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eBay (NASDAQ: EBAY) has been selected by InvestorsObserver analysts as a stock that is an ideal candidate for a new covered call today. Buying the stock for $50.41 while simultaneously selling the May $50.00 call will result in a new position with a target return of 5.0 %. Based on recent prices, this position will cost about $47.64, which is also the trade’s breakeven point. At that level, this covered call has 5.5 % downside protection, while still providing a 5.0 % return in 61 days as long as EBAY is above $50.00 on 5/18/2013. For comparison purposes only, this eBay covered call aims for an annualized return rate of 29.6 %.

National Oilwell Varco (NYSE: NOV) has been chosen by InvestorsObserver analysts as a candidate for a new covered call today. Selling the May $70.00 call while at the same time buying NOV stock for $70.53 will produce a new covered call with a target return of 4.0 %. Based on recent data, this trade will cost about $67.28, which is also the covered call’s breakeven point. At that price, this covered call has 4.6 % downside protection, while seeking an assigned return of 4.0 % return in 61 days. If NOV is higher than $70.00 on 5/18/2013, we are assured that simple return. For comparison purposes only, that equates to an annualized return rate of 24.2 %.

Blackstone Group (NYSE: BX) has been selected by InvestorsObserver analysts as a stock that is a strong candidate for a new covered call today. Selling the September $20.00 call while simultaneously buying BX stock for $20.89 will result in a new position with a break-even point around $18.94. At that price, this position has a target return of 5.6 %. This trade has 9.3 % downside protection, while still providing a 5.6 % return in 187 days as long as BX is above $20.00 on 9/21/2013. For comparison purposes only, this Blackstone Group covered call targets an annualized return rate of 10.9 %.

Saks (NYSE: SKS) has been identified by InvestorsObserver analysts as being well-positioned for a new covered call today. Buying the stock for $11.85 while selling the January $12.00 call will produce a new covered call with a break-even point around $10.75. At that price, this position has a target return of 11.6 %. This trade will have roughly 9.3 % downside protection, while still aiming for a 11.6 % return in 306 days. It will lock in that return as long as Saks is above $12.00 on 1/18/2014. For comparison purposes only, this SKS covered call aims for an annualized return rate of 13.9 %.

Coeur d'Alene Mines (NYSE: CDE) has been selected by InvestorsObserver analysts as a stock that is an ideal candidate for a new covered call today. Buying the stock for $19.10 while simultaneously selling the June $19.00 call will result in a new position with a target return of 8.6 %. Based on recent prices, this position will cost about $17.50, which is also the trade’s breakeven point. At that level, this covered call has 8.4 % downside protection, while still providing a 8.6 % return in 96 days as long as CDE is above $19.00 on 6/22/2013. For comparison purposes only, this Coeur d'Alene Mines covered call aims for an annualized return rate of 32.6 %.

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