intact and buyers defended the lower bound of the channel following the post-earnings dip. Lastly, on a weekly chart, TEAM closed at a weekly high for the year in the past week to further support the view that the earnings dip may have been a buying opportunity as opposed to a sell signal.
If you agree there’s further upside ahead for TEAM, consider this trade which is a bet that the stock will continue to advance over the next seven weeks, or at least not decline very much.
Buy To Open TEAM 15MAR19 90 Puts (TEAM190315P90)
Sell To Open TEAM 15MAR19 95 Puts (TEAM190315P95) for a credit of $1.93 (selling a vertical)
This price was $0.02 less than the mid-point of the option spread when TEAM was trading near $96. 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 $190.50 and your broker would charge a $500 maintenance fee, making your investment $309.50 ($500 – $190.50). If TEAM closes at any price above $95 on March 15, both options would expire worthless, and your return on the spread would be 62% (492% 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.