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American Express (NYSE: AXP) has been identified by InvestorsObserver analysts as being well-positioned for a new covered call today. Buying the stock for $76.52 while selling the October $75.00 call will produce a new covered call with a break-even point around $71.72. At that price, this position has a target return of 4.6 %. This trade will have roughly 6.3 % downside protection, while still aiming for a 4.6 % return in 129 days. It will lock in that return as long as American Express is above $75.00 on 10/19/2013. For comparison purposes only, this AXP covered call aims for an annualized return rate of 12.9 %.

General Mills (NYSE: GIS) has been selected by InvestorsObserver analysts as a stock that is an ideal candidate for a new covered call today. Buying the stock for $48.33 while simultaneously selling the October $49.00 call will result in a new position with a target return of 4.4 %. Based on recent prices, this position will cost about $46.95, which is also the trade’s breakeven point. At that level, this covered call has 2.9 % downside protection, while still providing a 4.4 % return in 129 days as long as GIS is above $49.00 on 10/19/2013. For comparison purposes only, this General Mills covered call aims for an annualized return rate of 12.3 %.

Valeant Pharmac. (NYSE: VRX) has been chosen by InvestorsObserver analysts as a candidate for a new covered call today. Selling the July $82.50 call while at the same time buying VRX stock for $83.77 will produce a new covered call with a target return of 4.3 %. Based on recent data, this trade will cost about $79.07, 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 4.3 % return in 38 days. If VRX is higher than $82.50 on 7/20/2013, we are assured that simple return. For comparison purposes only, that equates to an annualized return rate of 41.6 %.

Lululemon Athletica (NASDAQ: LULU) has been selected by InvestorsObserver analysts as a stock that is an ideal candidate for a new covered call today. Buying the stock for $67.85 while simultaneously selling the September $67.50 call will result in a new position with a target return of 9.4 %. Based on recent prices, this position will cost about $61.70, which is also the trade’s breakeven point. At that level, this covered call has 9.1 % downside protection, while still providing a 9.4 % return in 101 days as long as LULU is above $67.50 on 9/21/2013. For comparison purposes only, this Lululemon Athletica covered call aims for an annualized return rate of 34.0 %.

Iron Mountain (NYSE: IRM) has been selected by InvestorsObserver analysts as a stock that is a strong candidate for a new covered call today. Selling the October $30.00 call while simultaneously buying IRM stock for $29.15 will result in a new position with a break-even point around $27.40. At that price, this position has a target return of 9.5 %. This trade has 6.0 % downside protection, while still providing a 9.5 % return in 129 days as long as IRM is above $30.00 on 10/19/2013. For comparison purposes only, this Iron Mountain covered call targets an annualized return rate of 26.8 %.

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