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Goldman Sachs (NYSE: GS) has been selected by InvestorsObserver analysts as a stock that is an ideal candidate for a new covered call today. Buying the stock for $158.65 while simultaneously selling the July $155.00 call will result in a new position with a target return of 4.6 %. Based on recent prices, this position will cost about $148.20, which is also the trade’s breakeven point. At that level, this covered call has 6.6 % downside protection, while still providing a 4.6 % return in 150 days as long as GS is above $155.00 on 7/20/2013. For comparison purposes only, this Goldman Sachs covered call aims for an annualized return rate of 11.1 %.

Target (NYSE: TGT) has been selected by InvestorsObserver analysts as a stock that is a strong candidate for a new covered call today. Selling the July $62.50 call while simultaneously buying TGT stock for $61.87 will result in a new position with a break-even point around $59.63. At that price, this position has a target return of 4.8 %. This trade has 3.6 % downside protection, while still providing a 4.8 % return in 150 days as long as TGT is above $62.50 on 7/20/2013. For comparison purposes only, this Target covered call targets an annualized return rate of 11.7 %.

V F Corp (NYSE: VFC) has been selected by InvestorsObserver analysts as a stock that is a strong candidate for a new covered call today. Selling the August $160.00 call while simultaneously buying VFC stock for $163.38 will result in a new position with a break-even point around $152.28. At that price, this position has a target return of 5.1 %. This trade has 6.8 % downside protection, while still providing a 5.1 % return in 178 days as long as VFC is above $160.00 on 8/17/2013. For comparison purposes only, this V F Corp covered call targets an annualized return rate of 10.4 %.

Franklin Resources (NYSE: BEN) has been identified by InvestorsObserver analysts as being well-positioned for a new covered call today. Buying the stock for $146.08 while selling the July $147.00 call will produce a new covered call with a break-even point around $140.88. At that price, this position has a target return of 4.3 %. This trade will have roughly 3.6 % downside protection, while still aiming for a 4.3 % return in 150 days. It will lock in that return as long as Franklin Resources is above $147.00 on 7/20/2013. For comparison purposes only, this BEN covered call aims for an annualized return rate of 10.6 %.

Alexion Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: ALXN) has been selected by InvestorsObserver analysts as a stock that is an ideal candidate for a new covered call today. Buying the stock for $83.39 while simultaneously selling the May $80.00 call will result in a new position with a target return of 5.4 %. Based on recent prices, this position will cost about $75.89, which is also the trade’s breakeven point. At that level, this covered call has 9.0 % downside protection, while still providing a 5.4 % return in 87 days as long as ALXN is above $80.00 on 5/18/2013. For comparison purposes only, this Alexion Pharmaceuticals covered call aims for an annualized return rate of 22.7 %.

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