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Exxon Mobil (NYSE: XOM) has been identified by InvestorsObserver analysts as being well-positioned for a new covered call today. Buying the stock for $89.80 while selling the October $92.50 call will produce a new covered call with a break-even point around $87.99. At that price, this position has a target return of 5.1 %. This trade will have roughly 2.0 % downside protection, while still aiming for a 5.1 % return in 114 days. It will lock in that return as long as Exxon Mobil is above $92.50 on 10/19/2013. For comparison purposes only, this XOM covered call aims for an annualized return rate of 16.4 %.

McDonald's (NYSE: MCD) has been selected by InvestorsObserver analysts as a stock that is an ideal candidate for a new covered call today. Buying the stock for $98.84 while simultaneously selling the December $100.00 call will result in a new position with a target return of 4.7 %. Based on recent prices, this position will cost about $95.54, which is also the trade’s breakeven point. At that level, this covered call has 3.3 % downside protection, while still providing a 4.7 % return in 177 days as long as MCD is above $100.00 on 12/21/2013. For comparison purposes only, this McDonald's covered call aims for an annualized return rate of 9.6 %.

WellPoint Health Networks (NYSE: WLP) has been selected by InvestorsObserver analysts as a stock that is a strong candidate for a new covered call today. Selling the September $80.00 call while simultaneously buying WLP stock for $80.21 will result in a new position with a break-even point around $76.36. At that price, this position has a target return of 4.8 %. This trade has 4.8 % downside protection, while still providing a 4.8 % return in 86 days as long as WLP is above $80.00 on 9/21/2013. For comparison purposes only, this WellPoint Health Networks covered call targets an annualized return rate of 20.2 %.

Stratasys (NASDAQ: SSYS) has been chosen by InvestorsObserver analysts as a candidate for a new covered call today. Selling the August $80.00 call while at the same time buying SSYS stock for $82.52 will produce a new covered call with a target return of 7.2 %. Based on recent data, this trade will cost about $74.62, which is also the covered call’s breakeven point. At that price, this covered call has 9.6 % downside protection, while seeking an assigned return of 7.2 % return in 51 days. If SSYS is higher than $80.00 on 8/17/2013, we are assured that simple return. For comparison purposes only, that equates to an annualized return rate of 51.5 %.

Xilinx (NASDAQ: XLNX) has been selected by InvestorsObserver analysts as a stock that is an ideal candidate for a new covered call today. Buying the stock for $39.48 while simultaneously selling the September $39.00 call will result in a new position with a target return of 4.2 %. Based on recent prices, this position will cost about $37.44, which is also the trade’s breakeven point. At that level, this covered call has 5.2 % downside protection, while still providing a 4.2 % return in 86 days as long as XLNX is above $39.00 on 9/21/2013. For comparison purposes only, this Xilinx covered call aims for an annualized return rate of 17.7 %.

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