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Freeport McMoran (NYSE: FCX) has been selected by InvestorsObserver analysts as a stock that is a strong candidate for a new covered call today. Selling the August $33.00 call while simultaneously buying FCX stock for $33.80 will result in a new position with a break-even point around $31.16. At that price, this position has a target return of 5.9 %. This trade has 7.8 % downside protection, while still providing a 5.9 % return in 152 days as long as FCX is above $33.00 on 8/17/2013. For comparison purposes only, this Freeport McMoran covered call targets an annualized return rate of 14.2 %.

Express Scripts (NASDAQ: ESRX) has been chosen by InvestorsObserver analysts as a candidate for a new covered call today. Selling the August $57.50 call while at the same time buying ESRX stock for $59.77 will produce a new covered call with a target return of 4.8 %. Based on recent data, this trade will cost about $54.87, which is also the covered call’s breakeven point. At that price, this covered call has 8.2 % downside protection, while seeking an assigned return of 4.8 % return in 152 days. If ESRX is higher than $57.50 on 8/17/2013, we are assured that simple return. For comparison purposes only, that equates to an annualized return rate of 11.5 %.

VMware (NYSE: VMW) has been selected by InvestorsObserver analysts as a stock that is an ideal candidate for a new covered call today. Buying the stock for $83.85 while simultaneously selling the May $82.50 call will result in a new position with a target return of 5.0 %. Based on recent prices, this position will cost about $78.55, which is also the trade’s breakeven point. At that level, this covered call has 6.3 % downside protection, while still providing a 5.0 % return in 61 days as long as VMW is above $82.50 on 5/18/2013. For comparison purposes only, this VMware covered call aims for an annualized return rate of 30.0 %.

Comstock Resources (NYSE: CRK) has been identified by InvestorsObserver analysts as being well-positioned for a new covered call today. Buying the stock for $18.00 while selling the June $17.50 call will produce a new covered call with a break-even point around $16.30. At that price, this position has a target return of 7.4 %. This trade will have roughly 9.4 % downside protection, while still aiming for a 7.4 % return in 96 days. It will lock in that return as long as Comstock Resources is above $17.50 on 6/22/2013. For comparison purposes only, this CRK covered call aims for an annualized return rate of 28.0 %.

Molycorp (NYSE: MCP) has been selected by InvestorsObserver analysts as a stock that is a strong candidate for a new covered call today. Selling the September $6.00 call while simultaneously buying MCP stock for $6.19 will result in a new position with a break-even point around $4.93. At that price, this position has a target return of 21.7 %. This trade has 20.4 % downside protection, while still providing a 21.7 % return in 187 days as long as MCP is above $6.00 on 9/21/2013. For comparison purposes only, this Molycorp covered call targets an annualized return rate of 42.4 %.

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