Blue Horseshoe Stocks: Cleaning Up on Options Trading

Options Winners

We’ve been firing on all cylinders with regard to our short term options ideas recently. Yesterday we offered up some ideas for AAPL and BIIB and in both cases, multi-bag intraday returns were attainable no matter which set of contracts were chosen from our target ranges.

Apple, Inc. AAPL

We went bearish on AAPL for a number of reasons, chief among them being a disappointing earnings release, and negative statements by CEO Tim Cook. We were looking for activity in the range of the AAPL Weekly $97-95.50 Puts provided the stock continued to backslide, and were duly rewarded for the idea.

$97 Puts – Trading Range: 1.58-3.72  – Max Gain: 135%
$96.50 Puts – Trading Range: 1.27-3.27 – Max Gain: 157%
$96 Puts – Trading Range: 1.05-2.85 – Max Gain: 171%
$95.50 Puts – Trading Range: .83-2.45  – Max Gain: 195%
$95 Puts – Trading Range: .65-2.10 – Max Gain: 223%

Biogen, Inc. BIIB

On the other side of the fence, BIIB was gapping up hard in the premarket and we liked the chances of seeing some more upside. We highlighted BIIB Weekly $267.50 through $280 Calls and it worked out in spades.

$267.50 Calls – Trading Range: 6.30-17.50  – Max Gain: 178%
$270 Calls – Trading Range: 4.70-15.30 – Max Gain: 226%
$272.50 Calls – Trading Range: 3.45-12.30 – Max Gain: 257%
$275 Calls – Trading Range: 2.45-10.50  – Max Gain: 329%
$277.50 Calls – Trading Range: 1.74-8.45 – Max Gain: 386%
$280 Calls – Trading Range: .99-7.00 – Max Gain: 607%


Fresh Ideas*

Under Armour, Inc. UA – We’ll go ahead and signal some new options ideas this morning as the opportunity has presented itself in the form of an impressive Under Armour earnings beat. Wildly exceeded expectations are fueling a premarket gap-up, and we’re going to be taking a look at UA Weekly $75-79.50 Calls provided UA holds that $75-mark on any early dips.

Facebook, Inc. FB –  FB is also cruising in early trading today on the strength of a well-received earnings release of its own. We’re going to respond by tagging FB Weekly $105-110 Calls for observation as we head into week’s end.

*Pertaining to both of the preceding ideas, remember to always consider the inherent elevating risk associated with trading weekly options contracts as the end of the week approaches!

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Blue Horseshoe Stocks: SPY Calls, Bottom Bouncers & More

Fresh Options Idea

SPDR S&P 500 ETF (SPY) – The SPY is one of our favorite funds to take advantage of when market conditions permit, and based on the general atmosphere this morning after crude oil’s impressive rally yesterday, we definitely want to signal a range of contracts for tracking.

We’re specifically looking for the heaviest activity to fall within the SPY Weekly $187-191 Calls*, with the SPY trading in the $189-range here in the premarket. If we do see a dip to start the day, we’ll need the subsequent bounce to occur above that $187-level for this idea to remain valid.

*Don’t forget that trading weekly options contracts on a Friday is an inherently risky proposition, as they are on the verge of expiration. It can, however, be a chance for experienced traders to take advantage as premiums dissipate and volatility increases. 

Decision Diagnostics Corp. DECN

DECN was included in our pool of interests from yesterday’s premarket report, and the stock went on to put up a respectable performance.

From a low of .15, DECN ran as high as .24 for potential intraday gains of up to 60% and the move happened with the aid of roughly nine times the monthly average volume.

TubeMogul, Inc.  TUBE

There have been a couple of events that have TUBE flirting with new relative lows this week. A nominal amount of insider selling seems to have coincided with some  third-party content in its news feed casting the stock in a disparaging light.

Events like these awaken the bargain hunters within us. The stock is approaching previous levels of support as we’ve pointed out on the chart below, so we’ll be monitoring for a possible reversal to occur in that channel in forthcoming sessions.

Synergy Resources Corp. SYRG

We’ve noticed SYRG trending up off of its own recent bottom over the past couple of sessions, and we like the overall look of the chart and the strength building therein. We’re looking for this stock to record higher highs and higher lows and continue to build momentum.

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