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 portfolios to spot outperforming stocks and place spreads that take advantage of the momentum. The Terry’s Tips actual portfolio that executes these trades has gained 26% in the first two weeks of 2018 and is our third-best performing portfolio so far in this new year.
Wingstop (WING) Rallies on Earnings Forecast, Can It Continue the Momentum?
Wingstop shares have already made an impressive gain in the first few weeks of the new year and several analysts believe there is further upside ahead. CNBC has published an article outlining the factors driving the recent rally while Wingstop CEO Charlie Morrison shares his outlook for growth in a video interview with Jim Cramer.
Wingstop stock closed at a record high in the past week after taking out notable horizontal resistance around $43 which was also last year’s high. The horizontal level is now seen as downside support and several retests of the level following the technical break have been met with buyers.
If you agree there’s further upside ahead for Wingstop, consider this trade which is a bet that the stock will continue to advance, or at least not decline very much over the next five weeks.
Buy To Open WING 16Feb18 40 Puts (WING180216P40)
Sell To Open WING 16Feb18 45 Puts (WING180216P45) for a credit of $1.28 (selling a vertical)
This price was $0.02 less than the mid-point of the option spread when WING was trading near $45. Unless the stock rallies quickly from here, you should be able to get close to this amount.
If you use our favorite broker for this trade, tastyworks, your commission on this trade will only be $1 per opening contract ($2 per spread) (and there is no commission on closing trades, only the $.10 clearing fee). Each contract would then yield $126 and your broker would charge a $500 maintenance fee, making your investment $374 ($500 – $126). If WING closes at any price above $45 on February 18, both options would expire worthless, and your return on the spread would be 34% (384% 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.