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Prudential Financial (NYSE: PRU) has been identified by InvestorsObserver analysts as being well-positioned for a new covered call today. Buying the stock for $75.41 while selling the December $72.50 call will produce a new covered call with a break-even point around $69.21. At that price, this position has a target return of 4.8 %. This trade will have roughly 8.2 % downside protection, while still aiming for a 4.8 % return in 113 days. It will lock in that return as long as Prudential Financial is above $72.50 on 12/21/2013. For comparison purposes only, this PRU covered call aims for an annualized return rate of 15.3 %.

Vodafone Group (NASDAQ: VOD) has been selected by InvestorsObserver analysts as a stock that is an ideal candidate for a new covered call today. Buying the stock for $31.80 while simultaneously selling the January $31.00 call will result in a new position with a target return of 4.6 %. Based on recent prices, this position will cost about $29.65, which is also the trade’s breakeven point. At that level, this covered call has 6.8 % downside protection, while still providing a 4.6 % return in 141 days as long as VOD is above $31.00 on 1/18/2014. For comparison purposes only, this Vodafone Group covered call aims for an annualized return rate of 11.8 %.

Macy's (NYSE: M) has been chosen by InvestorsObserver analysts as a candidate for a new covered call today. Selling the November $44.00 call while at the same time buying M stock for $44.61 will produce a new covered call with a target return of 4.2 %. Based on recent data, this trade will cost about $42.24, 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 4.2 % return in 78 days. If M is higher than $44.00 on 11/16/2013, we are assured that simple return. For comparison purposes only, that equates to an annualized return rate of 19.5 %.

Dunkin (NASDAQ: DNKN) has been selected by InvestorsObserver analysts as a stock that is an ideal candidate for a new covered call today. Buying the stock for $43.07 while simultaneously selling the December $42.50 call will result in a new position with a target return of 4.5 %. Based on recent prices, this position will cost about $40.67, which is also the trade’s breakeven point. At that level, this covered call has 5.6 % downside protection, while still providing a 4.5 % return in 113 days as long as DNKN is above $42.50 on 12/21/2013. For comparison purposes only, this Dunkin covered call aims for an annualized return rate of 14.5 %.

Peabody Energy (NYSE: BTU) has been selected by InvestorsObserver analysts as a stock that is a strong candidate for a new covered call today. Selling the October $17.00 call while simultaneously buying BTU stock for $17.22 will result in a new position with a break-even point around $15.97. At that price, this position has a target return of 6.4 %. This trade has 7.3 % downside protection, while still providing a 6.4 % return in 50 days as long as BTU is above $17.00 on 10/19/2013. For comparison purposes only, this Peabody Energy covered call targets an annualized return rate of 47.0 %.

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