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Apache (NYSE: APA) has been chosen by InvestorsObserver analysts as a candidate for a new covered call today. Selling the July $75.00 call while at the same time buying APA stock for $75.93 will produce a new covered call with a target return of 4.8 %. Based on recent data, this trade will cost about $71.58, which is also the covered call’s breakeven point. At that price, this covered call has 5.7 % downside protection, while seeking an assigned return of 4.8 % return in 114 days. If APA is higher than $75.00 on 7/20/2013, we are assured that simple return. For comparison purposes only, that equates to an annualized return rate of 15.3 %.

Hess (NYSE: HES) has been selected by InvestorsObserver analysts as a stock that is a strong candidate for a new covered call today. Selling the May $72.50 call while simultaneously buying HES stock for $72.03 will result in a new position with a break-even point around $69.11. At that price, this position has a target return of 4.9 %. This trade has 4.1 % downside protection, while still providing a 4.9 % return in 51 days as long as HES is above $72.50 on 5/18/2013. For comparison purposes only, this Hess covered call targets an annualized return rate of 35.1 %.

Biogen Idec (NASDAQ: BIIB) has been identified by InvestorsObserver analysts as being well-positioned for a new covered call today. Buying the stock for $182.68 while selling the July $180.00 call will produce a new covered call with a break-even point around $173.08. At that price, this position has a target return of 4.0 %. This trade will have roughly 5.3 % downside protection, while still aiming for a 4.0 % return in 114 days. It will lock in that return as long as Biogen Idec is above $180.00 on 7/20/2013. For comparison purposes only, this BIIB covered call aims for an annualized return rate of 12.8 %.

Beazer Homes USA (NYSE: BZH) has been selected by InvestorsObserver analysts as a stock that is an ideal candidate for a new covered call today. Buying the stock for $16.38 while simultaneously selling the August $16.00 call will result in a new position with a target return of 10.9 %. Based on recent prices, this position will cost about $14.43, which is also the trade’s breakeven point. At that level, this covered call has 11.9 % downside protection, while still providing a 10.9 % return in 142 days as long as BZH is above $16.00 on 8/17/2013. For comparison purposes only, this Beazer Homes USA covered call aims for an annualized return rate of 28.0 %.

Deckers Outdoor (NASDAQ: DECK) has been chosen by InvestorsObserver analysts as a candidate for a new covered call today. Selling the May $52.50 call while at the same time buying DECK stock for $52.52 will produce a new covered call with a target return of 6.9 %. Based on recent data, this trade will cost about $49.12, which is also the covered call’s breakeven point. At that price, this covered call has 6.5 % downside protection, while seeking an assigned return of 6.9 % return in 51 days. If DECK is higher than $52.50 on 5/18/2013, we are assured that simple return. For comparison purposes only, that equates to an annualized return rate of 49.2 %.

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