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Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) has been identified by InvestorsObserver analysts as being well-positioned for a new covered call today. Buying the stock for $426.31 while selling the October $425.00 call will produce a new covered call with a break-even point around $406.81. At that price, this position has a target return of 4.5 %. This trade will have roughly 4.6 % downside protection, while still aiming for a 4.5 % return in 88 days. It will lock in that return as long as Apple is above $425.00 on 10/19/2013. For comparison purposes only, this AAPL covered call aims for an annualized return rate of 18.5 %.

ACE (NYSE: ACE) has been selected by InvestorsObserver analysts as a stock that is an ideal candidate for a new covered call today. Buying the stock for $95.58 while simultaneously selling the November $97.50 call will result in a new position with a target return of 4.3 %. Based on recent prices, this position will cost about $93.48, which is also the trade’s breakeven point. At that level, this covered call has 2.2 % downside protection, while still providing a 4.3 % return in 116 days as long as ACE is above $97.50 on 11/16/2013. For comparison purposes only, this ACE covered call aims for an annualized return rate of 13.5 %.

Yamana Gold (NYSE: AUY) has been chosen by InvestorsObserver analysts as a candidate for a new covered call today. Selling the January $11.00 call while at the same time buying AUY stock for $11.24 will produce a new covered call with a target return of 14.2 %. Based on recent data, this trade will cost about $9.63, which is also the covered call’s breakeven point. At that price, this covered call has 14.3 % downside protection, while seeking an assigned return of 14.2 % return in 179 days. If AUY is higher than $11.00 on 1/18/2014, we are assured that simple return. For comparison purposes only, that equates to an annualized return rate of 29.0 %.

Staples (NASDAQ: SPLS) has been selected by InvestorsObserver analysts as a stock that is an ideal candidate for a new covered call today. Buying the stock for $16.60 while simultaneously selling the January $17.00 call will result in a new position with a target return of 9.3 %. Based on recent prices, this position will cost about $15.55, which is also the trade’s breakeven point. At that level, this covered call has 6.3 % downside protection, while still providing a 9.3 % return in 179 days as long as SPLS is above $17.00 on 1/18/2014. For comparison purposes only, this Staples covered call aims for an annualized return rate of 19.0 %.

Ciena (NASDAQ: CIEN) has been selected by InvestorsObserver analysts as a stock that is a strong candidate for a new covered call today. Selling the September $22.00 call while simultaneously buying CIEN stock for $22.68 will result in a new position with a break-even point around $20.64. At that price, this position has a target return of 6.6 %. This trade has 9.0 % downside protection, while still providing a 6.6 % return in 60 days as long as CIEN is above $22.00 on 9/21/2013. For comparison purposes only, this Ciena covered call targets an annualized return rate of 40.0 %.

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