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Costco Wholesale (NASDAQ: COST) has been selected by InvestorsObserver analysts as a stock that is a strong candidate for a new covered call today. Selling the July $103.00 call while simultaneously buying COST stock for $101.85 will result in a new position with a break-even point around $98.10. At that price, this position has a target return of 5.0 %. This trade has 3.7 % downside protection, while still providing a 5.0 % return in 162 days as long as COST is above $103.00 on 7/20/2013. For comparison purposes only, this Costco Wholesale covered call targets an annualized return rate of 11.2 %.

NetApp (NASDAQ: NTAP) has been chosen by InvestorsObserver analysts as a candidate for a new covered call today. Selling the April $35.00 call while at the same time buying NTAP stock for $35.57 will produce a new covered call with a target return of 6.3 %. Based on recent data, this trade will cost about $32.93, which is also the covered call’s breakeven point. At that price, this covered call has 7.4 % downside protection, while seeking an assigned return of 6.3 % return in 71 days. If NTAP is higher than $35.00 on 4/20/2013, we are assured that simple return. For comparison purposes only, that equates to an annualized return rate of 32.3 %.

Apollo Group (NASDAQ: APOL) has been selected by InvestorsObserver analysts as a stock that is an ideal candidate for a new covered call today. Buying the stock for $20.59 while simultaneously selling the May $20.00 call will result in a new position with a target return of 8.6 %. Based on recent prices, this position will cost about $18.42, which is also the trade’s breakeven point. At that level, this covered call has 10.5 % downside protection, while still providing a 8.6 % return in 99 days as long as APOL is above $20.00 on 5/18/2013. For comparison purposes only, this Apollo Group covered call aims for an annualized return rate of 31.6 %.

Silver Wheaton (NYSE: SLW) has been identified by InvestorsObserver analysts as being well-positioned for a new covered call today. Buying the stock for $37.18 while selling the April $37.00 call will produce a new covered call with a break-even point around $35.04. At that price, this position has a target return of 5.6 %. This trade will have roughly 5.8 % downside protection, while still aiming for a 5.6 % return in 71 days. It will lock in that return as long as Silver Wheaton is above $37.00 on 4/20/2013. For comparison purposes only, this SLW covered call aims for an annualized return rate of 28.7 %.

Cirrus Logic (NASDAQ: CRUS) has been selected by InvestorsObserver analysts as a stock that is a strong candidate for a new covered call today. Selling the March $27.00 call while simultaneously buying CRUS stock for $27.26 will result in a new position with a break-even point around $25.46. At that price, this position has a target return of 6.0 %. This trade has 6.6 % downside protection, while still providing a 6.0 % return in 36 days as long as CRUS is above $27.00 on 3/16/2013. For comparison purposes only, this Cirrus Logic covered call targets an annualized return rate of 61.2 %.

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