Blue Horseshoe Stocks: CNAT Recap & More

Conatus Pharmaceuticals, Inc. CNAT

We were fairly confident that at least one of the pharma news plays we put forth in yesterday’s premarket report would turn out a promising session, and CNAT definitely rose to the occasion.

We highlighted it, of course, because of a big collaboration and licensing deal for one of the company’s drugs, which adds a quick $50M cash to the books almost immediately, and even more down the road.

After gapping up considerably in the premarket, the stock underwent a dip-and-rip scenario which carried it to a daily low of 4.27 before it pushed its way up to a high of 5.50. That marked a solid intraday upswing of 29% and came on four times the three-month average volume.

ACADIA Pharmaceuticals, Inc. ACAD

ACAD was the other play off of our pharma watchlist that provided us with significant opportunities, which were even bigger than the previously mentioned stock.

We offered an options idea, the ACAD Weekly $28-31 Calls, and all but a couple sets of contracts in that range produced respectable intraday moves.

$28 Calls – Range: .70-1.66 – Max Gain: 137%
$28.50 Calls – Range: .59-1.40 – Max Gain: 137%
$29 Calls – Range: .40-.80 – Max Gain: 100%
$29.50 Calls – Range: .30-.70 – Max Gain: 133%
$30 Calls – Range: .18-.50 – Max Gain: 178%


NIKE, Inc. NKE – Fresh Options Idea

NKE is coming off a post-market earnings beat yesterday, so we want to enter an idea into the logs for this situation.

We’re going to be monitoring the activity in the NKE Weekly $52.50-54 Calls for possible daytrades and/or swing trades into the end of the week.

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Blue Horseshoe Stocks: Shipping Watchlist & More

Shipping Sector Watchlist

Earlier this fall, we found an incredible amount of success within the shipping sector, as an industry-wide wave of bullish activity carried many related stocks to record moves.

That rush tuckered out a few weeks back, but we want to circle back around this morning to cast a light on several of these stocks that we think could be gearing up for a recovery. Each of the following had been in a drastic downturn leading into yesterday’s session, and each of them began to show some major signs of life in coming off their bottoms.

We’ll want to keep all of them in mind in coming sessions, and watch for signs that a more sustained uptrend could take effect.

Dry Ships, Inc. DRYS

Sino-Global Shipping America, Ltd. SINO

Diana Containerships, Inc. DCIX

Diana Shipping, Inc. DSX

Seanergy Maritime Holdings Corp. SHIP

Euroseas Ltd. ESEA

Global Ship Lease, Inc. GSL

Catalyst Biosciences, Inc. CBIO

We stipulated yesterday that if CBIO held above .80 on any early pullbacks, that we’d be interested in tracking its activity through the session, and it did just that.

The intraday machinations of the stock actually provided two separate opportunties for swing trades. First, the initial run out of the gate that took it from 1.12-1.42 (+27%) and a subsequent dip-and-rip pattern from .855 back to 1.12 later on in the day (+31%).

With volatility sufficient to provide over 50% in cumulative gains on the day, and the fact that it maintained support above our designated level, we’ll keep CBIO on our radar for the time being.

Eli Lilly and Co. LLY

On strong 2017 guidance released this week, LLY beat Wall Street’s forecast outlook estimates for the first time in 3 years. As a result, the stock started to climb, and has begun to fill a large gap on the chart to the upside.

What we want to do here is highlight both a short term and extended term options trading idea to correspond with the present situation. For swing trades this week, we’ll look at the LLY Weekly $72 and $72.50 Calls, and to take advantage of the possibility of an extended uptrend, the LLY 01/20 $75 Calls.

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Blue Horseshoe Stocks: Options Updates & More

Options Updates

S&P 500 ETF (SPY) -
We tagged the SPY 11/23 $218.50-220 Calls for observation on Monday, and wanted to circle back around to relay the excellent moves it went on to make.

$218.50 Calls– Range: .90-2.24 – Max Gain: 149%
$219 Calls – Range: .58-1.83 – Max Gain: 216%
$219.50 Calls – Range: .35-1.30 – Max Gain: 271%
$220 Calls – Range: .19-.89 – Max Gain: 368%

Keep in mind that trading these today would essentially be akin to trading normal weekly contracts on a Friday, a risky venture that we always warn is to be attempted only by advanced traders.


Petroleo Brasiliero S.A. (Petrobras) PBR – PBR was the subject of another idea we formulated on Monday morning, and it too provided the activity we needed to see our highlighted targets post some solid performances. Our contracts of interest here were the PBR Weekly $9.50-10.50 Calls
and while they didn’t move quite as much as the SPY calls, the potential gains were still significant.

$9.50 Calls– Range: .68-1.00 – Max Gain: 47%
$10 Calls – Range: .30-.54 – Max Gain: 80%
$10.50 Calls – Range: .08-.21 – Max Gain: 163%

Unlike the aforementioned play, these contracts don’t expire until the end of the Friday’s half session (1PM).

Clean Coal Technologies, Inc. CCTC

The characteristic volatility that we’ve come to expect from CCTC showed it face this week, as the stock turned the bottom-bounce from the end of last week into a multi-day run that has persisted ever since.

We placed the stock on watch earlier this month, and after a short period of consolidation it finally established a base at .105, before running to yesterday’s new high of .2835. That marked a upswing totaling 170%

We’ll look for the possibility of a breach of the 200DMA currently sitting at .302, a break past which point would send the stock into blue skies, while keeping in mind that the volatility we mentioned could come into play. We’ll need to be open to the chance of the stock consolidating again before gearing up for another run. One thing’s for sure, the rapidity with which this play can cover large amounts of ground on the chart makes it worthy of continued observation.

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AGHI(Prime bounceplay, see yesterday’s report)