Blue Horseshoe Stocks: HZNP Options Update & More

Horizon Pharma plc  HZNP

Our first idea of the week in yesterday’s premarket report, which was to track the HZNP Weekly $14 and 15 Calls, ended up paying instant dividends. HZNP was coming off of its earnings call as well as highlighting a new 5M share repurchase program.

Both of our targeted sets of contracts experienced significant intraday swing action which traders could have utilized for solid single-session gains. The $14 Calls ran impressively from a low of .88 to a subsequent high of 2.15, for a 144% rip. The $15′s put up a pleasing performance of similar magnitude, trading in a range from .60-1.33, for total possible profits of up to 122%

We identified 16.15 as an indicating point, the breaching of which would signal us to roll up our strike price to $16. That still remains true as we continue along through the week.

Aperture Health, Inc. APRE – Update

We want to provide an update this morning on the recent progress of APRE, which our regular readers will recollect was a point of focus for us beginning a couple of weeks ago. We’ve tracked it over several swings, commenting on the stock’s ability to make volatile moves to the upside. It continues to demonstrate this ability over recent sessions, wherein we’ve observed quite a rush of momentum.

From last Wednesday’s bounce-point of .0188, we’ve now seen a swing of 165% as of yesterday’s new high of .0499 and the stock recorded its highest volume since November. Presently, indicators on the chart seem to be ripe and ready for the possibility of even higher highs. The next key areas of resistance following a nickel are sitting at .08 and .115.

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Blue Horseshoe Stocks: Fresh Options Ideas & More

Horizon Pharma plc  HZNP

Good morning traders! We’re back to kick off another trading week, and we’re going to start off by taking a look at an early mover in HZNP. The stock is gapping up moderately on the tail of a mixed-result earnings release, as a well as the announcement of a 5M share repurchase program.

We’re interested in signaling a pair of options contracts in the HZNP chain for observation, should the bullish sentiment we’re seeing here in the premarket boil over into the session.

Our targets are going to start out as the HZNP Weekly $14 and 15 Calls. Key resistance is currently sitting at the 50DMA of 16.15. In the event that HZNP were to test and breach that boundary, we’d look to roll up our strike price to the $16′s.

Yelp, Inc. YELP

YELP was included in our watchlist on Friday, and the stock produced a bullish performance on the day. We observed a 13% rise on the day from a low of 23.66 to a high of 26.75. That’s a respectable single-session move out of a stock in this price range.

Moving forward, we’ll be watching closely for YELP to maintain support above its current 200DMA of 23.55. That will act as our deciding point on the chart. Should the stock hold above that level on any pullbacks, we’ll look for possible swing-trade opportunities in YELP Weekly $24-27 Calls. Failure to hold that price point would signal us to flip to the bullish side and the $27-24 Puts.

Square, Inc. SQ

We also want to put SQ on a bottom-watch this morning after a post-market earnings call on Thursday precipitated quite a bit of fallout during Friday’s session. Despite a boosted outlook for the remainder of 2016 and big-time growth compared to the same quarter last year, SQ was absolutely hammered.

That makes it fair game for a potential rebound in coming sessions, so we’ll have it on our radar for that possibility. If it appears that a recovery is imminent, we’ll look to use in-the-money calls to leverage some nice gains out of this play.

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Blue Horseshoe Stocks: Options Recap & More

Updates on Yesterday’s Options Ideas

Both of our options ideas from yesterday’s premarket report returned some excellent chances for quick intraday profits. While it’s true that we signal Puts very rarely,  that didn’t stop us from sniffing out winning contracts!  

Macy’s, Inc. M -  After releasing disappointing sales figures for Q3 and gapping down considerably in premarket trading, Macy’s continued to plunge, registering a new 52-week low and creating all sort of opportunities within our targeted range, the M Weekly $47-43 Puts.

We had the $43′s run from 1.10-3.33; a move of 203%, and the $44′s turned in an even more impressive performance, shooting up 424% from .85-4.45. At the other end of the spectrum, the $47 Puts popped from 4.46 to 7.00 (+57%), but keep in mind that there were several sets of contracts in between, and traders were faced with potential gains regardless of the increment chosen!


Horizon Pharma plc HZNP – HZNP was the other play we were bearish on yesterday, looking at the HZNP Weekly $20-17 Puts. Just like the previously mentioned play, we were afforded the chance at gains no matter what strike price we chose within our selected range of contracts, as the stock continued to pull back.

$20 Puts – Daily Range: 1.70-3.00 – Max Gain: 76%
$19 Puts - Daily Range: 1.15-2.20 – Max Gain: 91%
$18 Puts - Daily Range: .90-1.66  – Max Gain: 46%
$17 Puts - Daily Range: .65-1.30  – Max Gain: 100%


JC Penney Company Inc. JCP

JC Penney got beaten back yesterday and looked oversold in our opinion, but the stock seems to be rebounding nicely in early trading today. We’re going to call attention to both a weekly and a longer term set of contracts that we want to monitor going forward. For intraday/week swing trades, we’ll look to JCP Weekly $8.50 Calls, and for an extended-term watch, we’ll go with the JCP 12/11 $9 and 9.50 Calls. We would be remiss if we failed to mention that JCP earnings are slated for release before market open tomorrow so things could get quite interesting, very soon.

Dolat Ventures, Inc. DOLV

We also want to quickly submit the following subpenny play for speculation. DOLV is going to be a bottom-watch play for us as we near week’s end. Indicators suggest a recovery could be in the cards, so we’ll be watching for the recording of higher highs and higher lows off of its recently established bottom.

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Blue Horseshoe Stocks: Fresh Options Ideas & More

New Options Ideas

It is a relatively seldom occurrence that we will signal Puts when speculating over potential options plays, but we have our eyes on a couple of stocks that are exhibiting the proper conditions to do so this morning. What figures to be another slow day for stocks with regard to overall market conditions, could also help us along to some intraday opportunities on the bearish side of things. 

Macy’s, Inc. M -  Despite exceeding expectations for profits, Macy’s returned disappointing sales figures for Q3 this morning and as a result, is gapping down considerably in the premarket. Over the past few sessions, the stock has behaved in a similar manner, with an early gap-down leading to further losses, so in the event that the pattern repeats itself we’re going to be tracking the M Weekly $47-43 Puts for swing-trade possibilities.

Macy’s reports lower sales, trims profit forecast (Wed 8:37AM EST)


Horizon Pharma plc HZNP – HZNP is taking a major hit in the premarket on some negative press that began circulating late last night. It represents a considerable hit to the company, and with such news being thus far untraded-upon, we’re going to be taking a look at HZNP Weekly $20-17 Puts.

Express Scripts cuts off pharmacy that sold Horizon Pharma drugs (Wed 8:02AM EST)

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Blue Horseshoe Stocks: Options Roundup & More

Options Recap

Facebook, Inc. FB – FB was cruising in the premarket yesterday in the wake of an earnings beat, and we signaled a range of contracts where we supposed the heaviest action would fall (FB Weekly $106-111 Calls). It would not have mattered which set of contracts traders chose to strike, because they all provided chances at hefty gains.

In every case, there was a big initial spike, followed by a dip-and-rip which added an additional intraday swing. The breakdown of those moves is as follows:

$106 Calls – 1st Swing: 2.77-4.70 (70%) – 2nd Swing: 2.37-3.60 (52%)
$107 Calls – 1st Swing: 1.60-3.70 (131%) – 2nd Swing: 1.60-2.70 (69%)
$108 Calls – 1st Swing: 1.40 – 2.89 (106%) – 2nd Swing: 1.00-1.80 (80%)
$109 Calls – 1st Swing: .88-2.07 (135%) – 2nd Swing: .58-1.12 (93%)
$110 Calls – 1st Swing: .49-1.42 (190%) – 2nd Swing: .30-.62 (106%)
$111 Calls – 1st Swing: .33-92 (179%) – 2nd Swing: .14-.33 (136%)


Expedia, Inc. EXPE -The buzz over EXPE’s buyout of HomeAway, Inc. AWAY was enough to get it moving in yesterday’s premarket. Our corresponding options idea for this one was to track  EXPE Weekly $138-142 Calls and like FB, there was no losing pick within our specified range of contracts. Cheers to anyone that got in on the fun, as double-bag gains were possible across the board!

$138 Calls – Daily Range: 1.10-2.90 – Max Gain: 164%
$139 Calls - Daily Range: .65-2.18 – Max Gain: 235%
$140 Calls - Daily Range:  .55-1.65 – Max Gain: 200%
$141 Calls - Daily Range:  .46-1.13 – Max Gain: 146%
$142 Calls - Daily Range: .21-.70 – Max Gain: 233%

Weight Watchers International, Inc. WTW

Our regular readers will certainly recall our successful coverage of WTW as Oprah’s involvement was announced a few weeks back; we had monstrous success with our options selections, and even saw an amazing move from the stock itself. Our observed low on WTW was 10.76, and this morning we’ve seen it change hands for as much as 20.80.

With this impressive early morning gap-up, we’re going to want to jump back into the mix with another options idea. We’ll be monitoring the Weekly $18-20 Calls for potential daytrade opportunities on the dip-and-rip which is likely to occur.

Endeavor IP, Inc. ENIP

On the stock side of things, we included ENIP in our premarket extended watchlist yesterday and this super-subpenny play didn’t disappoint, offering up the chance at single-session double-bag profits!

From an early low of .0004, the stock surged toward the end of the session, reaching as high as .0009. That registered as an 125% intraday swing, and it came on more than three times the monthly average volume.

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