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American Express (NYSE: AXP) has been identified by InvestorsObserver analysts as being well-positioned for a new covered call today. Buying the stock for $76.44 while selling the January $77.50 call will produce a new covered call with a break-even point around $73.69. At that price, this position has a target return of 5.2 %. This trade will have roughly 3.6 % downside protection, while still aiming for a 5.2 % return in 116 days. It will lock in that return as long as American Express is above $77.50 on 1/18/2014. For comparison purposes only, this AXP covered call aims for an annualized return rate of 16.3 %.

Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) has been selected by InvestorsObserver analysts as a stock that is an ideal candidate for a new covered call today. Buying the stock for $127.62 while simultaneously selling the January $130.00 call will result in a new position with a target return of 4.6 %. Based on recent prices, this position will cost about $124.32, which is also the trade’s breakeven point. At that level, this covered call has 2.6 % downside protection, while still providing a 4.6 % return in 116 days as long as LMT is above $130.00 on 1/18/2014. For comparison purposes only, this Lockheed Martin covered call aims for an annualized return rate of 14.3 %.

Nabors Industries (NYSE: NBR) has been identified by InvestorsObserver analysts as being well-positioned for a new covered call today. Buying the stock for $16.15 while selling the January $16.00 call will produce a new covered call with a break-even point around $14.89. At that price, this position has a target return of 7.5 %. This trade will have roughly 7.8 % downside protection, while still aiming for a 7.5 % return in 116 days. It will lock in that return as long as Nabors Industries is above $16.00 on 1/18/2014. For comparison purposes only, this NBR covered call aims for an annualized return rate of 23.4 %.

Philip Morris International (NYSE: PM) has been chosen by InvestorsObserver analysts as a candidate for a new covered call today. Selling the March $92.50 call while at the same time buying PM stock for $89.75 will produce a new covered call with a target return of 4.7 %. Based on recent data, this trade will cost about $88.33, which is also the covered call’s breakeven point. At that price, this covered call has 1.6 % downside protection, while seeking an assigned return of 4.7 % return in 179 days. If PM is higher than $92.50 on 3/22/2014, we are assured that simple return. For comparison purposes only, that equates to an annualized return rate of 9.6 %.

Akamai Technologies (NASDAQ: AKAM) has been selected by InvestorsObserver analysts as a stock that is a strong candidate for a new covered call today. Selling the November $50.00 call while simultaneously buying AKAM stock for $51.98 will result in a new position with a break-even point around $47.88. At that price, this position has a target return of 4.4 %. This trade has 7.9 % downside protection, while still providing a 4.4 % return in 53 days as long as AKAM is above $50.00 on 11/16/2013. For comparison purposes only, this Akamai Technologies covered call targets an annualized return rate of 30.4 %.

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