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International Business Machines (NYSE: IBM) has been identified by InvestorsObserver analysts as being well-positioned for a new covered call today. Buying the stock for $199.15 while selling the October $205.00 call will produce a new covered call with a break-even point around $193.40. At that price, this position has a target return of 6.0 %. This trade will have roughly 2.9 % downside protection, while still aiming for a 6.0 % return in 172 days. It will lock in that return as long as International Business Machines is above $205.00 on 10/19/2013. For comparison purposes only, this IBM covered call aims for an annualized return rate of 12.7 %.

Biogen Idec (NASDAQ: BIIB) has been selected by InvestorsObserver analysts as a stock that is an ideal candidate for a new covered call today. Buying the stock for $223.61 while simultaneously selling the July $220.00 call will result in a new position with a target return of 4.9 %. Based on recent prices, this position will cost about $209.71, which is also the trade’s breakeven point. At that level, this covered call has 6.2 % downside protection, while still providing a 4.9 % return in 81 days as long as BIIB is above $220.00 on 7/20/2013. For comparison purposes only, this Biogen Idec covered call aims for an annualized return rate of 22.1 %.

St Jude Medical (NYSE: STJ) has been chosen by InvestorsObserver analysts as a candidate for a new covered call today. Selling the October $41.00 call while at the same time buying STJ stock for $41.68 will produce a new covered call with a target return of 6.0 %. Based on recent data, this trade will cost about $38.68, which is also the covered call’s breakeven point. At that price, this covered call has 7.2 % downside protection, while seeking an assigned return of 6.0 % return in 172 days. If STJ is higher than $41.00 on 10/19/2013, we are assured that simple return. For comparison purposes only, that equates to an annualized return rate of 12.7 %.

NII (NASDAQ: NIHD) has been selected by InvestorsObserver analysts as a stock that is a strong candidate for a new covered call today. Selling the September $9.00 call while simultaneously buying NIHD stock for $9.31 will result in a new position with a break-even point around $7.51. At that price, this position has a target return of 19.8 %. This trade has 19.3 % downside protection, while still providing a 19.8 % return in 144 days as long as NIHD is above $9.00 on 9/21/2013. For comparison purposes only, this NII covered call targets an annualized return rate of 50.3 %.

Arcos Dorados (NYSE: ARCO) has been identified by InvestorsObserver analysts as being well-positioned for a new covered call today. Buying the stock for $13.22 while selling the November $12.50 call will produce a new covered call with a break-even point around $11.47. At that price, this position has a target return of 9.0 %. This trade will have roughly 13.2 % downside protection, while still aiming for a 9.0 % return in 200 days. It will lock in that return as long as Arcos Dorados is above $12.50 on 11/16/2013. For comparison purposes only, this ARCO covered call aims for an annualized return rate of 16.4 %.

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