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eBay (NASDAQ: EBAY) has been identified by InvestorsObserver analysts as being well-positioned for a new covered call today. Buying the stock for $50.75 while selling the August $50.00 call will produce a new covered call with a break-even point around $47.65. At that price, this position has a target return of 4.9 %. This trade will have roughly 6.1 % downside protection, while still aiming for a 4.9 % return in 65 days. It will lock in that return as long as eBay is above $50.00 on 8/17/2013. For comparison purposes only, this EBAY covered call aims for an annualized return rate of 27.7 %.

Comcast (NASDAQ: CMCSA) has been selected by InvestorsObserver analysts as a stock that is an ideal candidate for a new covered call today. Buying the stock for $39.52 while simultaneously selling the October $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 $37.15, which is also the trade’s breakeven point. At that level, this covered call has 6.0 % downside protection, while still providing a 5.0 % return in 128 days as long as CMCSA is above $39.00 on 10/19/2013. For comparison purposes only, this Comcast covered call aims for an annualized return rate of 14.2 %.

Spectra Energy (NYSE: SE) has been chosen by InvestorsObserver analysts as a candidate for a new covered call today. Selling the September $34.00 call while at the same time buying SE stock for $33.68 will produce a new covered call with a target return of 5.0 %. Based on recent data, this trade will cost about $32.38, which is also the covered call’s breakeven point. At that price, this covered call has 3.9 % downside protection, while seeking an assigned return of 5.0 % return in 100 days. If SE is higher than $34.00 on 9/21/2013, we are assured that simple return. For comparison purposes only, that equates to an annualized return rate of 18.3 %.

Allscripts Healthcare Solutions (NASDAQ: MDRX) has been selected by InvestorsObserver analysts as a stock that is an ideal candidate for a new covered call today. Buying the stock for $13.22 while simultaneously selling the December $13.00 call will result in a new position with a target return of 10.5 %. Based on recent prices, this position will cost about $11.77, which is also the trade’s breakeven point. At that level, this covered call has 11.0 % downside protection, while still providing a 10.5 % return in 191 days as long as MDRX is above $13.00 on 12/21/2013. For comparison purposes only, this Allscripts Healthcare Solutions covered call aims for an annualized return rate of 20.0 %.

Salix Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: SLXP) has been selected by InvestorsObserver analysts as a stock that is a strong candidate for a new covered call today. Selling the October $65.00 call while simultaneously buying SLXP stock for $65.04 will result in a new position with a break-even point around $61.34. At that price, this position has a target return of 6.0 %. This trade has 5.7 % downside protection, while still providing a 6.0 % return in 128 days as long as SLXP is above $65.00 on 10/19/2013. For comparison purposes only, this Salix Pharmaceuticals covered call targets an annualized return rate of 17.0 %.

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