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The Trade Desk (TTD) Has Doubled in Value YTD

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.


The Trade Desk (TTD) Has Doubled in Value YTD

TTD has had an impressing rally in the year thus far, and these two analysts think it can continue the upward moment – Better Than an Ultra-Growth Stock? – The Trade Desk and The Trade Desk Could be the Investment of a Lifetime

The stock price just broke to record highs in the past week after breaking above a prior top set in early May. So far, the breakout point at $232.70 has held the upside. In the event the stock falls through, further support is at the 20-day moving average. What makes this stock so attractive is the upward momentum as well as it outperformance to the rest of the market. Looking at the gain for June alone, the stock is up just over 22% versus about a 5% gain for SPY.

TTD Chart June 2019 Vertical Spread

TTD Chart June 2019

If you agree there’s further upside ahead for TTD, 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 TTD 02AUG19 240 Puts (TTD190802P240)
Sell To Open TTD 02AUG19 245 Puts (TTD190802P245) for a credit of $2.28 (selling a vertical)

This price was $0.02 less than the mid-point of the option spread when TTD was trading near $245.  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 $225.50 and your broker would charge a $500 maintenance fee, making your investment $274.50 ($500 – $225.50).  If TTD closes at any price above $245 on August 02, both options would expire worthless, and your return on the spread would be 82% (935% annualized).

Changes to Investor’s Business Daily (IBD) Top 50 This Week:

IBD Underlying Updates June 15, 2019 Terry's Tips

IBD Underlying Updates June 15, 2019

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.

Happy trading,


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