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Dole (NYSE: DOLE) has been selected by InvestorsObserver analysts as a stock that is a strong candidate for a new covered call today. Selling the April $12.50 call while simultaneously buying DOLE stock for $14.35 will result in a new position with a break-even point around $11.55. At that price, this position has a target return of 8.2 %. This trade has 19.5 % downside protection, while still providing a 8.2 % return in 211 days as long as DOLE is above $12.50 on 4/20/2013. For comparison purposes only, this Dole covered call targets an annualized return rate of 14.2 %.

Morgan Stanley (NYSE: MS) has been identified by InvestorsObserver analysts as being well-positioned for a new covered call today. Buying the stock for $17.21 while selling the April $17.00 call will produce a new covered call with a break-even point around $15.11. At that price, this position has a target return of 12.5 %. This trade will have roughly 12.2 % downside protection, while still aiming for a 12.5 % return in 211 days. It will lock in that return as long as Morgan Stanley is above $17.00 on 4/20/2013. For comparison purposes only, this MS covered call aims for an annualized return rate of 21.6 %.

Comcast (NASDAQ: CMCSA) has been selected by InvestorsObserver analysts as a stock that is an ideal candidate for a new covered call today. Buying the stock for $35.95 while simultaneously selling the January $36.00 call will result in a new position with a target return of 4.5 %. Based on recent prices, this position will cost about $34.46, which is also the trade’s breakeven point. At that level, this covered call has 4.1 % downside protection, while still providing a 4.5 % return in 120 days as long as CMCSA is above $36.00 on 1/19/2013. For comparison purposes only, this Comcast covered call aims for an annualized return rate of 13.6 %.

Norfolk Southern (NYSE: NSC) has been selected by InvestorsObserver analysts as a stock that is an ideal candidate for a new covered call today. Buying the stock for $66.11 while simultaneously selling the January $65.00 call will result in a new position with a target return of 4.3 %. Based on recent prices, this position will cost about $62.31, which is also the trade’s breakeven point. At that level, this covered call has 5.7 % downside protection, while still providing a 4.3 % return in 120 days as long as NSC is above $65.00 on 1/19/2013. For comparison purposes only, this Norfolk Southern covered call aims for an annualized return rate of 13.1 %.

Williams Companies (NYSE: WMB) has been chosen by InvestorsObserver analysts as a candidate for a new covered call today. Selling the January $34.00 call while at the same time buying WMB stock for $34.36 will produce a new covered call with a target return of 5.2 %. Based on recent data, this trade will cost about $32.33, which is also the covered call’s breakeven point. At that price, this covered call has 5.9 % downside protection, while seeking an assigned return of 5.2 % return in 120 days. If WMB is higher than $34.00 on 1/19/2013, we are assured that simple return. For comparison purposes only, that equates to an annualized return rate of 15.7 %.

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