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Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) has been selected by InvestorsObserver analysts as a stock that is a strong candidate for a new covered call today. Selling the July $900.00 call while simultaneously buying GOOG stock for $903.87 will result in a new position with a break-even point around $864.67. At that price, this position has a target return of 4.1 %. This trade has 4.3 % downside protection, while still providing a 4.1 % return in 64 days as long as GOOG is above $900.00 on 7/20/2013. For comparison purposes only, this Google covered call targets an annualized return rate of 23.3 %.

Qualcomm (NASDAQ: QCOM) has been chosen by InvestorsObserver analysts as a candidate for a new covered call today. Selling the October $65.00 call while at the same time buying QCOM stock for $65.64 will produce a new covered call with a target return of 4.9 %. Based on recent data, this trade will cost about $61.94, which is also the covered call’s breakeven point. At that price, this covered call has 5.6 % downside protection, while seeking an assigned return of 4.9 % return in 155 days. If QCOM is higher than $65.00 on 10/19/2013, we are assured that simple return. For comparison purposes only, that equates to an annualized return rate of 11.6 %.

Yum Brands (NYSE: YUM) has been selected by InvestorsObserver analysts as a stock that is an ideal candidate for a new covered call today. Buying the stock for $69.63 while simultaneously selling the October $67.50 call will result in a new position with a target return of 4.8 %. Based on recent prices, this position will cost about $64.43, which is also the trade’s breakeven point. At that level, this covered call has 7.5 % downside protection, while still providing a 4.8 % return in 155 days as long as YUM is above $67.50 on 10/19/2013. For comparison purposes only, this Yum Brands covered call aims for an annualized return rate of 11.2 %.

NRG Energy (NYSE: NRG) has been identified by InvestorsObserver analysts as being well-positioned for a new covered call today. Buying the stock for $27.72 while selling the August $29.00 call will produce a new covered call with a break-even point around $25.67. At that price, this position has a target return of 13.0 %. This trade will have roughly 7.4 % downside protection, while still aiming for a 13.0 % return in 92 days. It will lock in that return as long as NRG Energy is above $29.00 on 8/17/2013. For comparison purposes only, this NRG covered call aims for an annualized return rate of 51.5 %.

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 $39.54 while simultaneously selling the June $39.00 call will result in a new position with a target return of 5.0 %. Based on recent prices, this position will cost about $37.14, which is also the trade’s breakeven point. At that level, this covered call has 6.1 % downside protection, while still providing a 5.0 % return in 36 days as long as THRX is above $39.00 on 6/22/2013. For comparison purposes only, this Theravance covered call aims for an annualized return rate of 50.7 %.

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