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Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ) has been identified by InvestorsObserver analysts as being well-positioned for a new covered call today. Buying the stock for $50.64 while selling the October $52.50 call will produce a new covered call with a break-even point around $49.45. At that price, this position has a target return of 6.2 %. This trade will have roughly 2.3 % downside protection, while still aiming for a 6.2 % return in 127 days. It will lock in that return as long as Verizon Communications is above $52.50 on 10/19/2013. For comparison purposes only, this VZ covered call aims for an annualized return rate of 17.7 %.

Boeing (NYSE: BA) has been selected by InvestorsObserver analysts as a stock that is an ideal candidate for a new covered call today. Buying the stock for $102.16 while simultaneously selling the November $100.00 call will result in a new position with a target return of 5.4 %. Based on recent prices, this position will cost about $94.91, which is also the trade’s breakeven point. At that level, this covered call has 7.1 % downside protection, while still providing a 5.4 % return in 155 days as long as BA is above $100.00 on 11/16/2013. For comparison purposes only, this Boeing covered call aims for an annualized return rate of 12.6 %.

Beam (NYSE: BEAM) has been chosen by InvestorsObserver analysts as a candidate for a new covered call today. Selling the September $65.00 call while at the same time buying BEAM stock for $65.22 will produce a new covered call with a target return of 4.8 %. Based on recent data, this trade will cost about $62.02, which is also the covered call’s breakeven point. At that price, this covered call has 4.9 % downside protection, while seeking an assigned return of 4.8 % return in 99 days. If BEAM is higher than $65.00 on 9/21/2013, we are assured that simple return. For comparison purposes only, that equates to an annualized return rate of 17.7 %.

First Solar (NASDAQ: FSLR) has been selected by InvestorsObserver analysts as a stock that is an ideal candidate for a new covered call today. Buying the stock for $45.85 while simultaneously selling the July $46.00 call will result in a new position with a target return of 9.5 %. Based on recent prices, this position will cost about $42.00, which is also the trade’s breakeven point. At that level, this covered call has 8.4 % downside protection, while still providing a 9.5 % return in 36 days as long as FSLR is above $46.00 on 7/20/2013. For comparison purposes only, this First Solar covered call aims for an annualized return rate of 96.5 %.

NPS Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: NPSP) has been selected by InvestorsObserver analysts as a stock that is a strong candidate for a new covered call today. Selling the November $15.00 call while simultaneously buying NPSP stock for $15.30 will result in a new position with a break-even point around $13.55. At that price, this position has a target return of 10.7 %. This trade has 11.4 % downside protection, while still providing a 10.7 % return in 155 days as long as NPSP is above $15.00 on 11/16/2013. For comparison purposes only, this NPS Pharmaceuticals covered call targets an annualized return rate of 25.2 %.

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