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Halliburton (NYSE: HAL) has been selected by InvestorsObserver analysts as a stock that is a strong candidate for a new covered call today. Selling the July $43.00 call while simultaneously buying HAL stock for $43.32 will result in a new position with a break-even point around $40.34. At that price, this position has a target return of 6.6 %. This trade has 6.9 % downside protection, while still providing a 6.6 % return in 155 days as long as HAL is above $43.00 on 7/20/2013. For comparison purposes only, this Halliburton covered call targets an annualized return rate of 15.5 %.

VMware (NYSE: VMW) has been chosen by InvestorsObserver analysts as a candidate for a new covered call today. Selling the April $72.50 call while at the same time buying VMW stock for $73.38 will produce a new covered call with a target return of 5.1 %. Based on recent data, this trade will cost about $68.98, which is also the covered call’s breakeven point. At that price, this covered call has 6.0 % downside protection, while seeking an assigned return of 5.1 % return in 64 days. If VMW is higher than $72.50 on 4/20/2013, we are assured that simple return. For comparison purposes only, that equates to an annualized return rate of 29.1 %.

Lorillard (NYSE: LO) has been selected by InvestorsObserver analysts as a stock that is an ideal candidate for a new covered call today. Buying the stock for $40.78 while simultaneously selling the June $40.00 call will result in a new position with a target return of 4.0 %. Based on recent prices, this position will cost about $38.48, which is also the trade’s breakeven point. At that level, this covered call has 5.6 % downside protection, while still providing a 4.0 % return in 127 days as long as LO is above $40.00 on 6/22/2013. For comparison purposes only, this Lorillard covered call aims for an annualized return rate of 11.4 %.

Activision (NASDAQ: ATVI) has been identified by InvestorsObserver analysts as being well-positioned for a new covered call today. Buying the stock for $14.00 while selling the September $14.00 call will produce a new covered call with a break-even point around $12.96. At that price, this position has a target return of 8.0 %. This trade will have roughly 7.4 % downside protection, while still aiming for a 8.0 % return in 218 days. It will lock in that return as long as Activision is above $14.00 on 9/21/2013. For comparison purposes only, this ATVI covered call aims for an annualized return rate of 13.4 %.

CareFusion (NYSE: CFN) has been selected by InvestorsObserver analysts as a stock that is a strong candidate for a new covered call today. Selling the June $33.00 call while simultaneously buying CFN stock for $32.74 will result in a new position with a break-even point around $31.44. At that price, this position has a target return of 5.0 %. This trade has 4.0 % downside protection, while still providing a 5.0 % return in 127 days as long as CFN is above $33.00 on 6/22/2013. For comparison purposes only, this CareFusion covered call targets an annualized return rate of 14.3 %.

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