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Gilead Sciences (NASDAQ: GILD) has been selected by InvestorsObserver analysts as a stock that is an ideal candidate for a new covered call today. Buying the stock for $74.75 while simultaneously selling the May $72.50 call will result in a new position with a target return of 6.6 %. Based on recent prices, this position will cost about $68.00, which is also the trade’s breakeven point. At that level, this covered call has 9.0 % downside protection, while still providing a 6.6 % return in 149 days as long as GILD is above $72.50 on 5/18/2013. For comparison purposes only, this Gilead Sciences covered call aims for an annualized return rate of 16.2 %.

United Technologies (NYSE: UTX) has been identified by InvestorsObserver analysts as being well-positioned for a new covered call today. Buying the stock for $83.03 while selling the May $82.50 call will produce a new covered call with a break-even point around $78.78. At that price, this position has a target return of 4.7 %. This trade will have roughly 5.1 % downside protection, while still aiming for a 4.7 % return in 149 days. It will lock in that return as long as United Technologies is above $82.50 on 5/18/2013. For comparison purposes only, this UTX covered call aims for an annualized return rate of 11.6 %.

Schwab (NYSE: SCHW) has been chosen by InvestorsObserver analysts as a candidate for a new covered call today. Selling the June $14.00 call while at the same time buying SCHW stock for $14.47 will produce a new covered call with a target return of 5.9 %. Based on recent data, this trade will cost about $13.22, which is also the covered call’s breakeven point. At that price, this covered call has 8.6 % downside protection, while seeking an assigned return of 5.9 % return in 184 days. If SCHW is higher than $14.00 on 6/22/2013, we are assured that simple return. For comparison purposes only, that equates to an annualized return rate of 11.7 %.

Riverbed Technology (NASDAQ: RVBD) has been selected by InvestorsObserver analysts as a stock that is a strong candidate for a new covered call today. Selling the March $19.00 call while simultaneously buying RVBD stock for $19.76 will result in a new position with a break-even point around $17.35. At that price, this position has a target return of 9.5 %. This trade has 12.2 % downside protection, while still providing a 9.5 % return in 86 days as long as RVBD is above $19.00 on 3/16/2013. For comparison purposes only, this Riverbed Technology covered call targets an annualized return rate of 40.4 %.

Tractor Supply (NASDAQ: TSCO) has been selected by InvestorsObserver analysts as a stock that is a strong candidate for a new covered call today. Selling the April $85.00 call while simultaneously buying TSCO stock for $88.83 will result in a new position with a break-even point around $80.43. At that price, this position has a target return of 5.7 %. This trade has 9.5 % downside protection, while still providing a 5.7 % return in 121 days as long as TSCO is above $85.00 on 4/20/2013. For comparison purposes only, this Tractor Supply covered call targets an annualized return rate of 17.1 %.

 

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