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Possible New Trades

Posted by mounddweller on May 20, 2012

Fellow Traders,

OK, I promise this is my last post of the day.  Four in one day is enough.  In this post I want to share a few of the trades I’m considering in the week coming up.

First, is Freeport-McMoRan Copper and Gold (FCX).  It closed Friday at $31.81.  Over the past two years it has bounced off of support at $30 twice.  The JUN $30 puts are at $0.94 bid.  The $29 puts are at $0.69 bid.

Second, is British Petroleum (BP).  It closed Friday at $37.10.  Other than during its Gulf of Mexico crisis a couple of years ago it has exhibited good support at $35.  The $34 put is at $0.40 bid.  My buddy Ed didn’t have much good to say about BP so I’m leary of this one.  However, someone who likes BP might find this to be a good trade.

Last, but certainly not least is Applied Materials (AMAT).  Some of you may recall I traded this one at the beginning of the year.  In that trade when AMAT was at $10.21 I sold the JAN13 $10 puts at $1.57.  One month later I bought to close the puts for $0.75.  AMAT is now back down $10.36.  The JAN13 $10 put is at $1.07 bid.  I like AMAT at $10 or less.  With this trade I make over 10% ROIC if I don’t have the stock put to me.  If I do have the stock put to me at $10, I will own it at a net cost of $8.11 (10 + 1.57 – 0.75 + 1.07).  With an annual dividend of $0.36 and a net cost of $8.11 I would own AMAT with a dividend yield of 4.4%.  I like this trade.

Other stocks I’m keeping my eye on if the market continues lower include: WM, INTC, ADI, GLW, WAG, and MCD.




2 Responses to “Possible New Trades”

  1. Chester said

    jnj and pg are at interesting points right now….the 57.5’s are money in the bank if you have a longer timeline

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