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Express (NYSE: EXPR) has been selected by InvestorsObserver analysts as a stock that is a strong candidate for a new covered call today. Selling the April $10.00 call while simultaneously buying EXPR stock for $11.84 will result in a new position with a break-even point around $8.99. At that price, this position has a target return of 11.2 %. This trade has 24.1 % downside protection, while still providing a 11.2 % return in 186 days as long as EXPR is above $10.00 on 4/20/2013. For comparison purposes only, this Express covered call targets an annualized return rate of 22.0 %.

Merck (NYSE: MRK) has been identified by InvestorsObserver analysts as being well-positioned for a new covered call today. Buying the stock for $46.59 while selling the April $47.00 call will produce a new covered call with a break-even point around $44.87. At that price, this position has a target return of 4.7 %. This trade will have roughly 3.7 % downside protection, while still aiming for a 4.7 % return in 186 days. It will lock in that return as long as Merck is above $47.00 on 4/20/2013. For comparison purposes only, this MRK covered call aims for an annualized return rate of 9.3 %.

 

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Bristol Myers (NYSE: BMY) has been selected by InvestorsObserver analysts as a stock that is an ideal candidate for a new covered call today. Buying the stock for $33.93 while simultaneously selling the March $34.00 call will result in a new position with a target return of 4.3 %. Based on recent prices, this position will cost about $32.59, which is also the trade’s breakeven point. At that level, this covered call has 3.9 % downside protection, while still providing a 4.3 % return in 151 days as long as BMY is above $34.00 on 3/16/2013. For comparison purposes only, this Bristol Myers covered call aims for an annualized return rate of 10.4 %.

Cablevision Systems (NYSE: CVC) has been selected by InvestorsObserver analysts as a stock that is an ideal candidate for a new covered call today. Buying the stock for $17.73 while simultaneously selling the March $18.00 call will result in a new position with a target return of 8.2 %. Based on recent prices, this position will cost about $16.63, which is also the trade’s breakeven point. At that level, this covered call has 6.2 % downside protection, while still providing a 8.2 % return in 151 days as long as CVC is above $18.00 on 3/16/2013. For comparison purposes only, this Cablevision Systems covered call aims for an annualized return rate of 19.9 %.

Crown Castle International (NYSE: CCI) has been chosen by InvestorsObserver analysts as a candidate for a new covered call today. Selling the April $65.00 call while at the same time buying CCI stock for $67.05 will produce a new covered call with a target return of 5.4 %. Based on recent data, this trade will cost about $61.65, which is also the covered call’s breakeven point. At that price, this covered call has 8.1 % downside protection, while seeking an assigned return of 5.4 % return in 186 days. If CCI is higher than $65.00 on 4/20/2013, we are assured that simple return. For comparison purposes only, that equates to an annualized return rate of 10.7 %.

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