Blue Horseshoe Stocks: Options Roundup & More

Options Roundup 

All of our earnings-related options ideas from yesterday’s report saw increases during the session, so we want to kick things off today by going over those performances, as well as formulating another fresh idea.

FedEx Corp. FDX- Our idea for FDX was less about the earnings figures themselves which fell short of expectations, and more about the buoyed guidance. The investment community at large felt the same way, and as a result FDX made a really nice intraday run from just above $193, to just below $196. That allowed for our ideas, the FDX Weekly $192.50-200 Calls, to put up the following gains:

$192.50 Calls – Range: 1.86-3.96 – Max Gain: 113%
$195 Calls – Range: .90-2.96 – Max Gain: 218%
$197.50 Calls – Range: .29-2.37 – Max Gain: 717%
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Petroleo Brasiliero S.A. (Petrobras) PBR - An analyst upgrade coupled with a solid earnings report led us to signal a range of PBR calls yesterday. We mentioned the fact that we’ve had a ton of success on countless occasions in the past trading options in this play, and our streak kept on going. We offered both an idea for the weeklies as well as a couple with an April expiration for a longer-term play, (Weekly $9 Calls – 04/21 $9.50-10.00 Calls) and we saw notable gains in all of them:

Weekly $9 Calls – Range: .12-.27 – Max Gain: 125%
04/21 $9.50 Calls
- Range: .26-.34- Max Gain: 33%
04/21 $10.00 Calls
- Range: .14-.19 – Max Gain: 36%
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Dollar Tree, Inc. DLTR – We also highlighted the DLTR 04/21 $78-80 Calls, and while they did see marginal increases, it was nothing to write home about just yet. That’s why we just wanted to remind our readers that these are longer-term idea which could take some time to show us the sort of upward moves we’re looking for.
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FRESH IDEA:

Snap, Inc. SNAP – Our bearish signal on SNAP Friday led to success in the SNAP Weekly $20 Puts that we were watching. They gained 246% intraday running from .30-1.04.

Today, we want to reverse our strategy and go with some calls, the SNAP Weekly $22-23.50 Calls to be exact.


Moleculin Biotech, Inc. MBRX

We had MBRX in our extended watchlist yesterday, and were pleased with its solid performance on the day. The stock ran from 1.15 to a high of 1.51, which works out to a respectable intraday increase of 31% The move came on immense volume of more than 40X the 30-day average, so we’ll definitely be interested in continuing to track MBRX as we head into the end of the week.


Extended Watchlist:
DOLV, MCOA, CGIX, PENN, FEYE, HTGM, ZSAN

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Blue Horseshoe Stocks: AUPH Update, Options & More

Aurinia Pharmaceuticals, Inc. AUPH

We’ve been tracking AUPH in the roughly seven weeks since our mention of it on January 27th, and for a stock that started out at lows of 2.95 subsequent to that report, it sure has been quite a ride.

We followed it all the way to a high of 10.54 last week, which was an increase of 257% over our observed low. As is expected when a stock sees such a sharp rise in such a short period, AUPH did begin to consolidate, but that was only in preparation of another nice swing. From 7.51, where it ultimately found support, AUPH went on to reach 9.83 yesterday, which marks a 31% upswing on the rebound.

It’s the volatility in AUPH, which has been terrific for a stock in its price range, that makes it such an interesting stock to watch, and we’ll continue to have it on our radars moving forward.


Fresh Options Ideas  - We’ve got a trio of options ideas this morning that are earnings-related. Solid earnings generally give stocks a sizable enough boost to provide great opportunities in the options chain. It’s a phenomenon we’ve observed time and time again, so here’s what’s hitting our scanner this time:

FedEx Corp. FDX- While FDX didn’t meet the expectations of Wall Street on its earnings yesterday post-market, very optimistic guidance from the CEO in which he stated “margins, cash flows and returns are going to increase over the next several years” has the stock gapping up this morning to the tune of 5% We’re going to be standing at the ready with the FDX Weekly $192.50-200 Calls to try to take advantage of the immediate reaction.
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Petroleo Brasiliero S.A. (Petrobras) PBR - We’ve had a ton of success with trading PBR options in the past, and are going to revisitWe are going to signal a range of short and longer-term options for PBR, which had a whirlwind release yesterday post-market in which it revealed a profit for 2016 and a cut to debt levels, which also helped to earn it an analyst upgrade from Credit Suisse Group AG. We’ll be looking at the PBR Weekly $9 Calls, as well as the PBR 04/21 $9.50-10.00 Calls.
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Dollar Tree, Inc. DLTR – Dollar Tree held its earnings call last week, so the reaction isn’t as fresh, but we’re more interested in what this one is going to do over a more extended period. They reported net sales increases of 5% year-over-year, while diluted earnings-per-share spiked over 40% year-over-year. We also like the look of the chart from a technical perspective, currently at a double-bottom on the chart and looking like it’s ripe for a recovery. We’re going to zero in on the DLTR 04/21 $78-80 Calls.


Extended Watchlist:
VDRM, MYDX, IDRA, MBRX, PULM, WGO, GEVO

Blue Horseshoe Stocks: ICLD Recap, Options & More

InterCloud Systems, Inc. ICLD

On Friday we noted that ICLD had rebounded off of its 52-week lows, and directed our readers to pay close attention over ensuing sessions, as the volume had really been ramping up significantly.

This was after tagging the play in our extended watchlist on Thursday We watched as the stock traded as low as .0157 that day and began to gain ground. Yesterday ICLD turned in another strong session to start the week, achieving a new high of .0245. That represents a three-session swing of 56% for this play since we’ve been closely tracking it.

We’ll continue to have ICLD on watch as it both breached through, and closed above its 50DMA yesterday, and its strength index is rising rapidly.


Dish Network Corp. DISH – Options Idea

Standard & Poors revealed late yesterday, that DISH would be added to the S&P500, and this morning, the stock is gapping up moderately in the premarket to the tune of 5%

We want to be standing at the ready with a solid options play, should the bullish activity carry over into today’s session, so we’re going to identify the DISH Weekly $63-65 Calls as targets for potential intraday/intraweek flip opportunities.


Extended Watchlist:
DRYS, WFT, MOMO, MYSZ, PBR, AF, TXHD, PPHM

Blue Horseshoe Stocks: Earnings-Related Options & More

American Eagle Outfitters, Inc.  AEO – Options Idea

Earnings-related options ideas are among some of our favorite plays to track, and that’s what we’ve got here with AEO this morning. American Eagle had a mixed earnings release, satisfying on profit expectations while falling short of on both sales and outlook. Granted that the stock was already looking a bit top-heavy, we’re feeling bearish about this play for the short-term.

To coincide with that instinct, we’re going to signal our interest in a range of puts in the AEO options chain. For possible quick-strike trades, we’re going to be looking at the AEO Weekly $19.50-16.50 Puts.

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Splunk, Inc. SPLK – We’ve also got a bullish options idea to bring to the table with SPLK, and this one is earnings-related as well.

The company posted a strong quarterly report yesterday and is surging as a result. In this case we’re going to highlight and track the SPLK Weekly $60.50-62 Calls.



Petrobras Argentina S.A.  PZE

While we’ve mentioned Petrobras countless times in our reports in the form of PBR, this marks the first occasion upon which we’re focusing on its Argentinian counterpart. The stock has been getting absolutely hammered of late, and with an OPEC deal seemingly close at hand, oil has begun to run. That’s why we’re going to be tracking this one over an extended time period from this point forward.

Should the production cut go off without a hitch, it sets PZE (as well as other oil stocks) up to regain a good bit of the ground lost in past weeks, so we’ll want to put this one on bottom-watch in the days and weeks ahead.


Extended Watchlist:
ICBU, GEYI, GLBS, PBR, FOLD(Bottom-Watch)

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.

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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.


Extended Watchlist:
ESEA, OMHE, LIGA, DCIX, GSL, OPXA,
AGHI(Prime bounceplay, see yesterday’s report)