The bulls are trying to push their winning streak to 3-straight sessions as they have the lead heading into the second half of trading. The market got some better-than-expected economic news and earnings have also been positive which has kept the bears at arm’s length.
After a slow start, the Dow is up 47 points to 12,731 while the S&P 500 is showing an advance of 6 points to 1,352 as the bulls look to close above this level today. The Nasdaq is gaining 16 points and is at 2,859.
In earnings news, Fossil (FOSL, $105.72, up $11.72) is up 12% after smashing Wall Street’s estimates. The company reported earnings of $55.8 million, or $0.86 a share, versus $35.9 million, or $0.53 a share, in the year ago period. Revenue was up over 35% to $537 million. Analysts were looking for earnings of $0.66 a share on revenue of $512 million. Shares of Fossil are at all-time highs.
We highlighted Fossil’s earnings in our Weekly Wrap as one of the stocks that could move 10% this week. Shares closed at $94 yesterday and a 10% move would have put the stock over $100, or under $85. Bingo. For traders that like to play earnings, the Fossil May 100 calls (FOSL110521C00100000, $7.00, up $5.50) were trading at $1.50 going into yesterday’s close and are up 365%.
As a strangle option trade, you could have bought both the May 100 calls and the Fossil May 90 puts (FOSL110521P00090000, $0.10, down $2.10) for about $3.70 and still made money. Although the puts will probably expire worthless, the trade would have made 90% overall.
Strangle trades are also known as “chicken trades” because you are unsure on what direction the stock might move. However, if you feel shares of a company could move 10% on an earnings announcement then these types of trades can pay off if the premiums aren’t too high. Of course, they won’t make as much as a directional trade but it gives you the luxury of being “wrong” on which way shares might move.
We show you step-by-step how to do these types of trades and how to play earnings in our option trading manual, How to Trade options on Momentum Stocks. The trading manual has been a big hit with our subscribers and we added the Weekly Wrap to compliment the course. We are working on our next video for trading course which should be ready in the next week or two.
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