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Ford Motor (NYSE: F) has been identified by InvestorsObserver analysts as being well-positioned for a new covered call today. Buying the stock for $17.18 while selling the March $17.00 call will produce a new covered call with a break-even point around $15.93. At that price, this position has a target return of 6.7 %. This trade will have roughly 7.3 % downside protection, while still aiming for a 6.7 % return in 158 days. It will lock in that return as long as Ford Motor is above $17.00 on 3/22/2014. For comparison purposes only, this F covered call aims for an annualized return rate of 15.5 %.

NPS Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: NPSP) has been selected by InvestorsObserver analysts as a stock that is an ideal candidate for a new covered call today. Buying the stock for $28.98 while simultaneously selling the November $26.00 call will result in a new position with a target return of 6.6 %. Based on recent prices, this position will cost about $24.38, which is also the trade’s breakeven point. At that level, this covered call has 15.9 % downside protection, while still providing a 6.6 % return in 32 days as long as NPSP is above $26.00 on 11/16/2013. For comparison purposes only, this NPS Pharmaceuticals covered call aims for an annualized return rate of 75.7 %.

Qualcomm (NASDAQ: QCOM) has been selected by InvestorsObserver analysts as a stock that is an ideal candidate for a new covered call today. Buying the stock for $67.75 while simultaneously selling the January $67.50 call will result in a new position with a target return of 4.3 %. Based on recent prices, this position will cost about $64.70, which is also the trade’s breakeven point. At that level, this covered call has 4.5 % downside protection, while still providing a 4.3 % return in 95 days as long as QCOM is above $67.50 on 1/18/2014. For comparison purposes only, this Qualcomm covered call aims for an annualized return rate of 16.6 %.

Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) has been chosen by InvestorsObserver analysts as a candidate for a new covered call today. Selling the November $24.00 call while at the same time buying DAL stock for $24.11 will produce a new covered call with a target return of 4.3 %. Based on recent data, this trade will cost about $23.00, which is also the covered call’s breakeven point. At that price, this covered call has 4.6 % downside protection, while seeking an assigned return of 4.3 % return in 32 days. If DAL is higher than $24.00 on 11/16/2013, we are assured that simple return. For comparison purposes only, that equates to an annualized return rate of 49.5 %.

Union Pacific (NYSE: UNP) has been selected by InvestorsObserver analysts as a stock that is a strong candidate for a new covered call today. Selling the January $160.00 call while simultaneously buying UNP stock for $157.26 will result in a new position with a break-even point around $152.61. At that price, this position has a target return of 4.8 %. This trade has 3.0 % downside protection, while still providing a 4.8 % return in 95 days as long as UNP is above $160.00 on 1/18/2014. For comparison purposes only, this Union Pacific covered call targets an annualized return rate of 18.6 %.

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