Blue Horseshoe Stocks: APHA, MDCA & More

Aphria, Inc. APHA

Yesterday morning in our premarket report, we said that the unusually high short interest in APHA was one of the factors playing into our decision to designate it as a bottom-watch play. The rebound we were looking for came instantaneously for us with APHA heating up, and the short squeeze was on.

From a low of 3.75, the stock cruised on up to a high of 5.59 for a daily burst amounting to 49% on considerable volume. We’ll be looking for APHA to continue to make up some of the ground it has lost over the past month.



MDC Partners, Inc. MDCA

Another stock we included as a bottom play yesterday, MDCA also experienced a solid performance on the day. It traded from a low of 2.57 on up to 3.29, for a moderate but respectable 28% gain.

It also factored in as the NASDAQ’s fourth largest gainer of the session. The run came to an end right around an area of previous resistance, so we’ll look for it to break that top in the sessions ahead.



Fresh Options Ideas

Cronos Group Inc. CRON Weekly $13-15 Calls* – As we were just mentioning on Tuesday, we first tagged CRON back on Halloween, at which time the stock was trading at a low of 7.10. This morning in the premarket the stock has attained an impressive new high of 14.58, marking a five week run of 105% The above mentioned calls are how we’re going to attempt to take advantage of today’s new movement on the chart.

Lululemon Athletica, Inc. LULU Weekly $130-133 Calls*

SDPR S&P 500 ETF (SPY) Weekly $268-270 Calls*

*Caution: NEVER trade options contracts with a weekly expiration on a Friday unless you are an expert level trader with disposable funds!


Extended Watchlist:
SGSI, DNR, NOG, RIG, OMED, WTI, WLL, CRC, CASI, KTOS

Blue Horseshoe Stocks: Big Options Winners

Successful Options Ideas

We formulated some quick-strike, post-earnings options ideas for Home Depot and Advanced Auto Parts in yesterday morning ‘s premarket report. Even with shaky market performance like we’ve seen this week, a good earnings play can go a long way, and we proved it yet again.

Both ideas we submitted produced instant results, with the HD contracts we signaled providing the biggest potential profit by far. Those gains were as follows:

Home Depot, Inc. HD Weekly $180 Calls
Range:
.40-3.00 -  Max Gain: 650%

AAP Weekly $170 & $175 Calls
$170′s Range: 9.89-14.83 -  Max Gain: 50%
$175′s Range: 5.80-9.90 -  Max Gain: 71%


More Fresh Options Ideas

We’ll keep the post-earnings options train rolling with another pair of ideas this morning. Especially during times of high market uncertainty, earnings related options plays are our go-to targets.

Canada Goose Holdings, Inc. GOOS Weekly $66-69 Calls
Macy’s Inc. M 12/07 $37 & 37.50 Calls

Bonus Idea:
We’ll also signal some SPY calls that will be in play provided it holds above $270 upon the open. In that event, we’ll be looking at the SPY Weekly $272-274 Calls.


Extended Watchlist:
YGYI, DNR, SHIP, OHGI, PETQ, DSS, HMNY, LMFA, BPMC(Multi-Bottom)

Blue Horseshoe Stocks: Trio of Post-Earnings Options Ideas

Trio of Post-Earnings Options Ideas

As our regular readers are more than aware, we are always looking in the earnings calendar to find potential quick-strike options trading opportunities. After a strong earnings report, chances to take advantage of the clamor for shares are often plentiful.

This morning we’ve got three separate ideas, to help us try to do just that. After solid reports all around we’re looking to formulate ideas for The TJX Companies, Inc. TJX, Advanced Auto Parts, Inc. AAP, and Kohls Corp. KSS options chains.

TJX 06/15 $85-90 Calls
AAP 06/15 $120-130 Calls

KSS Weekly $67.50-69.50 Calls


Agile Therapeutics, Inc. AGRX

Another thing we’re always looking for is bottom-play opportunities. We want to place AGRX on watch after seeing the stock get absolutely crushed over the past few sessions.

The short interest has risen dramatically as you can see on the AGRX page of Naked Short Report, and caused a serious gap down to perhaps unsustainably low levels. When an influx of buyers looking for a bargain comes in, we could see that gap begin to fill. We’ll have it on a close bottom watch.


Extended Watchlist:
MU, DNR, TGA, SYN, GSM

Blue Horseshoe Stocks: Options Roundup & More

Options Roundup

We produced three sets of options ideas in yesterday morning’s premarket report, and considering our recent track record with options plays, it should come as no surprise that we hit on some big gainers with all of them.

Petroleo Brasiliero SA (Petrobras) PBR

We’ve successfully come up with winning options ideas for PBR on so many occasions, we’ve lost count at this point. Our targeted contracts yesterday were the Weekly $5 and $5.50 Calls, and both sets recorded solid moves on the day.

For the $5′s we saw a nice run from .42-.77, an intraday swing of 83%, while the $5.50 Calls doubled that performance with a 166% pop from .12-.32. 

We mentioned that the idea could serve for swing trades into today, and it appears as if PBR’s gap up will extend the gains we’ve seen thus far, especially considering that oil is presently at its highest price in months. In addition to staying on top of those 5.50′s, we’ll explore the possibility of rolling up our strike price to the 6.00-level. We’ll just need to see the stock hold support at its previous resistance point of 5.72 on any early pullbacks.

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United Parcel Service, Inc. UPS

The next idea we came up with was to take a look at UPS April 8th $104 Calls, which we found attractive for a number of reasons that we listed in our report, and those contracts put up a top-notch performance as well.

They started out from a low of .47 and would end up hitting a daily high of 1.50; gains of up to 219% were there for the taking.

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SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc. SEAS

We were very interested in Seaworld’s PR concerning the halting of the Killer Whale breeding programs and theater show phase-out yesterday(>>View PR). The announcement was received well by the investing community, as well as the company seeing goodwill on social media for doing the right thing- at one point on Twitter, #Seaworld was trending in the Top 3 for the US in the wake of the news.

We set our sights on SEAS April 15th $18 Calls, and were met with an excellent intraday gain opportunity as they ran 150% from .40-1.00.


Sparta Commercial Services, Inc. SRCO

We also want to give ourselves a pat on the back for SRCO, which we included in yesterday’s extended watchlist. The stock made a respectable intraday move for us, to the tune of 60% as it traded in a range from .003-.0048 on roughly six times the 3-month average volume.


Bank of America Corp. BAC – Fresh Options Idea

BAC is currently gapping up in the premarket on news that the company will be increasing the scope of their share buyback program, and we’re going to signal a set of options contracts for observation to correspond with that. We’re going to be taking a look at BAC Weekly $13.50 Calls for a possible daytrade*.

*Don’t forget, trading weekly options contracts on a Friday is a very risky proposition, and is recommended for seasoned traders only.


Extended Watchlist:
DNR, CHK, WLL, XCO, GRPN, GDPM, LEGX, COTE(Possible bottom bouncer)

Blue Horseshoe Stocks: Momentum Play, Options & More

Shark Reach, Inc. SHRK

We’re going to be tagging SHRK for observation as a momentum mover this morning after noticing the huge activity in the stock yesterday. It came in conjunction with an article that Forbes ran about the company and its “influencer marketing” strategies. (>>View Article).

Many of our readers will have been aware of the marketing campaign that accompanied the theatrical release of the movie Straight Outta Compton, which was orchestrated by SharkReach. They promised Universal Pictures 7 million impressions and delivered more than 130 million, thanks in large part to the graphical memes that gained viral popularity for a period of months leading up to and following the film’s debut.

The rapid growth into a major player in less than three years of business definitely puts the company on our radar long term, but for the time being, there may be some short-term advantage to press with SHRK. We’ll look for profit-takers to surface after the stock’s rapid and meteoric rise, and be ready for a classic dip-and-rip scenario.


Facebook, Inc. FB – Options Ideas

With regard to a fresh options trading idea, we’re going to be watching Facebook for a possible move to the short side. The stock recently made a run that proved unsustainable, and the chart is looking rather toppy at the moment with a significant gap to fill to the low side.

For potential daytrading and intraweek swing-trade ideas we will be monitoring the Feb 5th $113-110 Puts. For a longer-term idea, assuming more hardship lay ahead for the stock, we’ll want to keep an eye on Feb 19th $109-105 Puts.


Extended Watchlist:
VLTC, VPLM, VTNR, DNR, CNAT, SRCO, ROYL, PSID