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SINA com (NASDAQ: SINA) has been selected by InvestorsObserver analysts as a stock that is an ideal candidate for a new covered call today. Buying the stock for $45.33 while simultaneously selling the January $45.00 call will result in a new position with a target return of 5.8 %. Based on recent prices, this position will cost about $42.52, which is also the trade’s breakeven point. At that level, this covered call has 6.2 % downside protection, while still providing a 5.8 % return in 33 days as long as SINA is above $45.00 on 1/19/2013. For comparison purposes only, this SINA com covered call aims for an annualized return rate of 64.5 %.

Valero Energy (NYSE: VLO) has been chosen by InvestorsObserver analysts as a candidate for a new covered call today. Selling the March $33.00 call while at the same time buying VLO stock for $33.37 will produce a new covered call with a target return of 6.5 %. Based on recent data, this trade will cost about $31.00, which is also the covered call’s breakeven point. At that price, this covered call has 7.1 % downside protection, while seeking an assigned return of 6.5 % return in 89 days. If VLO is higher than $33.00 on 3/16/2013, we are assured that simple return. For comparison purposes only, that equates to an annualized return rate of 26.5 %.

Nucor (NYSE: NUE) has been identified by InvestorsObserver analysts as being well-positioned for a new covered call today. Buying the stock for $42.28 while selling the April $42.00 call will produce a new covered call with a break-even point around $40.06. At that price, this position has a target return of 4.8 %. This trade will have roughly 5.3 % downside protection, while still aiming for a 4.8 % return in 124 days. It will lock in that return as long as Nucor is above $42.00 on 4/20/2013. For comparison purposes only, this NUE covered call aims for an annualized return rate of 14.2 %.

Rackspace Hosting (NYSE: RAX) has been selected by InvestorsObserver analysts as a stock that is a strong candidate for a new covered call today. Selling the March $65.00 call while simultaneously buying RAX stock for $68.73 will result in a new position with a break-even point around $61.83. At that price, this position has a target return of 5.1 %. This trade has 10.0 % downside protection, while still providing a 5.1 % return in 89 days as long as RAX is above $65.00 on 3/16/2013. For comparison purposes only, this Rackspace Hosting covered call targets an annualized return rate of 21.0 %.

Ctrip.com (NASDAQ: CTRP) has been selected by InvestorsObserver analysts as a stock that is an ideal candidate for a new covered call today. Buying the stock for $21.15 while simultaneously selling the January $21.00 call will result in a new position with a target return of 5.5 %. Based on recent prices, this position will cost about $19.90, which is also the trade’s breakeven point. At that level, this covered call has 5.9 % downside protection, while still providing a 5.5 % return in 33 days as long as CTRP is above $21.00 on 1/19/2013. For comparison purposes only, this Ctrip.com covered call aims for an annualized return rate of 61.1 %.

 

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