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Las Vegas Sands (NYSE: LVS) has been selected by InvestorsObserver analysts as a stock that is an ideal candidate for a new covered call today. Buying the stock for $52.90 while simultaneously selling the April $52.50 call will result in a new position with a target return of 4.9 %. Based on recent prices, this position will cost about $50.06, which is also the trade’s breakeven point. At that level, this covered call has 5.4 % downside protection, while still providing a 4.9 % return in 60 days as long as LVS is above $52.50 on 4/20/2013. For comparison purposes only, this Las Vegas Sands covered call aims for an annualized return rate of 29.6 %.

Barrick Gold (NYSE: ABX) has been chosen by InvestorsObserver analysts as a candidate for a new covered call today. Selling the July $31.00 call while at the same time buying ABX stock for $31.63 will produce a new covered call with a target return of 6.0 %. Based on recent data, this trade will cost about $29.24, which is also the covered call’s breakeven point. At that price, this covered call has 7.6 % downside protection, while seeking an assigned return of 6.0 % return in 151 days. If ABX is higher than $31.00 on 7/20/2013, we are assured that simple return. For comparison purposes only, that equates to an annualized return rate of 14.5 %.

ENSCO International (NYSE: ESV) has been selected by InvestorsObserver analysts as a stock that is a strong candidate for a new covered call today. Selling the June $62.50 call while simultaneously buying ESV stock for $64.35 will result in a new position with a break-even point around $59.85. At that price, this position has a target return of 4.4 %. This trade has 7.0 % downside protection, while still providing a 4.4 % return in 123 days as long as ESV is above $62.50 on 6/22/2013. For comparison purposes only, this ENSCO International covered call targets an annualized return rate of 13.1 %.

SunTrust Banks (NYSE: STI) has been identified by InvestorsObserver analysts as being well-positioned for a new covered call today. Buying the stock for $28.12 while selling the July $28.00 call will produce a new covered call with a break-even point around $26.24. At that price, this position has a target return of 6.7 %. This trade will have roughly 6.7 % downside protection, while still aiming for a 6.7 % return in 151 days. It will lock in that return as long as SunTrust Banks is above $28.00 on 7/20/2013. For comparison purposes only, this STI covered call aims for an annualized return rate of 16.2 %.

Louisiana Pacific (NYSE: LPX) has been selected by InvestorsObserver analysts as a stock that is an ideal candidate for a new covered call today. Buying the stock for $21.79 while simultaneously selling the May $21.00 call will result in a new position with a target return of 5.8 %. Based on recent prices, this position will cost about $19.84, which is also the trade’s breakeven point. At that level, this covered call has 8.9 % downside protection, while still providing a 5.8 % return in 88 days as long as LPX is above $21.00 on 5/18/2013. For comparison purposes only, this Louisiana Pacific covered call aims for an annualized return rate of 24.2 %.

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