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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 $502.96 while selling the October $500.00 call will produce a new covered call with a break-even point around $480.21. At that price, this position has a target return of 4.1 %. This trade will have roughly 4.5 % downside protection, while still aiming for a 4.1 % return in 57 days. It will lock in that return as long as Apple is above $500.00 on 10/19/2013. For comparison purposes only, this AAPL covered call aims for an annualized return rate of 26.4 %.

Allergan (NYSE: AGN) has been selected by InvestorsObserver analysts as a stock that is an ideal candidate for a new covered call today. Buying the stock for $90.80 while simultaneously selling the January $90.00 call will result in a new position with a target return of 6.0 %. Based on recent prices, this position will cost about $84.90, which is also the trade’s breakeven point. At that level, this covered call has 6.5 % downside protection, while still providing a 6.0 % return in 148 days as long as AGN is above $90.00 on 1/18/2014. For comparison purposes only, this Allergan covered call aims for an annualized return rate of 14.8 %.

ARM Holdings (NASDAQ: ARMH) has been chosen by InvestorsObserver analysts as a candidate for a new covered call today. Selling the October $41.00 call while at the same time buying ARMH stock for $41.12 will produce a new covered call with a target return of 4.7 %. Based on recent data, this trade will cost about $39.17, 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 4.7 % return in 57 days. If ARMH is higher than $41.00 on 10/19/2013, we are assured that simple return. For comparison purposes only, that equates to an annualized return rate of 29.9 %.

MGM Mirage (NYSE: MGM) has been selected by InvestorsObserver analysts as a stock that is an ideal candidate for a new covered call today. Buying the stock for $17.82 while simultaneously selling the December $17.00 call will result in a new position with a target return of 6.6 %. Based on recent prices, this position will cost about $15.94, which is also the trade’s breakeven point. At that level, this covered call has 10.5 % downside protection, while still providing a 6.6 % return in 120 days as long as MGM is above $17.00 on 12/21/2013. For comparison purposes only, this MGM Mirage covered call aims for an annualized return rate of 20.2 %.

Isis Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: ISIS) has been selected by InvestorsObserver analysts as a stock that is a strong candidate for a new covered call today. Selling the September $25.00 call while simultaneously buying ISIS stock for $25.71 will result in a new position with a break-even point around $23.66. At that price, this position has a target return of 5.7 %. This trade has 8.0 % downside protection, while still providing a 5.7 % return in 29 days as long as ISIS is above $25.00 on 9/21/2013. For comparison purposes only, this Isis Pharmaceuticals covered call targets an annualized return rate of 71.2 %.

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