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US Bancorp (NYSE: USB) has been identified by InvestorsObserver analysts as being well-positioned for a new covered call today. Buying the stock for $37.26 while selling the December $38.00 call will produce a new covered call with a break-even point around $36.26. At that price, this position has a target return of 4.8 %. This trade will have roughly 2.7 % downside protection, while still aiming for a 4.8 % return in 155 days. It will lock in that return as long as US Bancorp is above $38.00 on 12/21/2013. For comparison purposes only, this USB covered call aims for an annualized return rate of 11.3 %.

CBS (NYSE: CBS) has been selected by InvestorsObserver analysts as a stock that is an ideal candidate for a new covered call today. Buying the stock for $52.50 while simultaneously selling the December $50.00 call will result in a new position with a target return of 5.3 %. Based on recent prices, this position will cost about $47.50, which is also the trade’s breakeven point. At that level, this covered call has 9.5 % downside protection, while still providing a 5.3 % return in 155 days as long as CBS is above $50.00 on 12/21/2013. For comparison purposes only, this CBS covered call aims for an annualized return rate of 12.4 %.

Randgold Resources (NASDAQ: GOLD) has been chosen by InvestorsObserver analysts as a candidate for a new covered call today. Selling the August $70.00 call while at the same time buying GOLD stock for $70.33 will produce a new covered call with a target return of 4.4 %. Based on recent data, this trade will cost about $67.03, which is also the covered call’s breakeven point. At that price, this covered call has 4.7 % downside protection, while seeking an assigned return of 4.4 % return in 29 days. If GOLD is higher than $70.00 on 8/17/2013, we are assured that simple return. For comparison purposes only, that equates to an annualized return rate of 55.8 %.

Optimer Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: OPTR) has been selected by InvestorsObserver analysts as a stock that is an ideal candidate for a new covered call today. Buying the stock for $14.60 while simultaneously selling the December $12.50 call will result in a new position with a target return of 8.7 %. Based on recent prices, this position will cost about $11.50, which is also the trade’s breakeven point. At that level, this covered call has 21.2 % downside protection, while still providing a 8.7 % return in 155 days as long as OPTR is above $12.50 on 12/21/2013. For comparison purposes only, this Optimer Pharmaceuticals covered call aims for an annualized return rate of 20.5 %.

Garmin (NASDAQ: GRMN) has been selected by InvestorsObserver analysts as a stock that is a strong candidate for a new covered call today. Selling the January $36.00 call while simultaneously buying GRMN stock for $36.70 will result in a new position with a break-even point around $34.05. At that price, this position has a target return of 5.7 %. This trade has 7.2 % downside protection, while still providing a 5.7 % return in 183 days as long as GRMN is above $36.00 on 1/18/2014. For comparison purposes only, this Garmin covered call targets an annualized return rate of 11.4 %.

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