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United Parcel Service (NYSE: UPS) has been selected by InvestorsObserver analysts as a stock that is an ideal candidate for a new covered call today. Buying the stock for $73.76 while simultaneously selling the April $75.00 call will result in a new position with a target return of 5.2 %. Based on recent prices, this position will cost about $71.31, which is also the trade’s breakeven point. At that level, this covered call has 3.3 % downside protection, while still providing a 5.2 % return in 193 days as long as UPS is above $75.00 on 4/20/2013. For comparison purposes only, this United Parcel Service covered call aims for an annualized return rate of 9.8 %.

Tempur-Pedic (NYSE: TPX) has been selected by InvestorsObserver analysts as a stock that is an ideal candidate for a new covered call today. Buying the stock for $34.11 while simultaneously selling the November $34.00 call will result in a new position with a target return of 8.9 %. Based on recent prices, this position will cost about $31.21, which is also the trade’s breakeven point. At that level, this covered call has 8.5 % downside protection, while still providing a 8.9 % return in 39 days as long as TPX is above $34.00 on 11/17/2012. For comparison purposes only, this Tempur-Pedic covered call aims for an annualized return rate of 83.6 %.

 

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Questcor Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: QCOR) has been chosen by InvestorsObserver analysts as a candidate for a new covered call today. Selling the November $20.00 call while at the same time buying QCOR stock for $20.29 will produce a new covered call with a target return of 12.1 %. Based on recent data, this trade will cost about $17.84, which is also the covered call’s breakeven point. At that price, this covered call has 12.1 % downside protection, while seeking an assigned return of 12.1 % return in 39 days. If QCOR is higher than $20.00 on 11/17/2012, we are assured that simple return. For comparison purposes only, that equates to an annualized return rate of 113.2 %.

Range Resources (NYSE: RRC) has been selected by InvestorsObserver analysts as a stock that is a strong candidate for a new covered call today. Selling the November $70.00 call while simultaneously buying RRC stock for $70.23 will result in a new position with a break-even point around $66.73. At that price, this position has a target return of 4.9 %. This trade has 5.0 % downside protection, while still providing a 4.9 % return in 39 days as long as RRC is above $70.00 on 11/17/2012. For comparison purposes only, this Range Resources covered call targets an annualized return rate of 45.9 %.

Occidental Petroleum (NYSE: OXY) has been identified by InvestorsObserver analysts as being well-positioned for a new covered call today. Buying the stock for $84.20 while selling the January $82.50 call will produce a new covered call with a break-even point around $78.70. At that price, this position has a target return of 4.8 %. This trade will have roughly 6.5 % downside protection, while still aiming for a 4.8 % return in 102 days. It will lock in that return as long as Occidental Petroleum is above $82.50 on 1/19/2013. For comparison purposes only, this OXY covered call aims for an annualized return rate of 17.2 %.

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