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Daily Newsletter, Thursday, 8/21/2014

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  1. Market Wrap
  2. New Option Plays
  3. In Play Updates and Reviews

Market Wrap

Good Data Brings Fresh Highs

by Thomas Hughes

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A round of better than expected economic data lifted the markets to new highs in another day of light trading.

Introduction

A massive round of global economic data helped propel the equity markets to new highs today. Although there is still lingering softness in some regions, on a whole flash PMI readings from around the world show that the global economy is still expanding.

In Asia stocks were mixed as Chinese PMI dipped to a three month low of 50.5 and Japan's expanded more than expected to 52 from 50. European indices closed higher as PMI readings show that Germany is not slowing as much as feared and that France may be stabilizing. The news was enough to get the futures trading higher by a few points. Domestic data was even better, showing a surprise gain in several key monthly reports. Geopolitics was nowhere to be seen in today's action.

Market Statistics

Trading was light all day today but enough to get the indices up to new highs. The SPX opened marginally higher and gained 3 points in the first couple of minutes and 6 points by 10AM. There was a little resistance at the previous all time intraday high but after a quick retracement to today's opening levels the SPX marched right on up and through to a new high. Action in the other indices was much the same. There was a brief test of near term support and then a move to make a new high. The Dow Jones Transportation Average was the only major index that did not close in the green.

Economic Calendar

The Economy

Like I said, there was a massive round of data today that included 3 key US reports on top of the global flash PMI's and the weekly jobless claims. Initial claims for unemployment was the first to hit the wires , dropping -14,000, more than expected, to 298,000. Last weeks figure was revised upward by 1,000. The four week moving average also declined but remains above 300,000 for now. On a non adjusted basis claims fell by -20,709 or -7.7%. This is double what the seasonal adjustment factors were anticipating. California leads with 10,107 new claims followed by New York at 1,928. Connecticut and South Carolina have the biggest decreases in claims with -397 and -255 respectively.


Continuing claims fell as well, dropping -49,000 to 2.5 million. This is a new low for this figure dating back to 6/16/2007 and a more solid sign that jobs creation is gaining traction. The drop in this weeks data is a continuation in the long term down trend in claims that has been underway for over 6 months. Based on this figure alone I would expect to see a strong NFP number at the end of the month. The total number of unemployment claims for this week is 2.517 million, 18,965 less than weeks report.


Existing home sales jumped unexpectedly but is in line with housing starts and building permits data released earlier this week. The number of existing homes sold in the US rose to 5.15 million from the previous months 5.03 million. This is ahead of the expected decline to 4.9 million predicted by analysts. Permits, starts and existing sales are all above 5 million units and indicative of some strength in the housing sector. Last months figure was revised slightly higher from just below 5 million to just above.

The Index of Leading Indicators rose more than expected as well. The index, as prepared by the Conference Board, gained 0.9% last month suggesting that this month is growing at a rate greater than previously expected. This is ahead of the previous months reading of 0.6% and the expected gain of 0.7%. An economist at The Conference Board is quoted in the report saying “The LEI improved sharply in July, suggesting that the economy is gaining traction and growth should continue at a strong pace for the remainder of the year,” This statement echoes a similar statement given by Mark Zandi and Moody's in their weekly Survey of Business Confidence. The Coincident and Lagging indices also gained in this months reading suggesting that last month was also stronger than expected.

The Philadelphia Federal Reserve Survey of Business Conditions in the northeast also expanded more than expected. The index measuring the survey gained more than four points, rising from 23.9 to 28. This is the third month of expansion in the region. New orders, shipments and employment remain positive although they have all fallen from last month's levels. The future oriented leading components of the survey were all positive suggesting strength through the end of the year and into next.

Federal Reserve President Williams from California made some statements about interest rate hikes today. The remarks were not much different than what we've been hearing except they may be a little more dovish. He says that a rate hike in the summer of 2015 is a “reasonable guess”. I guess, that seems a little late compared to other indications it would happened before the end of the second half. He of course said that the fed would be and needed to be “data dependent”. The data shows that the economy is expanding and gaining traction, Williams himself said that the San Francisco Bay area was “booming” on many levels.

Janet Yellen is scheduled to speak tomorrow at the Jackson Hole conference.

The Oil Index

Oil prices firmed some today. The positive economic data helped to put a positive spin on future demand expectations even as global supply increases. Two such headlines in today's news include Libya and North Dakota. In Libya production continues to ramp up and now the largest port facility, which had been closed for many months due to political violence, is back in action. At the same time the North Dakota Bakken shale region reported a record month of production in June. WTI gained about 0.75% while Brent gained only about 0.5%.

The Oil Index gained about 0.35% in today's action. Low oil prices haven't hurt investor appetite for oil producers to badly. The index extended its move up from the short term moving average and is now trading above resistance at a previous all time high. The index is indicated higher with both MACD and stochastic moving higher, although neither are very strong at this time. There is resistance just above the current level around 17,000 which may keep prices contained in the near to short term.


The Gold Index

Gold dropped today. Spot gold was down over $15 in the earliest part of today's session and lost as much as $21 on an intraday basis. The geopolitical driver of the flight to safety was absent from the market while at the same time strong economic data led to a stronger dollar which equals weaker gold prices. Gold is not trading below $1280 and could move lower. The long term low in gold is just above $1190, nearly $100 below the current level, but I think that there will be some fairly strong support kicking in between $1225 and $1250, if prices even get that low. The market is currently trading just above $1275 which may also prove to be solid support. This is the level from which gold prices rocketed this past June when the Ukraine/Russia situation sent waves of fear through the market.

The Gold Index also fell today, dropping more than 2% on an intraday basis. Today's action initially broke the short term 30 day moving average but did not hold the break. This is not too surprising as the index is still within a tight range and zone of support and resistance. The indicators have just turned bearish and are giving a trend following sell signal. However, the caveat now is that the long term 150 day moving average is now just below the lower range of support in which the index has been trading. This may provide a rocky beach for whatever bearish wave crashes against it and could pause, halt or even reverse the index movement. On the other hand, gold prices are now below the average realized price received by the major gold miners last quarter and will hurt revenue and earnings if they remain where they are. If gold prices decline further, which could easily happen, the index will likely decline as well. The long term trends in gold and the index are down but I am vary wary of the current signal until a break below support and the long term moving average confirms it.


In The News, Story Stocks and Earnings

Bank Of American agreed to pay $17 billion to the Justice Department to settle charges dating back to the mortgage crisis and financial melt down. The charges were related to mortgages sold by Countrywide and Merril Lynch, mortgages that Bank Of America became responsible for when they took over those two companies as part of the whole bank bail out scenario. This latest settlement is the largest in US history and brings the cost of the mortgage crisis for BAC up to $80 million. The news was taken very well by the market as this is the last of any major damages to be incurred by the bank due to the past crisis. Shares of BAC jumped more than 4% today, breaking a long term resistance level.


Ebay shares got a big boost today when a new report suggested that there could be a PayPal spin off as early as next year. Independent news website TheInformation reported that executive candidates being screened to head up the PayPal business within Ebay are being cautioned that a spin off was a possibility in the near future. There are no details about when of how a spin off would take place or any official comments from Ebay itself. The news was enough to get the stock moving, sending it up more than 5% on an intraday basis. The move was halted by long term resistance which capped the move at just over 4.5%. The indicators are weak as is the news, so I don't think this is going to have much of a lasting effect unless, or maybe I should until, more concrete details come out.


Gap stores reported earnings after the bell today. The company reported revenues and earnings above expectations on a 3% rise in sales. Revenues were only slightly above estimates, earnings of $0.75 a little more so. The consensus estimate was around $0.69. The improvements were enough for company executives to raise full year guidance to the upper end of the previously estimated range. Shares climbed in after hours trading but are still below long term resistance.


At least 6 other clothing retailers reported today including Ross Stores, Cato and Aeropostale. The results were generally good but for some reason did not garner much attention from the media. There are some areas of weakness in the group still but that is the same across the market in general. Some are doing well, some really well, and others not so much. Ross Stores and Cato both beat expectations on stronger sales and were both able to increase full year guidance. Teen retailer Aeropostale was not as fortunate and lowered guidance. In between New York & Co was able to improve operations across its stores to reach a break even, much better than last years net operating loss. The Retail Spyder XRT traded down today in a move that appears to be confirming near term support. The ETF has been moving up toward the top of a long term range and is now within striking distance of that top. The indicators are bullish and gaining strength, suggesting that the ETF will indeed reach that level.


The Indices

The S&P 500 and NASDAQ Composite both reached new highs today and yet the transportation sector lost ground. The Dow Jones Transportation Average was the only of the major indices to close in negative territory today. The trannies lost -0.32%, dropping from resistance at the current all time high set last month. The indicators are bullish, strong and on the rise so it looks like the trannies could break out over the next few days if nothing crops up to spook the market.


The Dow Jones Industrial Average trade to the upside today, gaining 0.36%. The blue chips extended their move up from long term support are now approaching the current all time high level. The indicators here are also bullish, strong and on the rise so it looks likely the index will retest the high in the near term. If the trannies are any indication, the Dow will likely pause when it reaches resistance. This pause could last until the summer vacation is over and trading volume returns but that could really be any day now.


The S&P 500 gained 0.29% today, or about 6 points, setting a new all time intraday and new all time closing high in the process. The broad index is also showing some strength with rising momentum and strong stochastic despite the low trading volume of late. This is the 8th up day out of 10 and the 10th day the market has moved upward in a near straight line. This appears to be steady buying in the market and could be setting us up for a longer term movement. The trend is up and the current signal is a long term trend following buy that has been worth between 150 and 200 points in the past. The current bounce from the recent low to today has already produced 80 points of movement leaving up to 120 points more to go with a 2-3 month time horizon. Today's break to new highs was not very strong so there could be some backing and filling along this level or even a small pullback. Short and long term support is a short distance below the current index level around the 1960 region which is where I might look to get in if such a move were to happen.


The NASDAQ Composite closed in the green and set a new high today as well. The tech heavy index gained 0.12% in today's session after dipping into negative territory during the morning hours. Today's movement was not very strong and is the third day the index has traded at this level. Price action over the past three days appears to be a near term consolidation following the bounce from the long term moving average and could lead to another 100 points on the NASDAQ if it plays out. The trend is up, the indicators are strong and consistent with a rising market so I am expecting this index to move higher too.


Today's market action was not very strong but that is most likely due to light trade volumes. The economic data was pretty good and would likely have produced a stronger reaction otherwise. Regardless, the data is in line with the long term trend and pointing to a growing economy. These are the same trends that have driven the indices to new high after new high since breaking out of the secular bear market last year. I can't really think of a reason to be a seller right now, except for profit taking, and that may be enough reason for the market to keep moving higher, even on light volume. If no one is selling, or not many, it won't take very many buyers to drive the markets higher. Eventually market volumes will pick back up and then we'll know for sure. There is no economic data scheduled for tomorrow and only 6 earnings reports.

Until then, remember the trend!

Thomas Hughes


New Option Plays

Eyes Turn Toward Wyoming

by James Brown

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Editor's Note:

The stock market's rally continued in the absence of any significant headlines. Investors are betting that Federal Reserve Chairman Janet Yellen will keep her dovish tone when she speaks in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, tomorrow morning.

Financials were showing strength today on news that Bank of America (BAC) finalized a $17 billion settlement with the U.S. government. Noticeably absent from the rally today were previous market leaders the transports and the biotechs.

Geopolitical risk remains in the background. Israel scored a win after killing three senior Hamas commanders in a predawn airstrike today. The U.S. is said to be considering sending troops to Iraq while American fighter jets continue airstrikes against Islamic State terrorists. The idea to send in troops follows the recent beheading of an American journalist by ISIS. It's important to note we're not talking a significant number of American troops. Estimates suggest fewer than 300 soldiers.

Meanwhile the conflict between Russia and Ukraine has cooled a bit. The Russian convoy of 260 trucks supposedly carrying humanitarian aid has been stuck at the Ukraine border for days. Ukraine border guards began inspecting the trucks today. Russian President Putin and Ukraine President Poroshenko are supposed to meet next Tuesday. Hopefully the region stays quiet until then.

We are not adding any new trades tonight. After another week of gains stocks could see some profit taking ahead of the weekend. A lot of market participants are on vacation so volume will likely be low, which could allow for unexpected volatility following Yellen's speech.




In Play Updates and Reviews

Another New High

by James Brown

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Editor's Note:

The S&P 500 index knocked out another new high on Thursday. This was the 28th new record high in 2014.


Current Portfolio:


CALL Play Updates

BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc. - BMRN - close: 69.37 change: -1.29

Stop Loss: 64.75
Target(s): To Be Determined
Current Option Gain/Loss: +25.4%
Average Daily Volume = 1.26 million
Entry on August 14 at $66.55
Listed on August 11, 2014
Time Frame: 8 to 12 weeks
New Positions: see below

Comments:
08/21/14: Biotech stocks underperformed today. BMRN snapped a three-day winning streak with today's -1.8% decline. The nearest support might be the $66.00 level.

Earlier Comments: August 11, 2014:
BMRN is in the healthcare sector, specifically the biotech industry. According to the company's press release they "develop and commercialize innovative biopharmaceuticals for serious diseases and medical conditions. The company's product portfolio comprises five approved products and multiple clinical and pre-clinical product candidates."

The company's strategy is "providing first-in-class or best-in-class treatments for patients with serious unmet medical needs, optimizing powerful biology with demonstrated potential and development clarity, accelerating approval process, strategic pipeline development."

BMRN's current product portfolio looks like this: VIMIZIM™ for Morquio A syndrome (MPS IVA), Naglazyme® for MPS VI, Aldurazyme® for MPS I, Firdapse™ (currently approved in the EU only) for LEMS, KUVAN® Tablets for PKU.

BMRN lists their current clinical pipeline as follows: PEG PAL for PKU, BMN 673 for genetically defined cancers, BMN 701 for Pompe disease, BMN 111 for achondroplasia, BMN 190 for late-infantile neuronal ceroid lipofuscinosis (CLN2), a form of Batten Disease, BMN 270 for hemophilia A and BMN 250 for Sanfilippo Syndrome or MPS IIIB.

The company is developing a trend of beating Wall Street's earnings estimates. Back in February they reported results that bested analysts' estimates by a wide margin. They did it again in May. Wall Street was looking for a loss of 44 cents on revenues of $145.1 million. BMRN reported a loss of just 1 cent with revenues rising +18.5% to $151.6 million. Their most recent earnings report was July 30th. Analysts were expecting a loss of 41 cents on revenues of $159.2 million. BMRN announced a loss of 23 cents with revenues soaring +40.1% to $191.7 million. Furthermore BMRN management raised their 2014 guidance following the July 30th report.

The stock peaked back in February this year. When the market corrected in March most of the high-growth and momentum names were crushed. BMRN was in that group that saw their stock hammered lower. Shares fell from almost $85 to $55.00. Fortunately the $55.00 level has been solid support. Shares have been building a significant base in the $55-65 zone for over three months.

Currently the rebound from its July lows is pushing the stock up against major resistance in the $65.00-66.00 area. This is where BMRN has resistance with its simple 200-dma and its trend line of lower highs. If the stock breaks out it could spark a significant move higher.

Tonight we're suggesting a trigger to buy calls at $66.55. We're not listing an exit target tonight but I will share that the point & figure chart is bullish with a $77.00 target.

- Suggested Positions -

Long Oct $70 call (BMRN141018C70) entry $2.55*

08/20/14 new stop @ 64.75
08/14/14 triggered @ 66.55
*option entry price is an estimate since the option did not trade at the time our play was opened.
Option Format: symbol-year-month-day-call-strike


Concur Technologies - CNQR - close: 100.29 change: -0.20

Stop Loss: 96.90
Target(s): To Be Determined
Current Option Gain/Loss: -10.8%
Average Daily Volume = 576 thousand
Entry on August 19 at $100.50
Listed on August 16, 2014
Time Frame: 8 to 12 weeks
New Positions: see below

Comments:
08/21/14: CNQR continues to consolidate sideways near round-number resistance at the $100.00 mark. The fact that CNQR is not participating in the market's rally is a bit worrisome. I would wait for a dip $98.00 before considering new positions.

Earlier Comments: August 16, 2014:
CNQR is in the technology sector. The company provides travel and expensive management solutions. The company was founded back in 1993. Their focus is helping companies control travel costs. The business has been growing over 23,000 customers and over 25 million users.

The company press release describes Concur as "the leading provider of spend management solutions and services in the world, helping companies of all sizes transform the way they manage spend so they can focus on what matters most. Through Concur's open platform, the entire travel and expense ecosystem of customers, suppliers, and developers can access and extend Concur's T&E cloud. Concur's systems adapt to individual employee preferences and scale to meet the needs of companies from small to large."

There is no denying that it has been a rocky year for CNQR investors. The stock struggled with resistance near $130.00 for over a month earlier this year. When the momentum names corrected lower in March shares of CNQR were crushed. The stock produced a two-month retreat down to $75.00.

Meanwhile earnings continued to improve. When CNQR reported earnings on April 29th they beat estimates by six cents and guided higher for the second quarter. Their most recent earnings report was August 4th. Wall Street expected a profit of $0.16 on revenues of $175.1 million. CNQR delivered a profit of $0.25 with revenues rising +28.6% to $178.4 million. Management also raised their 2014 guidance.

Stocks analysts are starting to notice and a few of them have upgraded their price targets on CNQR into the $110-115 region. If shares of CNQR can breakout past resistance near $100 and its 200-dma then it might sprint towards $110. That's because the stock has a significant chunk of short interest.

The most recent data listed short interest at 12.2% of the relatively small 55.5 million share float. Since the $100 mark is significant resistance a breakout could definitely spark some short covering. The point & figure chart is already bullish and projecting at $108 target.

Tonight we are suggesting a trigger to buy calls at $100.50.

- Suggested Positions -

Long NOV $105 call (CNQR141122C105) entry $5.05*

08/19/14 triggered @ 100.50
*option entry price is an estimate since the option did not trade at the time our play was opened.
Option Format: symbol-year-month-day-call-strike


CVS Caremark Corp. - CVS - close: 78.98 change: -0.63

Stop Loss: 77.25
Target(s): To Be Determined
Current Option Gain/Loss: Unopened
Average Daily Volume = 4.1 million
Entry on August -- at $---.--
Listed on August 19, 2014
Time Frame: 8 to 12 weeks
New Positions: Yes, see below

Comments:
08/21/14: CVS retreated from resistance near $80.00. The stock hit $79.82 and then reversed into a -0.8% decline. We suspect $80 was potential resistance, which is why we put the suggested entry point above resistance at $80.25.

Technically today's decline has produced a bearish engulfing candlestick reversal pattern. We'll have to wait and see if CVS confirms this pattern tomorrow.

Earlier Comments: August 19, 2014:
Where can a company lose $2 billion in annual sales, voluntarily, and be rewarded for it? Evidently the answer is CVS Caremark Corp. Back in February 2014 the company announced they would stop selling cigarettes in all of their 7,700 stores by October this year. That accounted for $2 billion in sales a year. Management felt selling cigarettes didn't line up with the company's mission - to help people with their health.

It makes sense. About 480,000 people die from smoking every year in the United States. 16 million people already have at least one disease from smoking. Investors may have been concerned initially but CVS' most recent earnings report should remove any worries. CVS is focusing on building out their MinuteClinic busniess, their specialty pharmacy services, and capturing their share of the millions of new healthcare members through Obamacare. It seems to be working. CVS' MinuteClinic sees four million visitors a year. The company has 64 million pharmacy benefit plan members.

According to a company press release, "CVS Caremark is dedicated to helping people on their path to better health as the largest integrated pharmacy company in the United States. Through the Company's more than 7,700 retail pharmacy stores; its leading pharmacy benefit manager serving nearly 65 million plan members; and its retail health clinic system, the largest in the nation with more than 860 MinuteClinic locations, it is a market leader in mail order, retail and specialty pharmacy, retail clinics, and Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Plans. As a pharmacy innovation company, CVS Caremark continually strives to improve health and lower costs by developing new approaches such as its unique Pharmacy Advisor program that helps people with chronic diseases such as diabetes obtain and stay on their medications.

CVS is in a good position if you consider the demographics of the U.S. Right now there are 10,000 people a day turning 65 years old. An older population needs more healthcare services and more prescriptions. CVS plans to capitalize on this growing trend.

The company's most recent earnings report was August 5th. Analysts were expecting a profit of $1.10 a share on revenues of $33.52 billion. CVS reported earnings of $1.13 a share. That beat estimates and represents +16.5% growth from a year ago. Revenues were up +11% to $34.6 billion. Same-store sales in the second quarter were +3.3%, which beat rival Walgreen's (WAG) +2.2% growth. CVS management sees this bullish momentum continuing and raised their 2014 earnings guidance.

In their earnings press release CVS was pretty optimistic:

President and Chief Executive Officer Larry Merlo stated, "I'm extremely pleased with our strong performance this quarter. With Adjusted EPS increasing 16.5%, we came in two cents above the high end of our expectations. This was fueled by solid results across the enterprise, as both the PBM and retail businesses exceeded revenue expectations while delivering strong gross margins. Operating profit in the PBM increased 30%, exceeding expectations, while operating profit in the retail business grew 6.5%, at the high end of our expectations." Mr. Merlo continued, "Additionally, we have generated significant free cash flow through the first half of this year. Between dividends and share repurchases, we have returned $2.6 billion to our shareholders year-to-date, and remain on track to achieve our goal of returning more than $5 billion in 2014."

Following this earnings report Wall Street applauded. Several firms updated their outlook on the stock. Many were raising their CVS price targets in the $85, $86 and $88 range. The point & figure chart is a lot more optimistic and currently forecasting a $102.00 target.

Currently shares of CVS are hovering just below resistance at $80.00. We are suggesting a trigger to buy calls at $80.25.

Trigger @ $80.25

- Suggested Positions -

Buy the NOV $80 call (CVS141122C80)

Option Format: symbol-year-month-day-call-strike


Expedia Inc. - EXPE - close: 86.99 change: +0.84

Stop Loss: 81.80
Target(s): To Be Determined
Current Option Gain/Loss: - 4.5%
Average Daily Volume = 2.3 million
Entry on August 18 at $86.25
Listed on August 16, 2014
Time Frame: 8 to 12 weeks
New Positions: see below

Comments:
08/21/14: EXPE displayed relative strength with a +0.9% gain versus the NASDAQ's +0.1% rise. More conservative investors may want to start raising their stop loss.

Earlier Comments: August 16, 2014:
EXPE is in the services sector. The company is in the super competitive online travel industry with rivals like Priceline.com (PCLN) and Orbitz Worldwide (OWW).

EXPE is developing a serious trend of beating analysts' estimates with strong profit and revenue growth. EXPE last reported earnings on July 31st. Analysts were expecting a profit of $0.75 a share on revenues of $1.44 billion. EXPE blew those numbers away with a profit of $1.03 a share. Revenues soared +24.0% to $1.49 billion. That's up from $1.2 billion the prior quarter. EXPE has now delivered double-digit year over year revenue growth for six quarters in a row.

EXPE's bookings continue to soar. Gross bookings were up +29%. Domestic gross bookings were up +35% and international gross bookings rose +21%. Both hotel revenues and air travel revenues were up more than +20% each.

Last time we traded EXPE we noted that Billionaire hedge fund manager David Tepper's Appaloosa Management is also bullish on EXPE. The latest 13F filing showed that Appaloosa had initiated a new stake in EXPE in the first quarter of 2014. In the second quarter Appaloosa added another 201,000 shares of EXPE.

The stock popped on its earnings results but have since spent the last two weeks digesting gains in a sideways consolidation. Now it looks like EXPE is poised to breakout and could make a run towards the $95-$100 area. The point & figure chart is bullish and forecasting at $105 target.

Tonight we are suggesting a trigger to buy calls at $86.25.

- Suggested Positions -

Long NOV $90 call (EXPE141122C90) entry $4.40

08/18/14 triggered @ 86.25
Option Format: symbol-year-month-day-call-strike


Gilead Sciences, Inc. - GILD - close: 102.27 change: +1.48

Stop Loss: 93.45
Target(s): To Be Determined
Current Option Gain/Loss: +136.4%
Average Daily Volume = 14.1 million
Entry on July 29 at $92.25
Listed on July 28, 2014
Time Frame: 8 to 12 weeks
New Positions: see below

Comments:
08/21/14: The bulls are not giving up in GILD. After yesterday's intraday pullback GILD look poised for a dip. There was no follow through lower today. Shares bounced with a +1.46% gain and a new all-time closing high.

Readers may want to consider taking some money off the table here. I am not suggesting new positions at this time.

Earlier Comments: July 28, 2014:
GILD seems to be everyone's favorite biotech stock. I only hear bullish opinions about the future of the company, and for good reason. They have some pretty amazing treatments with products for HIV/AIDS, liver diseases, oncology, cardiovascular, respiratory, and more. GILD has essentially revolutionized how we treat major diseases like HIV and Hepatitis C.

According to the company website, "Gilead Sciences, Inc. is a research-based biopharmaceutical company that discovers, develops and commercializes innovative medicines in areas of unmet medical need. We strive to transform and simplify care for people with life-threatening illnesses around the world. Gilead's portfolio of products and pipeline of investigational drugs includes treatments for HIV/AIDS, liver diseases, cancer and inflammation, and serious respiratory and cardiovascular conditions."

This year everyone has been raving over GILD's hepatitis C treatment called Sovaldi. Hepatitis C is a form of viral hepatitis that causes chronic inflammation of the liver. About 185 million people currently suffer with hepatitis C. Previously the most common treatment for hepatitis C had serious side effects and was less than 50% successful. GILD changed that with their Sovaldi drug that not only treats the symptoms but actually cures the patient. The company has drawn some negative publicity over the cost since GILD charges $84,000 for a 12-week course of Sovaldi in the United States. The fact that 80% to 90% of patients who take Sovaldi are cured is a major milestone.

The Financial Times noted that before Sovaldi the impact of hepatitis C in the U.S. took a heavy toll on the healthcare system. The disease can lead to liver failure and cancer, both of which cost significantly more than Sovaldi's $84,000 price target. Hepatitis C is the leading cause for liver transplants in the U.S., which can cost a minimum of $145,000. One consulting firm estimated that the annual cost of hepatitis C to the U.S. healthcare system was going to surge from $30 billion to $85 billion in the next twenty years. Sovaldi has the potential to change. that.

Stocks move on earnings and GILD has plenty of them. They company last reported on July 23rd. Wall Street was expecting a profit of $1.80 a share on revenues of $5.86 billion for the second quarter. GILD delivered a profit of $2.36 a share with revenues soaring +136% to $6.53 billion. Last quarter Sovaldi accounted for $3.5 billion in sales. Management issued bullish guidance on revenues and margins.

GILD has also had good news with both the FDA and the European Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use approving GILD's Zydelig treatment for chronic lymphocytic leukemia and follicular lymphoma. The European committee's decision will now be sent to the full European Commission and if approved will open up Zydelig to all 28 countries in the EU.

The outlook is pretty bullish for GILD. Traders just bought the dip and shares closed at all-time highs. Today's intraday high was $91.73. We are suggesting a trigger to buy calls at $92.25. We are not setting an exit target tonight but I will point out the point & figure chart is bullish with a $106.00 target. I am concerned that the $100.00 level could be temporary resistance for GILD. We'll have to wait and see.

- Suggested Positions -

Long Oct $95 call (GILD141018C95) entry $3.70*

08/16/14 new stop @ 93.45
Investors will want to seriously consider taking profits now with GILD testing potential resistance at the $100.00 mark.
08/14/14 new stop @ 89.95
Investors may want to consider taking money off the table as GILD nears the $99-100 zone.
07/29/14 triggered @ 92.25
*option entry price is an estimate since the option did not trade at the time our play was opened.
Option Format: symbol-year-month-day-call-strike


Isis Pharmaceuticals - ISIS - close: 34.17 change: -1.11

Stop Loss: 33.85
Target(s): To Be Determined
Current Option Gain/Loss: -24.3%
Average Daily Volume = 1.5 million
Entry on August 13 at $35.25
Listed on August 12, 2014
Time Frame: 12 to 15 weeks
New Positions: see below

Comments:
08/21/14: The correction in ISIS continues with shares down -3.1% and off five days in a row. The relative weakness in ISIS is disappointing and we're turning more defensive tonight. We'll move the stop loss to $33.85. I am not suggesting new positions.

Earlier Comments: August 12, 2014:
Science has discovered that some diseases are caused by certain proteins. Some biotech firms are using RNA-targeted technology to focus on those proteins and find a treatment. ISIS is one such company.

According to their website, ISIS is "the leading company in antisense drug discovery and development, exploiting a novel drug discovery platform we created to generate a broad pipeline of first-in-class drugs. Antisense technology provides a direct route from genomics to drugs. With our highly efficient and prolific drug discovery platform we can expand our pipeline and our partners' pipelines with antisense drugs that address significant medical needs. Our strategy is to do what we do best—to discover unique antisense drugs and develop these drugs to key clinical value inflection points."

The company has a significant number of drugs in development. You can see a list of ISIS' pipeline on this webpage. They currently have over 30 drugs in progress. The depth and scale of their pipeline makes ISIS a potential takeover target from bigger drug or biotech firms. Gilead Sciences and Biogen Idec have been rumored as potential suitors.

Lately the headlines have been full of the world's worst Ebola outbreak in history. Biotech stocks are grabbing investor attention as companies search for a treatment. Whenever one biotech firm makes positive headlines it tends to create a halo effect that buoys the rest of the group.

The stock peaked back in February this year after ISIS reported positive results on a treatment for children with spinal muscular atrophy. After soaring from $8.00 in the prior 18 months traders sold this news near $60.00. A few days later in March all the high-growth and momentum names were crushed. The correction was exceptionally tough on ISIS. The stock plunged from $60 in February to $23 in May. Their Q1 results in early May didn't help. Results were in-line but revenues were down 35% from a year ago to $28.2 million. Their most recent earnings report on August 4th was much better. ISIS missed Wall Street's estimate for a loss of 10 cents a share by 1 cent. However, revenues soared +49.8% to $57.1 million, which was significantly above expectations.

ISIS explained that the big swings in their revenues are normal. According to their press release, "Isis' revenue fluctuates based on the nature and timing of payments under agreements with its partners and consists primarily of revenue from the amortization of upfront fees, milestone payments and license fees. Isis' revenue from the amortization of payments from its partners was $31.4 million in the first half of 2014, compared to $19.2 million for the same period in 2013." You can see they made significant improvement from 2013 to 2014.

ISIS is getting closer to several drugs completing their final Phase 3 clinical trials before being approved for market. The company said,

We have initiated the Phase 3 program for ISIS-SMNRx to treat patients with spinal muscular atrophy. Our Phase 3 clinical study of ISIS-TTRRx in patients with the polyneuropathy form of transthyretin amyloidosis is enrolling well and patients who have completed the controlled portion of the study can continue to receive treatment in our open-label extension study. Also this year, we plan to initiate the Phase 3 program for ISIS-APOCIIIRx to treat patients with severely elevated triglyceride levels with the first study starting very shortly," said B. Lynne Parshall, chief operating officer of Isis. "By the end of the year, we plan to be conducting Phase 3 programs on a number of different drugs to treat important genetically driven diseases for which antisense may offer a unique therapeutic approach."

It looks like the stock has made a bottom in July. Shares have pushed through several key moving averages in the last couple of weeks. If this continues ISIS could see some short covering. The most recent data listed short interest at 10% of the 117.9 million share float. The Point & Figure chart is bullish and forecasting at $46.00 target.

Tonight we are suggesting a trigger to open bullish positions at $35.25. If triggered we'll try and limit our risk with a stop loss at $31.85. I will point out that ISIS does have resistance in the $37.50 area including its simple 200-dma. We're expecting the stock to break through it. More conservative investors might want to wait for ISIS to close above $38.00 before considering new positions.

- Suggested Positions -

Long 2015 Jan $40 call (ISIS150117C40) entry $4.10

08/21/14 new stop @ 33.85
08/13/14 triggered @ 35.25
Option Format: symbol-year-month-day-call-strike


Transportation ETF - IYT - close: 150.97 change: -0.63

Stop Loss: 144.75
Target(s): To Be Determined
Current Option Gain/Loss: +32.6%
Average Daily Volume = 276 thousand
Entry on August 11 at $146.03
Listed on August 09, 2014
Time Frame: 8 to 12 weeks
New Positions: see below

Comments:
08/21/14: IYT tagged $152.00 this morning before retreating into a -0.4% decline. I have been cautioning readers that IYT was nearing resistance at its July highs and due for a pullback. This could be the beginning of some profit taking. I am not suggesting new positions at this time.

Earlier Comments: August 9, 2014:
In tonight's market commentary Jim pointed out the bounce in the Dow Jones Transportation Average ($TRAN). The transportation group has been leading the market higher for months with a series of new all-time highs. The group was hit with some profit taking in the last two and a half weeks. Even with a 500-point (about -6%) pullback in the $TRAN index it's still up +9.3% for the year. Now that group is bouncing.

One way to play the transports is the iShares transportation ETF (symbol: IYT). This ETF tries to mimic the performance of the Dow Jones Transportation Average. The top ten holdings in this ETF are:

(FDX) FedEx - delivery services
(KEX) Kirby Corp. - marine transportation
(KSU) Kansas City Southern - railroads
(UPS) United Parcel Service - delivery services
(NSC) Norfolk Southern - railroads
(UNP) Union Pacific Corp. - railroads
(CHRW) C.H. Robinson Worldwide - trucking
(R) Ryder System Inc. - transportation services
(CNW) CON-WAY Inc. - trucking
(JBHT) J.B. Hunt Transport Services - trucking

If the U.S. economy continues to improve as so many expect it will then the transports should be a major beneficiary. We should take advantage of this pullback in the transports and buy this bounce from support.

The IYT has been bouncing from technical support at its rising 100-dma for months. It bounced off the 100-dma in October 2013, February 2014, April 2014, and almost hit it again on Friday morning before bouncing.

Tonight we're suggesting traders buy calls now following Friday's bouncing with a stop loss at $141.90, just under the 100-dma. More conservative traders may want to consider an alternative entry point and wait for a rise past $146.25 instead.

- Suggested Positions -

Long 2015 Jan $150 call (IYT150117C150) entry $4.60

08/20/14 new stop @ 144.75
08/11/14 trade begins. IYT gaps higher at $146.03
Option Format: symbol-year-month-day-call-strike


LyondellBasell Industries - LYB - close: 112.30 change: +0.83

Stop Loss: 107.40
Target(s): To Be Determined
Current Option Gain/Loss: +24.0%
Average Daily Volume = 2.5 million
Entry on August 15 at $110.50
Listed on August 04, 2014
Time Frame: 8 to 12 weeks
New Positions: see below

Comments:
08/21/14: Traders bought the dip in LYB this morning near $111.50. The stock managed to tag a new high and outperformed the major indices with a +0.7% gain. If the market sees any weakness tomorrow we can watch LYB for support near $110. Investors may want to start raising their stop loss.

Earlier Comments: August 4, 2014:
One way to play the shale-gas boom in the U.S. is plastics. The bloom of natural gas production has been a huge blessing for LYB. According to the company's website, "We participate in the entire petrochemical value chain, from refining to specialized petrochemical product end uses. We are the largest producer of polypropylene and polypropylene compounds; a leading producer of propylene oxide, polyethylene, ethylene and propylene; a global leader in polyolefins technology; and a producer of refined products, including biofuels. Additionally, LyondellBasell is a leading provider of technology licenses and a supplier of catalysts for polyolefin production."

The recent spike in LYB's stock price was a reaction to better than expected earnings results. Wall Street was looking for LYB to deliver a profit of $1.93 a share on revenues of $11.5 billion. LYB surpassed expectations with a profit of $2.22 a share with revenues rising +9.1% to $12.12 billion.

The stock has been an earnings machine with rising earnings the last four years in a row. Analysts are now estimating LYB will see earnings rise 11% in 2014 and 16% in 2015. Jefferies recently raised their price target on LYB from $120 to $125 as they upgraded their EPS estimates on the company.

After a strong rally from $100 to $110 in mid July the stock was short-term overbought and due for a pullback. Traders jumped in to buy the dip near LYB's simple 10-dma last week. Now LYB is rebounding higher.

More aggressive traders may want to buy the bounce today. We are suggesting a trigger to buy calls at $110.50 since the July high is $110.38.

FYI: For more background on the LYB story Forbes.com has a great article that you might find interest. You can read it here.

- Suggested Positions -

Long DEC $115 call (LYB141220C115) entry $2.50*

08/15/14 triggered @ 110.50
*option entry price is an estimate since the option did not trade at the time our play was opened.
08/14/14 adjust the stop loss to $107.40 (trade not open yet)
08/14/14 LYB almost hit our trigger but failed at $110.49
Option Format: symbol-year-month-day-call-strike


Palo Alto Networks, Inc. - PANW - close: 84.94 change: -0.03

Stop Loss: 79.90
Target(s): To Be Determined
Current Option Gain/Loss: +28.1%
Average Daily Volume = 1.3 million
Entry on August 04 at $80.50
Listed on July 30, 2014
Time Frame: Exit PRIOR to earnings on Sept. 9th
New Positions: see below

Comments:
08/21/14: Bullish analyst comments on PANW failed to lift shares today. The fact that PANW is not participating in the market's rally is worrisome. Investors may want to consider scaling down their position size.

More conservative traders may want to raise their stop loss. I am not suggesting new positions at this time.

Earlier Comments: July 30, 2014:
Customer data mining is big business. It doesn't matter of the company is online or a bricks and mortar store they want to know all they can about you. Who are you? How old are you? What zip code do you live? They track your purchases and store your credit card data.

Last year retail giant Target (TGT) disclosed a cyber breach that affected up to 110 million customers to potentially having their credit card data stolen. Months later, Target's president and CEO resigned over the fiasco. Target isn't the only one being targeted. The University of Maryland recently disclosed an online security breach. The number of cyber attacks on small business doubled last year.

Sadly it's only getting worse. The Justice Department called the online landscape for cyber threats and hacking extremely dangerous. They used the term "pre-9/11 moment" suggesting that any day now someone could launch a massive cyber attack. The government is worried about protecting our infrastructure and electrical grid. Corporate America wants to protect their data (and your data). That's why cyber security is big business and getting bigger.

PANW is making a splash in the security world. The stock IPO'd in 2012 and while it has been a rocky ride so far the company seems to have found its groove. Founded in 2005 and headquartered in Santa Clara, California, PANW describes their company as, "leading a new era in cybersecurity by protecting thousands of enterprise, government, and service provider networks from cyber threats. Unlike fragmented legacy products, our security platform safely enables business operations and delivers protection based on what matters most in today's dynamic computing environments: applications, users, and content."

More than 70 of the Fortune 100 companies use PANW's products and services. In 2013 PANW saw revenues grow +55% year over year, outpacing their rivals. They have added more than 1,000 customers per quarter for the last ten quarters in a row. PANW most recently reported earnings on May 28th and said it was their "highest rate of new customer acquisition in our history and now serve more than 17,000 customers."

Another important event last quarter was the settlement of a three-year patent lawsuit with rival Juniper Networks (JNPR). Resolving this issue has removed a significant black cloud over PANW.

Wall Street has noticed. The last few weeks have seen a number of price target upgrades. Deutsche Bank upped their PANW price target to $95.00. Goldman Sachs raised their price target to $97.00. Morgan Stanley is forecasting at PANW price target of $105.00.

Shares of PANW have rallied back toward their all-time highs set just five weeks ago. A bullish breakout appears imminent. Tonight we're suggesting a trigger to buy calls at $84.55. More conservative investors might want to consider waiting for a new high above $85.80.

Keep in mind that PANW is scheduled to report earnings on September 9th and we will likely exit prior to the announcement.

- Suggested Positions -

Long SEP $85 (PANW140920C85) entry $3.20*

08/13/14 new stop @ 79.90
08/04/14 triggered @ 80.50
*option entry price is an estimate since the option did not trade at the time our play was opened.
08/02/14 Strategy update: Move the entry trigger from $84.55 to $80.50 and move the stop loss from $79.65 to $76.75.
Adjust the option strike from Sep $90 call to Sep $85 call
Option Format: symbol-year-month-day-call-strike


Schlumberger Limited - SLB - close: 109.44 change: -0.41

Stop Loss: 107.45
Target(s): To Be Determined
Current Option Gain/Loss: Unopened
Average Daily Volume = 5.5 million
Entry on August -- at $---.--
Listed on August 20, 2014
Time Frame: 8 to 12 weeks
New Positions: Yes, see below

Comments:
08/21/14: Thursday ended up a quiet session for SLB. The stock consolidated sideways under resistance near $110. There is no change from last night's new play description.

Earlier Comments: August 20, 2014:
Consistent earnings growth is what investors like to see. SLB has done it eleven quarters in a row. The company is considered best in breed for the oil services industry. This past weekend Barron's ran a story on SLB and suggested the stock has +50% upside (or more) from current levels. That's because SLB has made several acquisitions in North America and is now a major player in the U.S. hydraulic fracking boom.

According to the company's website, "Schlumberger is the world's leading supplier of technology, integrated project management and information solutions to customers working in the oil and gas industry worldwide. Employing approximately 126,000 people representing over 140 nationalities and working in more than 85 countries, Schlumberger provides the industry's widest range of products and services from exploration through production."

As mentioned above SLB has beaten Wall Street's bottom line earnings estimates eleven quarters in a row. Their most recent earnings report was July 17th. Analysts were expecting a profit of $1.35 a share on revenues of $11.95 billion. The company reported a profit of $1.37 a share, up +19% from a year ago, with revenues up +7.8% to $12.05 billion for the quarter.

Management noted margin improvement. SLB said every geographic area saw growth. On the conference call SLB's CEO said, "Our second quarter results were strong and fully in line with our expectations as international activity rebounded in Russia, Norway and Australia and North American activity grew in both offshore in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico and on land in spite of the Canadian spring breakup."

Looking ahead the company issued a mixed outlook. Management said, "Turning our focus back to the remaining part of 2014, we continue to see a relatively constant mix of headwinds and tailwinds in the global economy and in our industry, which leads us to maintain our already established outlook for the year. The slow and steady recovery in the global economy is continuing and the global oil market remains relatively tight with a solid demand outlook, continued supply uncertainty related to geopolitics and with Brent prices holding steady above $100 per barrel, which should encourage oil directed investments in both the North American and international markets."

Their relatively cautious outlook and falling oil prices in the last several weeks have sparked some profit taking in SLB's stock price. The pullback could be a significant entry point. Long-term SLB is forecasting almost +20% earnings (compound annual growth rate) through 2017.

Wall Street has been very bullish the last couple of months. Several firms have upgraded their price targets on SLB with a few recent upgrades coming in at $132, $138, $140 and $150 a share for SLB.

SLB did make headlines earlier this month regarding Russia. The U.S. and the EU have leveled sanctions against Russia. This is impacting international companies like SLB who do business in Russia and with Russian companies. Fortunately, SLB estimates that any impact from the sanctions will be limited. Management expects a decline of 3 cents per share due to the sanctions. Wall Street hates uncertainty so having SLB actually come out and offer some guidance on the sanctions impact is bullish.

Another potential challenge could be Iraq. SLB does a lot of business in Iraq but most of the oil production is in southern Iraq. Right now the hot zones with fighting between ISIS, the Iraq military and the Kurds, are all in the northern half of Iraq. As long as the violence stays in the northern half of Iraq then the Islamic State terrorists are unlikely to impact SLB's operations in the country.

Shares of SLB hit all-time highs in late June. Since then the stock experienced a six-week correction from $118 to $105. That's a -11% pullback. The stock has begun to bounce and looks poised to break through resistance near $110. Tonight we are suggesting a trigger at $110.55. More conservative investors may want to wait for SLB to rally past its 50-dma before initiating positions (50-dma is currently at $111.30).

Trigger @ $110.50

- Suggested Positions -

Buy the NOV $115 call (SLB141122C115)

Option Format: symbol-year-month-day-call-strike


U.S. Silica Holdings, Inc. - SLCA - close: 62.78 change: -0.54

Stop Loss: 57.95
Target(s): To Be Determined
Current Option Gain/Loss: -2.3%
Average Daily Volume = 1.42 million
Entry on August 19 at $62.05
Listed on August 13, 2014
Time Frame: 8 to 12 weeks
New Positions: see below

Comments:
08/21/14: SLCA found support near prior resistance at $62.00 this morning. I would consider new positions now at current levels but investors may want to wait and see how the market reacts to Janet Yellen's speech tomorrow before initiating new positions.

Earlier Comments: August 13, 2014:
We are bringing SLCA back after some post-earnings volatility.

There is a new gold rush going on for sand! America's shale oil and gas boom has created another boom for sand producers. Energy companies use hydraulic fracking to mine oil and gas out of tight shale formations. This fracking technique blasts millions of gallons of water at high pressure into shale rock where the oil and gas is trapped. These wells can cost between $4 million and $12 million each. In order to maximize their returns drillers use proppants to help "prop" open these minute cracks in the shale rock to help the oil and gas escape to the surface.

The cheapest and one of the most effective proppants has been fine sand. SLCA has been providing sand for industrial use for over 100 years. The company currently has 297 million tons in reserve. Oil and gas industry demand for proppants is expected to rise +30% between 2013 and 2016. That might be underestimated. The energy industry consumed 56.3 billion pounds of sand for fracking in 2013. That's up 25% from 2011.

According to SLCA they saw a +45% increase in demand for their sand. SLCA's CEO reported that some hydraulic fracking wells have doubled their use of sand from 2,500 tons per well to 5,000 tons. There are some wells using up to 8,000 tons.

Demand has been so strong that SLCA is actually sold out of some grades of sand and they're raising prices (about +20%) on non-contracted silica. SLCA believes demand for their products will rise another 25% this year alone.

Wall Street has taken notice of the dynamics of the sand industry and shares of SLCA have soared from their February 2014 lows. It may not be a coincidence that the stock was added to the S&P 600 smallcap index in February this year.

SLCA's most recent earnings report was July 29th. Wall Street expected a profit of $0.47 a shares on revenues of $189.7 million. SLCA beat estimates with a profit of $0.55 and revenues soaring +58.5% from a year ago to $205.8 million.

The company said sales were up sharply both from a year ago and from the first quarter. Management raised its 2014 earnings guidance.

Currently shares of SLCA are hovering just below resistance in the $61.75 area. Tonight we're suggesting a trigger to buy calls at $62.05. We are not setting an exit target tonight but Point & Figure chart for SLCA is bullish with a $69 target.

- Suggested Positions -

Long DEC $65 call (SLCA141220C65) entry $4.20*

08/19/14 triggered @ 62.05
*option entry price is an estimate since the option did not trade at the time our play was opened.
Option Format: symbol-year-month-day-call-strike


United Rentals, Inc. - URI - close: 116.27 change: -0.43

Stop Loss: 109.45
Target(s): To Be Determined
Current Option Gain/Loss: -3.5%
Average Daily Volume = 1.0 million
Entry on August 19 at $115.25
Listed on August 18, 2014
Time Frame: 8 to 12 weeks
New Positions: see below

Comments:
08/21/14: URI snapped a nine-day winning streak with today's -0.3% dip. I would not be surprised to see some profit taking in URI tomorrow. Investors may want to wait until Monday before considering new positions.

Earlier Comments: August 18, 2014:
URI is a company that is gaining market share. Traditionally equipment rental has been a very fragmented industry with a lot of mom and pop stores. URI has decided that being the biggest offers a better selection to their clients. Today URI is the biggest equipment rental company in the world.

Twenty years ago commercial construction clients only accounted for about 15% of the equipment rental market. Today that number is closer to 50%. The last few years have seen a strong trend of construction companies choosing to rent equipment instead of buy new equipment due to an uncertain economic outlook.

According to URI's website they were founded in 1997 and have grown into a network of 832 rental locations in 49 states and 10 Canadian provinces. Their rental fleet includes 3,100 classes of equipment.

Earnings are improving. URI's most recent earnings report was July 16th. Wall Street was looking for a profit of $1.50 a share on revenues of $1.36 billion. URI delivered $1.65 a share with revenues hitting $1.399 billion. URI's earnings results were up +47% from a year ago. Margins hit a second quarter record at 47.4%. URI management then raised their 2014 guidance.

In URI's earnings press release their CEO offered a bullish outlook:

Michael Kneeland, chief executive officer of United Rentals, said, "Our strong performance in the quarter reflects significantly more equipment on rent at better margins than a year ago, resulting in a new high water mark for second quarter EBITDA margin. The rebound in non-residential construction is continuing to drive up demand, particularly in the energy and commercial sectors. Given the vigorous activity we're seeing, and the benefit of secular penetration, we've raised our full year outlook - and we concur with the forecasts that show multiple years of healthy industry growth beyond 2014."

URI said their rental revenue was up +16.8% for the quarter. They're also see super growth in their specialty segment. Their trench safety rentals were up +21%. Their power and HVAC rentals were up +54%. URI purchased National Pump on April 1st this year. Now they've renamed it United Rentals Pump Solutions and they're using it as an opportunity to cross sell pumps to their broader customer base.

URI is also on track with their stock buyback program. In October 2013 they announced at $500 million repurchase program that's expected to be completed by April 2015. Thus far URI has bought back $228 million in common stock this year ($185 million of that was in the second quarter).

Technically the post-earnings depression for URI is over. Traders bought the dip near its long-term up trend of higher lows. Now URI is testing resistance at its all-time highs and resistance at the $115.00 level.

We are suggesting a trigger to buy calls at $115.25.

- Suggested Positions -

Long DEC $120 call (URI141220C120) entry $5.60*

08/19/14 triggered @ 115.25
*option entry price is an estimate since the option did not trade at the time our play was opened.
Option Format: symbol-year-month-day-call-strike




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