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Citigroup (NYSE: C) has been chosen by InvestorsObserver analysts as a candidate for a new covered call today. Selling the April $42.00 call while at the same time buying C stock for $42.91 will produce a new covered call with a target return of 4.4 %. Based on recent data, this trade will cost about $40.23, which is also the covered call’s breakeven point. At that price, this covered call has 6.2 % downside protection, while seeking an assigned return of 4.4 % return in 82 days. If C is higher than $42.00 on 4/20/2013, we are assured that simple return. For comparison purposes only, that equates to an annualized return rate of 19.5 %.

MetLife (NYSE: MET) has been selected by InvestorsObserver analysts as a stock that is a strong candidate for a new covered call today. Selling the June $37.00 call while simultaneously buying MET stock for $37.65 will result in a new position with a break-even point around $35.18. At that price, this position has a target return of 5.2 %. This trade has 6.6 % downside protection, while still providing a 5.2 % return in 145 days as long as MET is above $37.00 on 6/22/2013. For comparison purposes only, this MetLife covered call targets an annualized return rate of 13.0 %.

VeriSign (NASDAQ: VRSN) has been selected by InvestorsObserver analysts as a stock that is an ideal candidate for a new covered call today. Buying the stock for $42.96 while simultaneously selling the June $42.00 call will result in a new position with a target return of 5.5 %. Based on recent prices, this position will cost about $39.81, which is also the trade’s breakeven point. At that level, this covered call has 7.3 % downside protection, while still providing a 5.5 % return in 145 days as long as VRSN is above $42.00 on 6/22/2013. For comparison purposes only, this VeriSign covered call aims for an annualized return rate of 13.8 %.

Discovery (NASDAQ: DISCA) has been identified by InvestorsObserver analysts as being well-positioned for a new covered call today. Buying the stock for $69.00 while selling the July $70.00 call will produce a new covered call with a break-even point around $65.40. At that price, this position has a target return of 7.0 %. This trade will have roughly 5.2 % downside protection, while still aiming for a 7.0 % return in 173 days. It will lock in that return as long as Discovery is above $70.00 on 7/20/2013. For comparison purposes only, this DISCA covered call aims for an annualized return rate of 14.8 %.

GNC (NYSE: GNC) has been chosen by InvestorsObserver analysts as a candidate for a new covered call today. Selling the March $35.00 call while at the same time buying GNC stock for $35.99 will produce a new covered call with a target return of 4.4 %. Based on recent data, this trade will cost about $33.54, which is also the covered call’s breakeven point. At that price, this covered call has 6.8 % downside protection, while seeking an assigned return of 4.4 % return in 47 days. If GNC is higher than $35.00 on 3/16/2013, we are assured that simple return. For comparison purposes only, that equates to an annualized return rate of 33.8 %.

 

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