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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