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Merck (NYSE: MRK) has been chosen by InvestorsObserver analysts as a candidate for a new covered call today. Selling the October $47.00 call while at the same time buying MRK stock for $46.96 will produce a new covered call with a target return of 4.6 %. Based on recent data, this trade will cost about $44.95, which is also the covered call’s breakeven point. At that price, this covered call has 4.3 % downside protection, while seeking an assigned return of 4.6 % return in 185 days. If MRK is higher than $47.00 on 10/19/2013, we are assured that simple return. For comparison purposes only, that equates to an annualized return rate of 9.0 %.

NetApp (NASDAQ: NTAP) has been selected by InvestorsObserver analysts as a stock that is a strong candidate for a new covered call today. Selling the June $35.00 call while simultaneously buying NTAP stock for $35.81 will result in a new position with a break-even point around $33.13. At that price, this position has a target return of 5.6 %. This trade has 7.5 % downside protection, while still providing a 5.6 % return in 66 days as long as NTAP is above $35.00 on 6/22/2013. For comparison purposes only, this NetApp covered call targets an annualized return rate of 31.2 %.

CSX (NYSE: CSX) has been identified by InvestorsObserver analysts as being well-positioned for a new covered call today. Buying the stock for $24.14 while selling the November $25.00 call will produce a new covered call with a break-even point around $22.91. At that price, this position has a target return of 9.1 %. This trade will have roughly 5.1 % downside protection, while still aiming for a 9.1 % return in 213 days. It will lock in that return as long as CSX  is above $25.00 on 11/16/2013. For comparison purposes only, this CSX covered call aims for an annualized return rate of 15.6 %.

Theravance (NASDAQ: THRX) has been selected by InvestorsObserver analysts as a stock that is an ideal candidate for a new covered call today. Buying the stock for $28.01 while simultaneously selling the May $28.00 call will result in a new position with a target return of 12.4 %. Based on recent prices, this position will cost about $24.91, which is also the trade’s breakeven point. At that level, this covered call has 11.1 % downside protection, while still providing a 12.4 % return in 31 days as long as THRX is above $28.00 on 5/18/2013. For comparison purposes only, this Theravance covered call aims for an annualized return rate of 146.0 %.

Uni-Pixel (NASDAQ: UNXL) has been chosen by InvestorsObserver analysts as a candidate for a new covered call today. Selling the July $35.00 call while at the same time buying UNXL stock for $37.27 will produce a new covered call with a target return of 17.2 %. Based on recent data, this trade will cost about $29.87, which is also the covered call’s breakeven point. At that price, this covered call has 19.9 % downside protection, while seeking an assigned return of 17.2 % return in 94 days. If UNXL is higher than $35.00 on 7/20/2013, we are assured that simple return. For comparison purposes only, that equates to an annualized return rate of 66.7 %.

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