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eBay (NASDAQ: EBAY) has been identified by InvestorsObserver analysts as being well-positioned for a new covered call today. Buying the stock for $48.37 while selling the November $48.00 call will produce a new covered call with a break-even point around $45.94. At that price, this position has a target return of 4.5 %. This trade will have roughly 5.0 % downside protection, while still aiming for a 4.5 % return in 47 days. It will lock in that return as long as eBay is above $48.00 on 11/17/2012. For comparison purposes only, this EBAY covered call aims for an annualized return rate of 34.8 %.

Halliburton (NYSE: HAL) has been selected by InvestorsObserver analysts as a stock that is an ideal candidate for a new covered call today. Buying the stock for $33.69 while simultaneously selling the January $33.00 call will result in a new position with a target return of 6.3 %. Based on recent prices, this position will cost about $31.05, which is also the trade’s breakeven point. At that level, this covered call has 7.8 % downside protection, while still providing a 6.3 % return in 110 days as long as HAL is above $33.00 on 1/19/2013. For comparison purposes only, this Halliburton covered call aims for an annualized return rate of 20.8 %.

Cerner (NASDAQ: CERN) has been selected by InvestorsObserver analysts as a stock that is an ideal candidate for a new covered call today. Buying the stock for $77.39 while simultaneously selling the January $75.00 call will result in a new position with a target return of 5.6 %. Based on recent prices, this position will cost about $70.99, which is also the trade’s breakeven point. At that level, this covered call has 8.3 % downside protection, while still providing a 5.6 % return in 110 days as long as CERN is above $75.00 on 1/19/2013. For comparison purposes only, this Cerner covered call aims for an annualized return rate of 18.7 %.

Itau Unibanco (NYSE: ITUB) has been chosen by InvestorsObserver analysts as a candidate for a new covered call today. Selling the March $15.00 call while at the same time buying ITUB stock for $15.28 will produce a new covered call with a target return of 7.7 %. Based on recent data, this trade will cost about $13.93, which is also the covered call’s breakeven point. At that price, this covered call has 8.8 % downside protection, while seeking an assigned return of 7.7 % return in 166 days. If ITUB is higher than $15.00 on 3/16/2013, we are assured that simple return. For comparison purposes only, that equates to an annualized return rate of 16.9 %.

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Iron Mountain (NYSE: IRM) has been selected by InvestorsObserver analysts as a stock that is a strong candidate for a new covered call today. Selling the January $35.00 call while simultaneously buying IRM stock for $34.11 will result in a new position with a break-even point around $32.96. At that price, this position has a target return of 6.2 %. This trade has 3.4 % downside protection, while still providing a 6.2 % return in 110 days as long as IRM is above $35.00 on 1/19/2013. For comparison purposes only, this Iron Mountain covered call targets an annualized return rate of 20.5 %.

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