A New Earnings Season Commences

Moderna Inc. MRNA – Options Runners: 

We closed out the week on Friday morning by highlighting the nice moves made by the August contracts we’ve been tracking since June 21st,  the MRNA 08/20 $195-210 Calls. Additionally, we included some fresh weekly targets in the MRNA Weekly $265-$280 Calls.

Despite a rather poor day for the markets in general, Moderna continued to add impressively to its recent bullish surge. The stock has been in a general upward trend for the entire year, but that really kicked into overdrive over the past week.

Here are the new highs and total increases posted by our August calls, as well as the intraday ranges and total possible gains on the weeklies. Very impressive figures across the board: 

MRNA 08/20 $195-210 Calls
$195: 23.50-93.23 (+297%)
$200: 18.00-88.85 (+394%)
$210: 13.55-78.66 (+480%)

MRNA Weekly $265-$280 Calls

$195: 9.30-24.00 (+158%)
$200: 6.05-19.05 (+214%)
$210: 3.50-13.97 (+299%)
$195: 1.27-9.95 (+683%)

Fresh Options Ideas: 

Just a reminder, another earnings season is going to heat up quickly with hundreds of companies slated to report this week, hundreds more next week, and so on. The remainder of July and much of August should yield a wealth of opportunities in that department.

This morning we’re going to be looking at a potential post-earnings play in Auto Nation and a chart play idea for Airbnb:

AN 08/20 $100-105 Calls
ABNB 09/17 $135-145 Calls 

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Incredible Options Trading Week!

Another Big Options Trading Week

UnitedHealth Group, Inc. UNH – We were just reporting on the solid gains made by our UNH idea yesterday, the UNH Weekly $270-277.50 Calls. It was a see-saw kind of a day for the markets at large, but there was still plenty of opportunity for us to increase our observed ranges on these plays since we began tracking them Wednesday morning:

UNH Weekly $270-277.50 Calls

$270: 6.00-26.50 (+342%)
$272.50: 4.21-26.00 (+518%)
$275: 3.30-20.00 (+506%)
$277.50: 2.39-21.40 (+795%)


Johnson & Johnson JNJ –  We’ve also been following the JNJ 09/18 $150-155 Calls since last Tuesday morning, and like the play above, are returning for the second straight day to highlight the impressive gains we’ve witnessed thus far:

  JNJ 09/18 $150-155 Calls
$150: 2.90-10.17 (+251%)
$155: 2.27-7.50 (+230%)

The success with our options calls just kept coming this week, and that includes a pair of our ideas that were fresh for yesterday morning. We signaled interest in calls in the ABT and TSM chains, and saw some really nice moves there as well.

ABT Weekly $90-92.50 Calls
$90: 2.00-7.10 (+255%)
$92.50: .85-5.00 (+488%)

TSM Weekly $50-52 Calls
$50: 1.86-3.16 (+70%)
$50.50:1.55-2.50 (+61%)
$51: 1.30-2.15 (+65%)
$51.50: .57-1.70 (+198%)
$52: .65-1.26 (+94%)


More Fresh Ideas: 
STT Weekly $60-65 Calls*
KSU Weekly $136-140 Calls*

*Never trade options with a weekly expiration on Friday unless you’re an expert level trader with access to disposable funds!

Moderna Inc. MRNA

We began tracking MRNA at the end of February, initially tagging the stock on February 27th and then again on March 16th. After seeing a low of 19.31 following that report, MRNA has been making steady headway in its run up the chart which has persisted for more than a month now.

Yesterday we saw a new recorded high of 41.55, which represents an overall increase of 115% since we began following the activity in MRNA.

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Blue Horseshoe Stocks: Options, Bottom-Play Updates & More

Options Updates

We formulated our first options ideas of the week yesterday morning, and unsurprisingly, we hit on each and every one of them. Our acumen when it comes to identifying quick-strike options plays is really top-drawer, a fact to which any of our regular readers can attest.

Bank of America Corp. BAC

We took note of BAC 07/15 $15 Calls yesterday, which had extremely high open interest to the point of suspicion on our part. We were right  to want to follow the money in this case, because despite the fact that we have designated this a longer-term play, the potential returns were instant. Those contracts traded up from .51-.71 for possible gains of up to 39% on the day.

We’re certain that our observed range is going to increase even further with BAC having cracked the $15-mark here in the premarket this morning. Should the stock follow up yesterday’s session with another bullish performance, things could get very interesting, very quickly.


ProShares Short VIX Short-Term Futures SVXY– Our targets here were the SVXY Weekly $53.50-55 Calls and despite the SVXY closing slightly down on the day, we first witnessed some nice intraday moves to the upside that facilitated opportunities for the following gains:

$53.50 Calls – Trading Range: 1.60-2.10 – Max Gain: 31%
$54 Calls – Trading Range: 1.50-1.70 – Max Gain: 13%
$54.50 Calls– Trading Range: 1.10-1.65 – Max Gain: 50%
$55 Calls – Trading Range: .74-1.25 – Max Gain: 69%


We won’t leave you hanging solely with an update from yesterday’s action- we’ve got a couple of fresh ranges to monitor in the GM and UA options chains as well. In both cases we’ve got stocks that are gapping up on the strength of earnings beat this morning. Our corresponding ideas are as follows:

General Motors Co. GM – Weekly $32-34 Calls

Under Armour, Inc. UA – Weekly $45-48 Calls

Bottom-Watchlist Update

We placed RNVA and CLMT on a bottom-watchlist at the end of yesterday morning’s premarket report, following a newly registered 52-week low for each of them on Tuesday. We just wanted to rehash those ideas this morning, as both plays rebounded off of their lows in a stroke of excellent timing on our part.

Rennova Health, Inc. RNVA traded in a range from .57-.70, an intraday gain of 23%, while Calumet Specialty Products Partners CLMT made a 16% move from 4.64-5.39.

Now we’ll just want to verify the reversal in each case by monitoring the stocks in sessions to come for telltale signs of a continued recovery.


We’re also going to signal interest in The ONE Group Hospitality, Inc. STKS for an extended-term bottom-watch.

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