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Valero Energy (NYSE: VLO) has been chosen by InvestorsObserver analysts as a candidate for a new covered call today. Selling the May $44.00 call while at the same time buying VLO stock for $44.97 will produce a new covered call with a target return of 4.1 %. Based on recent data, this trade will cost about $42.26, which is also the covered call’s breakeven point. At that price, this covered call has 6.0 % downside protection, while seeking an assigned return of 4.1 % return in 46 days. If VLO is higher than $44.00 on 5/18/2013, we are assured that simple return. For comparison purposes only, that equates to an annualized return rate of 32.6 %.

Aetna (NYSE: AET) has been selected by InvestorsObserver analysts as a stock that is a strong candidate for a new covered call today. Selling the October $50.00 call while simultaneously buying AET stock for $52.38 will result in a new position with a break-even point around $47.38. At that price, this position has a target return of 5.5 %. This trade has 9.5 % downside protection, while still providing a 5.5 % return in 200 days as long as AET is above $50.00 on 10/19/2013. For comparison purposes only, this Aetna covered call targets an annualized return rate of 10.1 %.

Joy Global (NYSE: JOY) has been identified by InvestorsObserver analysts as being well-positioned for a new covered call today. Buying the stock for $57.75 while selling the July $57.50 call will produce a new covered call with a break-even point around $53.50. At that price, this position has a target return of 7.5 %. This trade will have roughly 7.4 % downside protection, while still aiming for a 7.5 % return in 109 days. It will lock in that return as long as Joy Global is above $57.50 on 7/20/2013. For comparison purposes only, this JOY covered call aims for an annualized return rate of 25.0 %.

Kansas City Southern (NYSE: KSU) has been selected by InvestorsObserver analysts as a stock that is an ideal candidate for a new covered call today. Buying the stock for $108.57 while simultaneously selling the September $105.00 call will result in a new position with a target return of 6.3 %. Based on recent prices, this position will cost about $98.77, which is also the trade’s breakeven point. At that level, this covered call has 9.0 % downside protection, while still providing a 6.3 % return in 172 days as long as KSU is above $105.00 on 9/21/2013. For comparison purposes only, this Kansas City Southern covered call aims for an annualized return rate of 13.4 %.

Chicago Bridge & Iron (NYSE: CBI) has been chosen by InvestorsObserver analysts as a candidate for a new covered call today. Selling the July $60.00 call while at the same time buying CBI stock for $60.74 will produce a new covered call with a target return of 5.7 %. Based on recent data, this trade will cost about $56.74, which is also the covered call’s breakeven point. At that price, this covered call has 6.6 % downside protection, while seeking an assigned return of 5.7 % return in 109 days. If CBI is higher than $60.00 on 7/20/2013, we are assured that simple return. For comparison purposes only, that equates to an annualized return rate of 19.2 %.

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