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Occidental Petroleum (NYSE: OXY) has been selected by InvestorsObserver analysts as a stock that is a strong candidate for a new covered call today. Selling the May $87.50 call while simultaneously buying OXY stock for $87.21 will result in a new position with a break-even point around $83.81. At that price, this position has a target return of 4.4 %. This trade has 3.9 % downside protection, while still providing a 4.4 % return in 95 days as long as OXY is above $87.50 on 5/18/2013. For comparison purposes only, this Occidental Petroleum covered call targets an annualized return rate of 16.9 %.

F5 Networks (NASDAQ: FFIV) has been chosen by InvestorsObserver analysts as a candidate for a new covered call today. Selling the April $100.00 call while at the same time buying FFIV stock for $103.52 will produce a new covered call with a target return of 4.2 %. Based on recent data, this trade will cost about $95.97, which is also the covered call’s breakeven point. At that price, this covered call has 7.3 % downside protection, while seeking an assigned return of 4.2 % return in 67 days. If FFIV is higher than $100.00 on 4/20/2013, we are assured that simple return. For comparison purposes only, that equates to an annualized return rate of 22.8 %.

Western Union (NYSE: WU) has been selected by InvestorsObserver analysts as a stock that is an ideal candidate for a new covered call today. Buying the stock for $14.25 while simultaneously selling the August $14.00 call will result in a new position with a target return of 7.7 %. Based on recent prices, this position will cost about $13.00, which is also the trade’s breakeven point. At that level, this covered call has 8.8 % downside protection, while still providing a 7.7 % return in 186 days as long as WU is above $14.00 on 8/17/2013. For comparison purposes only, this Western Union covered call aims for an annualized return rate of 15.1 %.

CTC Media (NASDAQ: CTCM) has been identified by InvestorsObserver analysts as being well-positioned for a new covered call today. Buying the stock for $9.92 while selling the August $10.00 call will produce a new covered call with a break-even point around $9.17. At that price, this position has a target return of 9.1 %. This trade will have roughly 7.6 % downside protection, while still aiming for a 9.1 % return in 186 days. It will lock in that return as long as CTC Media is above $10.00 on 8/17/2013. For comparison purposes only, this CTCM covered call aims for an annualized return rate of 17.8 %.

Canadian Pacific Railway (NYSE: CP) has been selected by InvestorsObserver analysts as a stock that is a strong candidate for a new covered call today. Selling the June $115.00 call while simultaneously buying CP stock for $115.51 will result in a new position with a break-even point around $109.51. At that price, this position has a target return of 5.0 %. This trade has 5.2 % downside protection, while still providing a 5.0 % return in 130 days as long as CP is above $115.00 on 6/22/2013. For comparison purposes only, this Canadian Pacific Railway covered call targets an annualized return rate of 14.1 %.

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