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Barrick Gold (NYSE: ABX) has been identified by InvestorsObserver analysts as being well-positioned for a new covered call today. Buying the stock for $17.55 while selling the October $17.00 call will produce a new covered call with a break-even point around $15.65. At that price, this position has a target return of 8.6 %. This trade will have roughly 10.8 % downside protection, while still aiming for a 8.6 % return in 81 days. It will lock in that return as long as Barrick Gold is above $17.00 on 10/19/2013. For comparison purposes only, this ABX covered call aims for an annualized return rate of 38.8 %.

Prudential Financial (NYSE: PRU) has been selected by InvestorsObserver analysts as a stock that is an ideal candidate for a new covered call today. Buying the stock for $78.84 while simultaneously selling the December $75.00 call will result in a new position with a target return of 4.1 %. Based on recent prices, this position will cost about $72.04, which is also the trade’s breakeven point. At that level, this covered call has 8.6 % downside protection, while still providing a 4.1 % return in 144 days as long as PRU is above $75.00 on 12/21/2013. For comparison purposes only, this Prudential Financial covered call aims for an annualized return rate of 10.4 %.

Sony (NYSE: SNE) has been chosen by InvestorsObserver analysts as a candidate for a new covered call today. Selling the September $21.00 call while at the same time buying SNE stock for $21.24 will produce a new covered call with a target return of 5.8 %. Based on recent data, this trade will cost about $19.84, which is also the covered call’s breakeven point. At that price, this covered call has 6.6 % downside protection, while seeking an assigned return of 5.8 % return in 53 days. If SNE is higher than $21.00 on 9/21/2013, we are assured that simple return. For comparison purposes only, that equates to an annualized return rate of 40.2 %.

Becton Dickinson (NYSE: BDX) has been selected by InvestorsObserver analysts as a stock that is an ideal candidate for a new covered call today. Buying the stock for $103.11 while simultaneously selling the December $105.00 call will result in a new position with a target return of 4.9 %. Based on recent prices, this position will cost about $100.11, which is also the trade’s breakeven point. At that level, this covered call has 2.9 % downside protection, while still providing a 4.9 % return in 144 days as long as BDX is above $105.00 on 12/21/2013. For comparison purposes only, this Becton Dickinson covered call aims for an annualized return rate of 12.4 %.

GenCorp (NYSE: GY) has been selected by InvestorsObserver analysts as a stock that is a strong candidate for a new covered call today. Selling the November $17.50 call while simultaneously buying GY stock for $17.46 will result in a new position with a break-even point around $16.16. At that price, this position has a target return of 8.3 %. This trade has 7.4 % downside protection, while still providing a 8.3 % return in 109 days as long as GY is above $17.50 on 11/16/2013. For comparison purposes only, this GenCorp covered call targets an annualized return rate of 27.8 %.

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