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.
Kirkland Lake Gold (KL) Follows Gold Prices Higher
Kirkland Lake Gold has been an outperformer among the IBD Top 50 companies, gaining from strength in the price of Gold. Take a look at this article which speculates a significant upside based on a technical outlook – Kirkland Lake Gold Is Shining Bright on the Charts and this following article which discusses the performance of KL as well as other stocks and ETF’s within the same sector – Gold Mining Crushing the Market: Best ETFs & Stocks of Q4.
KL has made a clear break higher this month to trade at record highs. The company stands out when compared to other IBD Top 50 stocks as it is the only one to make a decisive break higher. The main appeal to KL is the recent acceleration in upside momentum which is evident on nearly every time frame. Horizontal support is found near $23 as the level held the stock lower over the summer, however, considering the bullish momentum, investors may look to step in ahead of the level.
If you agree there’s further upside ahead for KL, 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 KL 15FEB19 22.5 Puts (KL190215P22.5)
Sell To Open KL 15FEB19 25 Puts (KL190215P25) for a credit of $.93 (selling a vertical)
This price was $0.02 less than the mid-point of the option spread when KL was trading near $25. 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 $90.50 and your broker would charge a $250 maintenance fee, making your investment $159.50 ($250 – $90.50). If KL closes at any price above $25 on February 15, both options would expire worthless, and your return on the spread would be 57% (452% 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.