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Intel (NASDAQ: INTC) has been identified by InvestorsObserver analysts as being well-positioned for a new covered call today. Buying the stock for $22.52 while selling the April $23.00 call will produce a new covered call with a break-even point around $21.24. At that price, this position has a target return of 8.3 %. This trade will have roughly 5.7 % downside protection, while still aiming for a 8.3 % return in 241 days. It will lock in that return as long as Intel is above $23.00 on 4/19/2014. For comparison purposes only, this INTC covered call aims for an annualized return rate of 12.5 %.

UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH) has been selected by InvestorsObserver analysts as a stock that is an ideal candidate for a new covered call today. Buying the stock for $72.46 while simultaneously selling the January $70.00 call will result in a new position with a target return of 4.2 %. Based on recent prices, this position will cost about $67.16, which is also the trade’s breakeven point. At that level, this covered call has 7.3 % downside protection, while still providing a 4.2 % return in 150 days as long as UNH is above $70.00 on 1/18/2014. For comparison purposes only, this UnitedHealth Group covered call aims for an annualized return rate of 10.3 %.

Halliburton (NYSE: HAL) has been chosen by InvestorsObserver analysts as a candidate for a new covered call today. Selling the November $47.00 call while at the same time buying HAL stock for $47.35 will produce a new covered call with a target return of 4.8 %. Based on recent data, this trade will cost about $44.84, which is also the covered call’s breakeven point. At that price, this covered call has 5.3 % downside protection, while seeking an assigned return of 4.8 % return in 87 days. If HAL is higher than $47.00 on 11/16/2013, we are assured that simple return. For comparison purposes only, that equates to an annualized return rate of 20.2 %.

Time Warner (NYSE: TWX) has been selected by InvestorsObserver analysts as a stock that is an ideal candidate for a new covered call today. Buying the stock for $61.89 while simultaneously selling the January $62.50 call will result in a new position with a target return of 8.4 %. Based on recent prices, this position will cost about $57.64, which is also the trade’s breakeven point. At that level, this covered call has 6.9 % downside protection, while still providing a 8.4 % return in 150 days as long as TWX is above $62.50 on 1/18/2014. For comparison purposes only, this Time Warner covered call aims for an annualized return rate of 20.5 %.

St Jude Medical (NYSE: STJ) has been selected by InvestorsObserver analysts as a stock that is a strong candidate for a new covered call today. Selling the January $50.00 call while simultaneously buying STJ stock for $52.11 will result in a new position with a break-even point around $47.71. At that price, this position has a target return of 4.8 %. This trade has 8.4 % downside protection, while still providing a 4.8 % return in 150 days as long as STJ is above $50.00 on 1/18/2014. For comparison purposes only, this St Jude Medical covered call targets an annualized return rate of 11.7 %.

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