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Daily Newsletter, Wednesday, 6/21/2017

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

Market Wrap

Oil Drags Stocks Down

by Keene Little

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Oil lost price support and has dragged not just oil stocks but the broader market lower with it. The concern is that oil is forecasting lower demand and a slower economy, which has stock investors a little worried.

Today's Market Stats

Oil has been in a sharp decline since the end of May and it lost support on Tuesday, which was followed by more selling today. The oil supply is higher than needed because demand for it is not increasing. The slowdown in oil demand, as well as gasoline, has many concerned that it's forecasting a slowdown in the economy. The divergence between the Dow and the transports is a similar warning sign. All of this is now causing more investors in the stock market to question the high valuations.

This morning's economic reports included crude inventories, which showed a decline of 2.5M barrels, which is a continuation of the decline from the previous week's -1.6M. And yet the price of oil continued to decline anyway, which shows there's greater concern than just the amount of inventories.

Some of the concern has to do with demand and a slower demand suggests we could be facing a slowing economy. The other cause for slowing demand is the continuing effort to develop alternative energy sources, such as wind and solar. As an example, when I drive back and forth across WA state I see a growing number of windmills in the mountain passes where there's a steady supply of wind.

WA is blessed with low-cost electricity because of so much hydro-electric power and yet several years ago voters still voted for the requirement for the state to produce more alternative energy. Sunshine is not that plentiful, especially in the winter months, so most of the alternative energy comes from windmills and much of that gets sent south to the power hungry Californians.

Many power-generating stations have converted from oil to natural gas, especially as so much more had become available through fracking operations. Between the higher use of NG and alternative energies there's been a significant reduction in both coal and oil demand. The government didn't need to step in and try to squash the coal industry; the market is doing a fine job on its own. Now much of the coal is shipped to China (and we west coasters get their pollution as payback, but I digress).

While the stock market has not been reflecting oil's price decline in the past month it might soon be the elephant in the living room that can no longer be ignored. However, as I'll review with the oil chart, there is a chance for at least a rebound in its price now that is has dropped down to a $40-42 support zone.

The other economic report we got this morning was existing home sales, which came in slightly better than expected and as 5.62M home sales in May it was slightly better than April's 5.56M. The report was ignored by the market.

The report is encouraging for home owners since the report also showed median sales price for existing homes of all types increased +5.8% to $252,800. This was the 63rd straight month of year-over-year gains and is now at the highest price on record. It's been a full recovery, and then some, from the heydays before 2007-2009. The median price for single family homes did a little better -- up 6.0% to $254,600 from a year ago. That's the 24th straight month of y-o-y gains for single family homes.

Total housing inventory increased in in May but it has continued to decline y-o-y for the 24th straight month and down -8.4% from May 2016. At the current sales rate there is a 4.2-month supply, which is down considerably from a typical 6.0-month supply. The tight supply has reduced the median number of days on the market to 27 days, which is the shortest time since tracking of this metric started in May 2011. Low inventory and low interest rates has continued to help sales prices. Interestingly, new home sales, inventory and prices have declined while existing homes have done better.

Kicking off tonight's review of the charts, I'll start with SPX, which has been more of a middle-of-the-road index between the strong Dow and weaker techs (although they switched roles today).


S&P 500, SPX, Weekly chart

The weekly candles for the past 3 weeks are tiny and almost indistinguishable on the chart. I'll continue to show upside potential to the 2500 area on the weekly chart but if there is to be more upside I'm thinking 2500 is going to be a challenge. It will depend on whether or not those little candles can turn into bigger white candles.


S&P 500, SPX, Daily chart

The daily chart shows a rising wedge pattern for the rally from March 27th, which is a pattern that makes sense when I look at the multitude of 3-wave moves inside the pattern. Ideally the pattern calls for one more new high and the price projection at 2465 would be a good setup for a reversal back down.

Today was a test of the 20-dma, near 2430, and the uptrend line from May 18th, which it closed on today after a minor break below it this afternoon. The bulls need to hold the line(s) here otherwise it will start to look more bearish. A drop below 2418 would confirm a top is in place while a rally above 2466 would be a stronger indication that the 2500 area will be next.

Key Levels for SPX:
- more bullish above 2466
- bearish below 2418


S&P 500, SPX, 60-min chart

The 60-min chart focuses on the leg up from May 18th and specifically the leg up from June 15th. If the leg up from June 15th is to be another a-b-c move then we need another leg up. Two equal legs points to 2465, the same projection on the daily chart for the 5th wave so there's good correlation there that supports the need for another rally leg and then the potential completion of the rally from March 27th to complete the rally from 2016 to complete the rally from 2009.


Dow Industrials, INDU, Daily chart

The Dow was one of the weaker indexes today, as weak as the RUT, and that's calling into question the ability to get up to a price projection at 21618 (where the c-wave of an a-b-c move up from March 27th would be 162% of the a-wave). That projection and the two trend lines along the highs from 2011-2014 and from April intersect on Friday, which leaves only two days for the Dow to turn today's decline around and rally 210 points.

Hurting the chances for a rally to a new high is the fact that the Dow had rallied above the top of a rising wedge pattern for the leg up from May 18th, on Monday, pulled back to the top of the wedge on Tuesday and then dropped back inside the wedge today. That creates a sell signal that can only be negated with a rally above Monday's high at 21535. Any further decline on Thursday would have the Dow dropping back below its uptrend line from November 4 - April 19, which has been supporting the Dow all month.

Key Levels for DOW:
- more bullish above 21,620
- bearish below 21,169


Nasdaq-100, NDX, Daily chart

The techs were on fire today compared to the rest of the market and the indexes were greatly helped by the FAANG stocks, all of which were in the green. Both the SOX (+1.2%) and especially the biotechs (BTK +3.8%) certainly helped. But NDX was only able to make it back up to its 20-dma and stopped short of another back-test of its broken uptrend line from April 13 - May 18, currently near 5800.

Near the trend line is a price projection near 5798 for the pattern of the leg up from June 15th (a 5-wave move where the 5th wave would equal the 1st wave and where it would complete an a-b-c bounce correction off its June 12th low). A 62% retracement of the June 9-12 decline is near 5797. With the trend line near 5801 Thursday morning we have an upside target zone at 5797-5801 to watch for a reversal to the downside.

Key Levels for NDX:
- bullish above 5800
- bearish below 5634


Russell-2000, RUT, Daily chart

The RUT's choppy pattern leaves few clues about what direction it really wants to go. However, I continue to lean short from here because of the ending pattern it made from January. The choppy shallow rise to its last high on June 9th fits as the completion of a 5-wave move in a broad rising wedge pattern and now it's going to retrace the entire rally from January. This means the selling should start to accelerate lower and if does something less than that, like continue to chop up and down, it would be a clue that another minor new high could still be due.

Key Levels for RUT:
- bullish above 1440
- bearish below 1386


10-year Yield, TNX, Daily chart

Treasuries have been consolidating for the past week and we should find out in the next day or whether or not we can expect at least a larger bounce in yields or a continuation lower. The bullish descending wedge for TNX off its May 11th high would see a bullish breakout with any additional push higher from here (from selling in bonds). At the moment it's struggling to get back above price-level S/R at 2.19 (Monday's high was 2.191) and it's broken 20-dma, also currently near 2.19.

If TNX can get back above 2.19 it will still have plenty of nearby resistance to work through, which includes its broken 200-dma, nearing 2.22, its downtrend line from 2007-2013, near 2.24, and its broken 50-dma, which is now nearing 2.24 as well. If TNX can get above 2.24 it would be at least short-term bullish and then above price-level S/R at 2.31 would be more bullish (bearish for bond prices).

With the 5-year rate rising to 1.8 (they're much more sensitive to the Fed's rate policy changes), the 10-year at 2.16 and the 30-year at 2.72 we have a flattening yield curve. The 30-year bond market is particularly sensitive to future expectations for inflation and economic growth and at the moment the bond market is telling the Fed that they don't see the inflation or economic picture the same way and in fact believe the decline in the inflation rate is something more than "transitory." At the moment the yield curve is the flattest it's been since December 2007, which was right in the beginning stages of the financial collapse in 2008.


High Yield Corporate Bonds ETF, HYG, Daily chart

A high yield bond fund, otherwise known as a junk bond fund, is the HYG. As long as it looks bullish it's a good sign for the stock market. But unfortunately HYG is now giving us the opposite signal since today it snapped support at its uptrend line from November 2016 - March 2017. This is the post-Trump rally and it's now a warning sign that the stock market is going to follow in HYG's footsteps as the euphoria that built the Trump rally starts to wither in the face of reality.


KBW Bank index, BKX, Daily chart

The message from the bond market and the flattening of the yield curve is predicting we could be closer to a recession than most are currently thinking. The flatter yield curve also negatively affects bank performance since they get squeezed between their lending rates and savings rates.

BKX was one of the weaker sectors today and it reflected the concerns brought on by lower oil prices (slowing economy) and lower longer-term yields. The a-b-c bounce pattern off the April 17th low continues to look like a good price pattern, which forecasts another leg down to at least match the March-April decline. That projection points to 83 and below that is price-level support at the July 2015 high near 81.


U.S. Dollar contract, DX, Daily chart

The US$ could still bounce a little higher but so far it's looking like just a bounce correction that will be followed by another leg down. Resistance for the current bounce is the downtrend line from April-May, currently near 97.70, and a broken trend line along the lows from December through May, near 97.95. Coming down toward 98 is the 50-dma so there's lots of resistance not far from the current price. A turn back down would likely take the dollar down toward the bottom of its down-channel off the January high and a price projection for the 3rd wave in the decline at 94.79.


Gold continuous contract, GC, Daily chart

As expected, gold has bounced off its uptrend line from December-May and its 200-dma, both near 1241.50. The bounce is only small so far but has further upside potential before turning back down. If it only consolidates in a small bounce it will look more bearish and a drop below 1241 would tell us the decline will continue. It takes a rally above its June 6th high near 1299 to suggest we're going to see a much higher rally.


Oil continuous contract, CL, Daily chart

As discussed earlier in the report, oil's price has been in a strong decline for the past month and it has now dropped down to a potential support zone at roughly $40-42 (today's low was $42.05). On the daily chart below you can see the tight down-channel it's been since its May 25th high.

With Monday's break of the uptrend line from August 2016 - May 2017, near 44.50, I have two downside targets I've been watching for and the first one at 42 was achieved today (5 cents shy of it). This is a price projection for two equal legs down from the April 12th high and that could complete a set of two a-b-c moves down from the January high and be a setup for at least a strong bounce back up.

The other price projection I show on the chart is at 40.57 and this is where the 2nd a-b-c move down (from April 12th) would equal 162% of the 1st a-b-c move down (January 3 - March 14). Oil tends to move in these 3-wave patterns and that's why we could see at least a higher bounce before potentially continuing lower.

The more bearish wave count for oil calls for a continuation lower but still find support in the 40-42 range but then consolidate for several weeks before continuing lower. My longer-range forecast for oil continues to be at least a test of its February 2016 low at 26 and likely lower.


Economic reports

The rest of this week will be quiet as far as economic reports go, with unemployment claims data on Thursday and new home sales on Friday. The market will be left to react to overseas events rather than anything going on domestically.


Conclusion

A flattening yield curve and lower oil prices is beginning to spook stock investors who pay attention to such things. Most stock buyers simply chase prices higher, regardless of valuations or future expectations. Most are momentum traders who follow the trend and it has of course been a winning strategy. But these same traders oftentimes end up holding the bag at the top because they miss the clues.

I think some of the disbelief in this rally (often called the most hated rally) comes from many investors who lived through the 2000-2002 and 2007-2009 declines and they don't believe this rally is sustainable. They in fact believe the rally could disconnect to the downside like it has done twice before in this century. Therefore we might have more investors paying attention to the other markets, like the bond and oil markets, this time around and could be part of the reason the indexes pulled back some more today.

The tech indexes did well, especially NDX, which came mostly from the volatile biotechs doing well today. That could reverse on a dime with some piece of bad news that counters today's good news (apparently Trump isn't going to go after drug prices, which would be just another step back from his many broken campaign promises -- he's learned well how to be a politician).

I see potential for the blue chips to charge a little higher but they'll need to get the buyers back in on Thursday and prevent any further selloff. One more new high could do it for them but if selling continues on Thursday it's going to look like the highs are already in place.

Good luck and I'll be back with you next Monday as Tom and I switch places next week. See below for a good deal on an OIN subscription.

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New Option Plays

Digital Currency

by Jim Brown

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Editors Note:

Bitcoin and Ethereum are the new buzzwords for "digital" currency. However, Paypal was the original "online" currency and still has a future.



NEW DIRECTIONAL CALL PLAYS

PYPL - PayPal - Company Profile

PayPal Holdings, Inc. operates as a technology platform company that enables digital and mobile payments on behalf of consumers and merchants worldwide. It enables businesses of various sizes to accept payments from merchant Websites, mobile devices, and applications, as well as at offline retail locations through a range of payment solutions, including PayPal, PayPal Credit, Braintree, Venmo, Xoom, and Paydiant products. The company's platform allows consumers to shop by sending payments, withdraw funds to their bank accounts, and hold balances in their PayPal accounts in various currencies. Company description from FinViz.com.

PayPal started out as a payment system for Ebay. Since then they have moved into dozens of areas including credit cards, peer to peer payments. Instead of being locked into one business model, they are rapidly expanding to multiple business models. Recently they partnered with MasterCard and Visa to have their digital payments processed on their systems. The company is expanding the scope of its Venmo payment platform, which handled $6.8 billion in Q1, up 114%. This peer to peer app will now allow you to pay for goods at any merchant that accepts the app, just like Apple pay.

In Q1 PayPal revenue rose 17% to $2.975 million and earnings rose 5%. Total accounts rose 23% to 203 million. As a comparison, Mastercard's revenue was less at $2.7 billion. That is a shocker to most people.

With their Q1 earnings, PayPal committed to buy back $5 billion in stock.

Expected earnings July 26th.

Shares dipped with the Nasdaq tech crash but are recovering. Their recent high was $55 and shares closed at $53.50 today. Options are inexpensive.

Buy August $55 call, currently $1.59, initial stop loss $50.85.


NEW DIRECTIONAL PUT PLAYS

FL - Foot Locker - Company Profile

Foot Locker, Inc., through its subsidiaries, operates as an athletic shoes and apparel retailer. The company operates in two segments, Athletic Stores and Direct-to-Customers. The Athletic Stores segment retails athletic footwear, apparel, accessories, and equipment under various formats, including Foot Locker, Kids Foot Locker, Lady Foot Locker, Champs Sports, Footaction, Runners Point, Sidestep, and SIX:02. As of January 28, 2017, it operated approximately 3,363 mall-based stores, as well as stores in urban retail areas and high streets in the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand. The Direct-to-Customers segment sell athletic footwear, apparel, equipment, team licensed products, and private-label merchandise through Internet and mobile sites, and catalogs. This segment operates sites for eastbay.com, final-score.com, eastbayteamsales.com, and sp24.com, as well as footlocker.com, ladyfootlocker.com, six02.com, kidsfootlocker.com, champssports.com, footaction.com, footlocker.ca, footlocker.eu, runnerspoint.com, and sidestep-shoes.com. The company has agreements with third parties for the operation of 54 Foot Locker franchised stores in the Middle East and 5 franchised stores in the Republic of Korea; and operates 15 stores under the Runners Point banner in Germany. Foot Locker, Inc. was founded in 1879 and is headquartered in New York, New York. Company description from FinViz.com.

Foot Locker reported earnings of $1.36 that missed estimates for $1.38 and lower than the $1.39 reported in the year ago quarter. Revenue of $2.0 billion missed estimates for $2.02 billion.

The company blamed a delay in tax refunds for slow sales. Some refunds for poverty level consumers cannot be issued until after February 15th. I guess if you are on welfare and food stamps you need an "earned-income tax credit" refund to buy an expensive pair of Michael Jordan or Steph Curry shoes.

However, the CEO said the slow start in February was NOT offset by stronger sales in March and April. Doesn't that throw cold water on the tax refund excuse? Add in the rapid decline of the malls and their 3,363 mall based stores and the outlook is not good.

Same store sales rose only 0.5% and analysts were expecting 1.4%. Shares crashed 15% on the news and have not slowed the decline since then.

Estimated earnings date August 18th.

I kept thinking they would find a bottom and rebound. However, Tuesday's close was a three year closing low and the decline is accelerating rather than slowing. Finish Line (FINL) reports earnings on Friday and weak earnings there could be another weight on the sector.

This position was recommended on Tuesday but the stock gapped down $3 at the open on news that Nike might be considering selling its products on Amazon. That would be a killer for Foot Locker.

Since the stock gapped lower at the open the position was not entered. The option price more than doubled at the open to more than $2 and then dropped back to $1.45 at the close. I am recommending we enter the position at the open on Thursday now that the hysteria has passed. Long term, I still expect the stock to move lower.

Buy August $45 put, currently $1.45, initial stop loss $51.85.



In Play Updates and Reviews

Biotech Rally

by Jim Brown

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Editors Note:

The biotech index rallied 3.8% and that powered the Nasdaq back to resistance while the Dow declined. The big cap techs posted decent gains but the Nasdaq biotechs were on fire. The S&P ended with a 1-point loss but the Dow gave back 57 points thanks to big declines in CAT, GS, DD and CVX.

The Russell 2000 should have been positive on any normal biotech rally. However, the impending rebalance on Friday weighed on the index and it should be worse on Thursday as portfolio managers presell the deleted stocks.

I do not run the "no entry on a gap open" message all the time because it should be common knowledge by now. The Foot Locker recommendation on Tuesday gapped down $3 at the open and the option premiums doubled. We should never make an entry on a gap up or down at the open. The option premiums will likely be at the high for the day.



Current Portfolio


Stop Loss Updates

Check the graphic below for any new stop losses in bright yellow. We need to always be prepared for an unexpected decline.


Profit Targets

Check the graphic below for any profit stops in green. We need to always be prepared for a profit exit at resistance.





Current Position Changes


BA - Boeing
The long call position was stopped at $197.65.

FL - Foot Locker
The long put position was NOT entered at the gap open.

COST - Costco
The long call position remains unopened until a trade at $166.50 (revised)



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BULLISH Play Updates

ADSK - Autodesk Inc - Company Profile

Comments:

No specific news.

Original Trade Description: June 19th.

Autodesk, Inc. operates as a design software and services company worldwide. The company's Architecture, Engineering and Construction segment offers Autodesk Building Design Suites to manage various phases of design and construction; Autodesk Revit products that offer model-based design and documentation systems; Autodesk Infrastructure Design Suites; AutoCAD Civil 3D, a surveying, design, analysis, and documentation solution; and AutoCAD Map 3D software for infrastructure planning, design, and management. Its Platform Solutions and Emerging Business segment offers AutoCAD software, a professional design, drafting, detailing, and visualization software; and AutoCAD LT, a professional drafting and detailing software. The company's Manufacturing segment provides Autodesk Product Design Suites for digital prototyping; Autodesk Inventor to go beyond 3D design to digital prototyping; AutoCAD Mechanical software to accelerate the mechanical design process; Autodesk Moldflow, an injection molding simulation software; Autodesk Delcam, a CAD and computer-aided manufacturing software; Autodesk PLM 360, a product lifecycle management application; and Autodesk Fusion 360, a product development environment. Its Media and Entertainment segment offers Autodesk Maya and Autodesk 3ds Max software products that offer 3D modeling, animation, effects, rendering, and compositing solutions; and Autodesk Flame and Autodesk Lustre software applications that offer editing, finishing, and visual effects design and color grading solutions. Autodesk, Inc. sells consumer products for digital art, personal design and creativity, and home design in digital storefronts and over the Internet. It licenses or sells its products to customers in the architecture, engineering, and construction; manufacturing; and digital media, consumer, and entertainment industries directly, as well as through resellers and distributors. Company description from FinViz.com.

Autodesk (ADSK) reported a loss of 28 cents that beat estimates for a loss of 33 cents. Revenue of $478.8 million beat estimates for $474.1 million. The company is losing money because they are converting from a software sales model to a subscription model and that always causes a short fall in the first 12-24 months of the process but results in larger profits in the future. New subscriptions rose 26% to 1.09 million, up 227,000 from the same period in 2015.

The company guided for the current quarter for a loss of 21-27 cents on revenue of $460-$480 million. Analysts were expecting $503 million and a 13-cent loss. Shares declined $2 on the news.

Earnings Aug 17th.

The stock spiked to $114.50 on the earnings in May and then faded on colsolidation until the Nasdaq flash crash the prior week. Being a tech stock it imploded with the rest of the tech sector. The rebound followed the pattern of the rest of the large cap tech stocks. A couple days higher and then a retest of the decline. Shares rebounded today on short covering with the rest of the market. I believe, market permitting, we will see shares break back above resistance at $108 and move on to new highs.

Shares could get a bounce when Adobe reports earnings on Tuesday.

Update 6/20/17: The CEO said today the global building boom is a big boost for Autodesk revenue. You have to have a program to build a building today and that program has to be linked to dozens or even hundreds of smartphones. All of that is a positive for Autodesk.

Position 6/20/17:

Long Aug $110 call @ $3.85, see portfolio graphic for stop loss.


ATVI - Activision Blizzard - Company Profile

Comments:

No specific news.

Original Trade Description: May 22nd.

Activision Blizzard, Inc. develops and publishes games for video game consoles, personal computers (PC), mobile devices, and online social platforms. The company operates through three segments: Activision Publishing, Inc., Blizzard Entertainment, Inc., and King Digital Entertainment. The company develops, publishes, and sells interactive software products and entertainment content through retail channels or digital downloads; and downloadable content. It also publishes subscription-based massive multiplayer online role-playing games; and strategy and role-playing games. In addition, the company maintains a proprietary online gaming service, Battle.net that facilitates the creation of user generated content, digital distribution, and online social connectivity in its games. Further, it engages in creating original film and television content; and provides warehousing, logistics, and sales distribution services to third-party publishers of interactive entertainment software, as well as manufacturers of interactive entertainment hardware products. The company serves retailers and distributors, including mass-market retailers, consumer electronics stores, discount warehouses, game specialty stores, and consumers through third-party distribution and licensing arrangements in the United States, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Malta, Mexico, the Netherlands, Romania, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, and the United Kingdom. Activision Blizzard, Inc. was incorporated in 1979 and is headquartered in Santa Monica, California. Company description from FinViz.com.

Activision reported Q1 earnings of 56 cents, up 17%. Sales rose 19% to $1.73 billion. Activision had originally guided for 25 cents and $1.55 billion. Analysts were expecting 22 cents and $1.1 billion so it was a major blowout. For the full year, they raised guidance to 88 cents and $6.1 billion, up from 72 cents and $6.0 billion.

Blizzards's monthly active users rose to 431 million. King Digital has 342 million active users. The new Overwatch game was the fastest Blizzard title to hit 25 million registered players and now has more than 30 million. Revenues from in game purchases rose 25% driven by World of Warcraft and Overwatch customization features.

Activision is a powerhouse with rapidly rising revenue and multiple game titles arriving in the coming months.

Earnings August 3rd.

Shares dropped sharply with the market last Wednesday and have already rebounded to close at a new high today.

Position 5/23/17 with an ATVI trade at $57.75:

Long August $60 calls @ $2.24, see portfolio graphic for stop loss.

Previously closed 6/9/17: Long August $60 calls @ $2.66, exit $2.02, -.64 loss.


BA - Boeing - Company Profile

Comments:

Our tight stop loss took us out as the Paris air show comes to a close and Boeing typically declines. I believe Boeing has so much going for it that we need to look at a new entry once the air show excitement fades.

Original Trade Description: May 25th.

The Boeing Company, together with its subsidiaries, designs, develops, manufactures, sells, services, and supports commercial jetliners, military aircraft, satellites, missile defense, human space flight, and launch systems and services worldwide. It operates in five segments: Commercial Airplanes, Boeing Military Aircraft, Network & Space Systems, Global Services & Support, and Boeing Capital. The Commercial Airplanes segment develops, produces, and markets commercial jet aircraft for various passenger and cargo requirements; and provides related support services to the commercial airline industry. This segment also offers aviation services support, aircraft modifications, spare parts, training, maintenance documents, and technical advice to commercial and government customers. The Boeing Military Aircraft segment researches, develops, produces, and modifies manned and unmanned military aircraft, and weapons systems for global strike, vertical lift, and autonomous systems, as well as mobility, surveillance, and engagement. The Network & Space Systems segment researches, develops, produces, and modifies strategic defense and intelligence systems, satellite systems, and space exploration products. The Global Services & Support segment provides integrated logistics services comprising supply chain management and engineering support; maintenance, modification, and upgrades for aircraft; and training systems and government services that include pilot and maintenance training. The Boeing Capital segment offers financing services and manages financing exposure for a portfolio of equipment under operating and finance leases, notes and other receivables, assets held for sale or re-lease, and investments. The company was founded in 1916 and is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois. Company description from FinViz.com.

Boeing dipped last week after the test flights for the 737-MAX were halted temporarily. Boeing is expecting to begin deliveries of that model later this month. The problem was a low pressure disk in the LEAP-18 engine built by CFM International. That is a joint venture between GE and France's Safran. The halt was only a day before Boeing announced they were resuming flights of the planes without the LEAP-18 engines. CFM said the problem would be fixed within "weeks" because an alternate supplier was increasing production of the specific part. That problem has already been forgotten.

Boeing has dozens of projects underway and the biggest backlog of plane orders in history. The 787 Dreamliner is already on its third revision. The first plane was the 787-8 then there was the 787-9 and now the 787-10. The 787-8 was barely profitable because of higher than expected production costs. However, the improved 787-9 and 10 are highly profitable and in high demand. The delivery mix fell to only 25% model 8s in Q1. Currently there are 672 Dreamliners on order and only 89 are for the model 8. By the time the planes are actually built that will probably decline much further. Orders being transferred from airlines to leasing companies are typically upgraded to the more desirable models because the leasing companies want the longest lasting, fully featured models so the lease rates remain higher longer. The newest version the 787-10 already has 169 orders and it costs $40 million more than the model 8 but only costs a couple million more to produce. Analysts believe Boeing's profitability will rise $1.5 billion on this order shuffle alone.

Boeing got another windfall when Trump was elected and suddenly took an interest in producing more F-18 Hornet's than F-35s. Boeing was only expected to produce 5 Hornets this year with a big order for F18 Growlers filling out the production line. The Growlers are the radar jamming planes that protect a flight of fighters. In the budget that was just passed, an additional $1.1 billion was allocated for 14 additional F-18s in this year. Trump had asked for 24 but Congress only approved 14. There will be a lot more in the budget for 2018. The F-18 is the workhorse of the Navy and many of their older planes are reaching the 6,000 flight hour maximum threshold. That means the Navy will need hundreds over the next several years to replace the aging aircraft. Boeing expects the production line to increase to 3-4 per month starting in 2020. Boeing expects another 100 planes to be ordered over the next five budget cycles and possibly more as the military scales down requests for F-35s in favor of the much cheaper F-18s. Boeing has an enhancement called Block III that basically gives the F-18 the networking capability of the F-35. They envision a stealthy F-35 entering hostile airspace and doing reconnaissance and then transmitting back threat and target information to the heavily armed F-18s to actually carry out the attacks. Over the last five years, the Navy has requested five times as many F-18s as F-35s. A F-18 costs $75 million and F-35 $121 million.

Boeing said on any given day 2 out of every three F-18 planes are out of commission waiting for repairs. Planes have been flown hard in the post 9/11 world with multiple theaters of war and planes down for a single part end up getting cannibalized for other parts to keep the remaining planes flying.

Boeing will also profit from the $110 billion arms deal with Saudi Arabia and the escalation to $350 billion over the next decade.

All of this means Boeing is going to remain highly profitable for a very long time and this is just two production lines of the dozens of products being manufactured by the company.

Earnings July 26th.

Shares made a new high on May 9th at $187 before dropping back to $182 on the market decline. That drop has been erased and shares are poised to break out to a new high and probably begin a new leg even higher.

Update 5/27/17: Tom Cruise said he was planning on filming a new Top Gun movie in 2018. Since the F-14 is no longer flown and the F-35 is not yet available for its film debut, Boeing will probably receive a major public relations bonanza with the F/A-18 Super Hornet in the title role. If it stars in the movie it would be a major advertising win because the capabilities will be shown all around the world and that could generate additional orders.

Boeing received a new $58.6 million contract to demonstrate a new generation of technology to intercept and destroy multiple missiles fired at the USA. This is a result of the accelerated missile testing currently in progress in North Korea. The technology is called the Multi-Object Kill Vehicle (MOKV). Basically, it would be one missile that would be launched at an incoming swarm of hostile missiles. As the MOKV nears the intercept point it would itself launch multiple interceptors and each would be directed to a different target by the radar and communication systems on the MOKV. Instead of firing one missile from the ground to target one incoming missile, the MOKV would be like launching a launching pad of missiles to a predetermined location and then having it attack the swarm on its own. This is not going to be cheap technology.

Boeing also said it won a $89 million contract from the Navy to incorporate the Block II Infrared Search Track System in the F/A-18 E/F aircraft.

Update 5/31/17: The Boeing Midcourse Defense anti-missile system performed flawlessly and knocked down a target ICBM fired from the Marshal Islands on Tuesday. This is the equivalent of a bullet hitting a bullet with a closing speed of more than 2,000 mph in space. That is pretty impressive. Boeing is the prime contractor with Northrop Grumman (NOC), Raytheon (RTN) and Orbital ATK (OA) the key subcontractors. Shares closed at a new high.

Update 6/1/17: Boeing shares dipped at the open after the company got into a fight with the Canadian Defense Minister. Boeing complained that Canadian firm Bombardier was selling jets to U.S. customers below cost because of subsidies from the Canadian government. The defense minister became irate and cut off contact with Boeing regarding a potential order for 18 F-18 Super Hornets to replace some of their aging CF-18 fighters. This was just a headline storm. It is not material to Boeing at this time.

Update 6/7/17: Boeing said the current Arab argument with Qatar has not hurt the $21.1 billion order for 72 F-15QA multirole fighters. The State Dept said they still expect the order to be signed soon. Canada said it planned to increase its military spending by 73% over the next ten years and would involve a significant number of new planes. The spokesman said Canada would hold an open competition to buy 88 advanced fighters to replace its fleet of 77 CF-18 planes. Previously, the government had planned to buy 65 fighters. Part of the requirement is that the planes would have to operate seamlessly with planes and communication systems of Canada's allies. That gives Boeing a big edge up plus they are the incumbent having made and maintained the CF-18s.

Update 6/8/17: Boeing said it was going to send some of its aircraft completion work to China and a production plant near Shanghai. The plant will focus on painting and furnishing jets to be used in China. Boeing expects this to help sales to China of 6,800 jets over the next 20 years. The company said this would not impact any jobs in the USA.

Update 6/13/17: Multiple sources claim Ryanair is talks with Boeing over a large order for the new 737-MAX 10 that will debut at the Paris Air Show next week. Ryanair has already ordered 100 of the 737 MAX 200 planes. The MAX 200 seats 189-196 and the MAX 10 seats 230 passengers. The Ryanair CEO said the only thing preventing them from growing faster was the lack of available planes. Indonesia's Lion Air is expected to place an order for 50 of the 737 MAX 10s as early as next week. Business is good for Boeing.

Update 6/14/17: Qatar's Ministry of Defense said they signed an agreement with Boeing to buy 36 F-15QA fighter jets for $12 billion. In November the U.S. approved a sale of up to 72 fighters for $21.1 billion. This was half of that approval.

Update 6/19/17: The Paris air show gave Boeing a big boost today with a whopping $2.64 gain. The company is expected to announce as many as 150 orders for the new 737 MAX 10 model. AerCap and Boeing jointly announced an order for 30 787-9 Dreamliners worth $8.1 billion. AerCap has already taken delivery of 55 787s. SpiceJet announced an order of 737 MAX 10s worth $4.7 billion. Lion Air placed a provisional order for 40 737 MAX 10s. That is in addition to 387 single-aisle Boeing jets already on order.

Update 6/21/17: Boeing said it had received more than $23 billion in new airplane orders at the Paris air show and the show still in progress. United converted 100 of its 161 planes on order to the new 737 MAX 10 jets. These are longer and more technologically advanced than the 737 MAX 9 planes United has on order.

Boeing also won a contract with DARPA to build a reusable space plane the size of a business jet that will take off and land at the Cape Canaveral spaceport. The plane will be called the XS-1 or the Phantom Express. The first takeoff is expected in 2020 and it will be able to launch "daily" to put satellites into low earth orbit.

Position 5/26/17:

Closed 6/21/17: Long Aug $190 call @ $5.15, exit $11.00 +$5.85 gain.
Closed 6/21/17: Short Aug $200 call @ $1.79, exit $4.97, -$3.18 loss.
Net gain $2.67


BABA - Alibaba - Company Profile

Comments:

The developers conference and multiple interviews with Jack Ma on stock TV, kicked Alibaba in to high gear with nearly a $5 gain.

Original Trade Description: June 10th.

Alibaba Group Holding Limited, through its subsidiaries, operates as an online and mobile commerce company in the People's Republic of China and internationally. It operates Taobao Marketplace, an online shopping destination; Tmall, a third-party platform for brands and retailers; Juhuasuan, a sales and marketing platform for flash sales; Alibaba.com, an online wholesale marketplace; Alitrip, an online travel booking platform; 1688.com, an online wholesale marketplace; and AliExpress, a consumer marketplace. The company also provides pay-for-performance and display marketing services through its Alimama marketing technology platform; Taobao Ad Network and Exchange (TANX), a real-time bidding online marketing exchange in China; and data management platform through TANX for marketers to execute their campaigns with proprietary and tailored data. In addition, it offers cloud computing services, including elastic computing, database, storage and content delivery network, large scale computing, security, and management and application services through its Alibaba Cloud Computing platform; Web hosting and domain name registration services; payment and escrow services; and develops and operates mobile Web browsers. The company provides its solutions primarily for businesses. Company description from FinViz.com

Alibaba is the poor investor's Amazon. With shares at $135, the options are at least reasonable but not cheap. Alibaba is growing as fast or faster than Amazon and tries to copy everything Amazon does.

When the company reported earnings for the last quarter at 63 cents, they missed estimates for 68 cents. Revenue of $5.6 billion easily beat estimates for $5.2 billion. Other than the earnings miss it was a solid quarter with ecommerce up 47% and cloud computing up 102%. Digital media growth was up 234%. Mobile MAUs rose from 493 to 507 million. That is important because 90% of China's ecommerce occurs on a mobile device.

The company announced plans to buy back $6 billion in stock over a two-year period.

Earnings August 18th.

Shares dipped on the earnings miss then spiked on the guidance to $125.50, which was a new high. After a little more than two weeks of post earnings consolidation, shares returned to that $125.50 level and closed at a new high.

There was an analyst day last week and that kicked the stock up to another level with a $10 gain. The company guided for 45% to 49% revenue growth in this year and analysts were only expecting 37%. MKM partners raised the price target to $177. Pacific Crest raised their price target to $160 from $137. Needham raised their target to $155. The Benchmark Company is targeting $175.

Shares declined on Tuesday on no news. With the stock overbought after the analyst meeting we could be seeing some simple profit taking. I am going to put an entry trigger on the position. If shares continue lower I will revise the entry.

Update 6/20/17: Alibaba is hosting a forum for 3,000 entrepreneurs in Detroit to explain how easy it is for them to begin selling products on Alibaba's websites. CEO Jack Ma said in another interview he expects to employ 1 million workers in the USA.

Position 6/19/17 with a BABA trade at $139.50

Long Aug $145 call @ $5.95, see portfolio graphic for stop loss.
Short Aug $155 call @ $2.92, see portfolio graphic for stop loss.
Net debit $3.03.


COST - Costco - Company Profile

Comments:

Northcoast upgraded Costco from neutral to buy. Cowen reiterated an outperform and said again that Costco is Amazon proof. This was the second day that shares did not decline below support. The rebound could be just ahead.

I am recommending we reload the position with a trade at $166.50 and use the August $170 strike.

With a COST trade at $166.50, buy August $170 call.

Original Trade Description: June 1st.

Costco Wholesale Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, operates membership warehouses. It offers branded and private-label products in a range of merchandise categories. The company provides dry and packaged foods, and groceries; snack foods, candies, alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages, and cleaning supplies; appliances, electronics, health and beauty aids, hardware, and garden and patio; meat, bakery, deli, and produces; and apparel and small appliances. It also operates gas stations, pharmacies, optical dispensing centers, food courts, and hearing-aid centers; and engages in the travel businesses. In addition, the company provides gold star individual and business membership services. As of August 28, 2016, it operated 715 warehouses, including 501 warehouses in the United States, Washington, District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico; 91 in Canada; 36 in Mexico; 28 in the United Kingdom; 25 in Japan; 12 in Korea; 12 in Taiwan; 8 in Australia; and 2 in Spain. Further, the company sells its products through online. Company description from FinViz.com.

Costco reported earnings of $1.59 compared to estimates for $1.30. Revenue of $28.22 billion rose 8% but missed estimates for $28.6 billion. Same store sales rose 5% and beat expectations for 4%. Shares spiked $2.50 on the report.

Earnings August 24th.

On May 31st, Costco reported May sales results of $9.86 billion, an increase of 7%. Same store sales rose 4.5% in the U.S. and 6.4% internationally with the company average at 4.5%.

Guggenheim said the May comps reinforce the case for 20% earnings growth in Q4. Costco customers are on track to spend more than $100 billion on their Visa branded credit cards and 70% will be at retailers that are not Costco. The company stands to make $170 million on the commissions from Visa.

People love to shop at Costco and they spend a lot of money. A weekend shopping trip to the local Costco store will expose you to roughly 30 tables of free samples as Costco employees cook up concoctions available for sale in the store. Broiled salmon, cocktail weenies, crab dip, jalapeno biscuits, barbecue, etc, are all available for tasting. Weekend shopping takes on a party atmosphere and the local stores are always full. Amazon cannot crack this code.

Amazon is the largest online seller of Costco products marketed under the Kirkland brand. They have 69.5% of the online market share for Kirkland products. Costco only has 23.2% market share online. Who knew Amazon was such a big supporter of Costco?

We played Costco before the earnings and exited with a nice gain after they announced $7 special dividend for mid May. Now that earnings are over and shares are breaking out to a new high, it is time to play them again.

Update 6/20/17: I believe this is just a knee jerk reaction to the news. It will be a long time before Amazon completes the acquisition. Getting regulatory approval could be tough. Amazon said they expect to close before the end of 2017 but there is already a call for a Senate inquiry into the transaction. I would expect early 2018. Even after the acquisition it would probably take 6-12 months before any changes could impact Costco.

Secondly, multiple analysts believe another bidder will appear. Walmart and Kroger are routinely mentioned. This would be a defensive move to keep Amazon was gaining an entry into their space.

RELOAD: With a COST trade at $166.50, buy August $170 call. Previously closed 6/16/17: Long July $183 Call @ $2.60, exit .26, -2.34 loss.


FB - Facebook - Company Profile

Comments:

No specific news.

Original Trade Description: May 17th.

Facebook, Inc. provides various products to connect and share through mobile devices, personal computers, and other surfaces worldwide. Its solutions include Facebook Website and mobile application that enables people to connect, share, discover, and communicate each other on mobile devices and personal computers; Instagram, a mobile application that enables people to take photos or videos, customize them with filter effects, and share them with friends and followers in a photo feed or send them directly to friends; Messenger, a messaging application to communicate with people and businesses across platforms and devices; and WhatsApp Messenger, a mobile messaging application. The company also offers Oculus virtual reality technology and content platform, which allow people to enter an immersive and interactive environment to play games, consume content, and connect with others. Company description from FinViz.com.

Facebook also blew away earnings estimates and they are growing earnings at the fastest rate of any of the FAANG stocks. They have multiple revenue streams and sites like Instagram and WhatsApp that are just starting to accelerate earnings. They said Instagram had reached 50,000 advertisers. Facebook's problem is they do not have enough page views to monetize despite the 1.9 billion users. They have more advertisers than they have space.

Facebook said the new Instagram Stories product has reached 250 million daily users compared to Snap's 160 million for the same function.

Earnings August 2nd.

Facebook had been moving sideways since hitting the $153 high post earnings. Volatility was low and investors were just waiting for a market dip so they could get a better entry point. Share fell to uptrend support at $145 and even if they due decline further there is strong support around $140.

Update 5/18/27: Facebook was fined $122.4 million by EU regulators for giving them false information in the WhatsApp acquisition process. The EU asked how many WhatsApp users were also Facebook users and the company said it did not know and did not have way of matching the usernames. A year after the acquisition Facebook launched a service that did match users and the EU said they had the capability all the time.

The company also announced a new effort to reduce "clickbait" headlines and punish websites that continually publish fake news. I hope they are successful.

Update 5/19/17: Facebook is going to live stream 20 Major League Baseball Friday night games. The company also said it was adding an "Order Food" option to let some users order, pay and have food delivered or be available for pickup. The service works with restaurants that use Delivery.com or Slice.

Update 5/22/17: Facebook shares were weak after the BROWSER bill was introduced in the House. Websites and browsers must get explicit permission from users in order to collect and use personal data including browser history, search terms, cookies, etc. They also cannot deny you the use of their program if you decline to give them permission to use your data. While the bill has little chance of passing it was a wet blanket on Facebook today.

Update 5/24/17: Reuters reported that Facebook has signed content deals with Vox Media, Buzzfeed, ATTN, Group Nine Media and others to begin creating shows for its upcoming video service. They are going to develop both short and long form content with ad breaks included. The first scripted shows will be up to 30 min which Facebook will own. The second tier will be shorter scripted and unscripted shows with episodes lasting 5-10 minutes.

Update 6/14/17: Facebook has built an AI that learned how to lie to get what it wants. Can Skynet be much farther into the future? Facebook fed the AI computer the text messages from 5,808 human conversations where they negotiated for some specific outcome either an item, event or decision. Then they tried to negotiate with the computer over some items each were given. The key was for the computer to end up with a specific item. During the testing they found that the computer had learned to lie to misdirect the opponent from the item the computer actually wanted. This is scary. Extrapolate this into a much larger environment with millions of conversations to learn from and the outcome could be an entirely new level of computer consciousness.

Update 6/16/17: Facebook said it was using artificial intelligence (AI) to search out terrorist accounts and propaganda in its pages. The company has already deleted hundreds of thousands of accounts and it making it harder for users to reopen new accounts under different names. Fortunately, Facebook has years of history from those deleted accounts and has developed algorithms to compare new account activity against those old posts and automatically discover and delete new terrorist accounts.

Position 6/12/17:

Long Aug $150 call @ $4.75, see portfolio graphic for stop loss.

Previously closed 6/9/17: Long Aug $150 call @ $4.90, exit $6.80, +$1.90 gain.


JCOM - J2 Global Inc - Company Profile

Comments:

No specific news.

Original Trade Description: June 17th.

j2 Global, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, engages in the provision of Internet services worldwide. It operates through two segments, Business Cloud Services and Digital Media. The Business Cloud Services segment offers cloud services to sole proprietors, small to medium-sized businesses and enterprises, and government organizations. This segment provides online fax services under the eFax, MyFax, eFax Plus, eFax Pro, eFax Secure, eFax Corporate, and eFax Developer names; on-demand voice and unified communications services under the eVoice and Onebox names; online backup and disaster recovery solutions under the KeepItSafe, LiveDrive, LiveVault, and SugarSync names; hosted email security, email encryption, and email filtering and archival services under the FuseMail name; email marketing services under the Campaigner name; and cloud-based customer relationship management solutions under the CampaignerCRM name. The Digital Media segment operates a portfolio of Web properties, including PCMag.com, IGN.com, Speedtest.net, AskMen.com, TechBargains.com, Offers.com, and Everydayhealth.com that offer technology products, gaming and lifestyle products and services, news and commentary related products, speed testing for Internet and network connections, and online deals and discounts for consumers, as well as professional networking tools, targeted emails, and white papers for IT professionals. This segment also sells display and video advertising solutions, as well as targets advertising across the Internet; sells business-to-business leads for IT vendors; promotes deals and discounts on its Web properties for consumers; and licenses the right to use PCMag's Editors' Choice logo and other copyrighted editorial content to businesses. Company description from FinViz.com.

Very few business people would not recognize some of their brands including eFax.com, PCMag.com, TechBargains.com, etc.

The reported earnings of $1.14 that rose 12% but missed estimates by 7 cents. Revenue rose 27% to $254.7 million and also missed estimates for $258.5 million. However, they raised full year guidance to $5.60-$6.00 and $1.13-$1.17 billion. Analysts were expecting $5.59 and $1.15 billion. They also announced a dividend increase to 37.5 cents. Digital media revenues rose 81.5% to $113.1 million.

Estimates earnings August 7th.

Shares declined from $91.50 to $80.50 on the May 9th earnings and have recovered to $87.50. They are about to break out to a six week high. They have been relatively stable in the recent market weakness.

Position 6/19/17:

Long Sept $90 call @ $3.80, see portfolio graphic for stop loss.


NFLX - Netflix - Company Profile

Comments:

No specific news.

Original Trade Description: May 17th.

Netflix, Inc., an Internet television network, engages in the Internet delivery of television (TV) shows and movies on various Internet-connected screens. The company operates in three segments: Domestic Streaming, International Streaming, and Domestic DVD. It offers members with the ability to receive streaming content through a host of Internet-connected screens, including TVs, digital video players, television set-top boxes, and mobile devices. The company also provides DVDs-by-mail membership services. It serves approximately 100 million streaming members in 190 countries. Netflix, Inc. was founded in 1997 and is headquartered in Los Gatos, California. Company description from FinViz.com.

Netflix posted blowout earnings and shares rocketed higher to hit $161 on Monday. I have been waiting for three weeks for a pullback. Analysts are projecting higher highs with the high price targets at $175. There have been continuous rumors that either Disney or Apple will try to buy them not only to acquire the platform but to keep the other company from acquiring it. Both have said they want to have a big presence in streaming. Tim Cook just said it last week. Both have the cash and Disney has billions of dollars in content it can immediately add to the platform.

Netflix is expected to add 3 million subscribers in Q2. They are testing higher prices in Australia to see what price levels will cause subscriber flight. Once they figure it out you can bet they will apply it to the rest of their 100 million customers. That is instant profit. Bumping rates by $5 gets them another $500 million a month in revenue.

They announced with earnings they were finally entering China through a partnership with the largest existing streamer in China. This is one more step to a full release in the future.

Update 5/18/17: The FCC voted 2-1 to roll back the 2015 net neutrality order from President Obama. Some say this will impact major internet users like Netflix. However, the company said last month that elimination of the order would not have any impact on their business because they were big enough and had a broad enough customer base that ISPs would not try to slow down their streaming traffic. The order prevented ISPs from charging for faster bandwidth for heavy users. Netflix is responsible for 40% of the internet traffic in peak hours.

Update 5/22/17: Netflix expects to have 102 million subscribers by the end of Q2 with 51.45 million in the U.S. and 50.49 million internationally. Three years ago the company only had 11 million international subscribers. They expect international numbers to exceed U.S. subscribers by the end of the third quarter. With international subscribers growing roughly 3 million per quarter they should reach 100 million in 2020 as acceptance continues to grow. That puts them on track for 200 million total subscribers by 2025.

Update 5/27/17: Piper Jaffray reiterated an overweight rating this morning but raised the price target from $166 to $190. The analyst said Netflix probably low-balled the company's 2020 earnings expectations by as much as half. The analyst said it the international viewers grow as well over the next 10 quarters as the last 10 then expectations could be 100% too low. They believe Netflix could have 180 million international subscribers by 2020. Jaffray said the total addressable market of broadband viewers could be more than 765 million by 2020.

MKM Partners also raised their price target from $175 to $195.

Update 6/2/17: Tom Lee of Fundstrat said "stick with the FANG stocks in 2H-2017 for 20% to 40% additional gains." Netflix added $2 to a new high close.

Update 6/6/17: Cantor Fitzgerald raised their price target from $165 to $190 saying international subscriptions are set to surge. The analyst said Netflix has 50% penetration in the US households with broadband access but only 5.7% internationally. He expects that international number to rise dramatically as advertising and acceptance grows.

Update 6/13/17: Netflix partnered with telecom giant Altice and will begin rolling out pay services in France, Portugal, Israel and the Dominican Republic in the coming months.

Update 6/20/17: Guggenheim raised their price target from $175 to $180 and reiterated a buy rating. Netflix has started releasing interactive shows where the viewer gets to choose the path the hero takes. Whenever the hero reaches the proverbial fork in the script, the viewer can decide which option the character takes. The first one is an animated cartoon with 13 direction options throughout the show. There are more already in production.

Earnings July 17th.

We have to use a spread because options are still expensive.

Position 6/12/17:

Long July $160 call @ $4.96, see portfolio graphic for stop loss.
Short July $175 call @ $1.65, see portfolio graphic for stop loss.
Net debit $3.31.

Previously closed 6/9/17:
Long July $160 call @ $6.45, exit $7.50, +1.05 gain.
Short July $175 call @ $2.16, exit $2.41, -.25 loss.
Net gain 80 cents.


RMD - ResMed Inc - Company Profile

Comments:

No specific news. Shares declined only slightly at -8 cents. No sellers in sight.

Original Trade Description: June 6th.

ResMed Inc. designs, develops, manufactures, and markets medical devices and cloud-based software applications that diagnose, treat, and manage respiratory disorders. Its portfolio of products include devices, such as air flow generators, ventilators, and oxygen concentrators; diagnostic products; mask systems; headgear and other accessories; dental devices; portable oxygen concentrators; and cloud-based software informatics solutions. The company also produces continuous positive airway pressure, variable positive airway pressure, and AutoSet systems for the titration and treatment of sleep disordered breathing (SDB). In addition, it offers data communications and control products, such as EasyCare, ResLink, ResControl, ResControl II, TxControl, ResScan, and ResTraxx modules that facilitate the transfer of data and other information to and from the flow generators. The company markets its products to sleep clinics, home healthcare dealers, patients, hospitals, physicians, and third-party payers through a network of distributors and direct sales force in approximately 100 countries. Company description from FinViz.com.

ResMed reported earnings of 71 cents that rose 2.8% and beat estimates by a penny. Revenue of $514.2 million rose 13.3% but missed estimates for $519 million. Revenue in the America's rose 18% compared to a 9% rise in EMEA and APAC. Gross margin was 58.3%. They ended the quarter with $827.3 million in cash. They announced a quarterly dividend of 33 cents, payable on June 15th.

Expected earnings July 27th.

ResMed's recent claim to fame is the ResMed AirMini, the world's smallest CPAP mask. Their goal is to change 20 million lies by 2020 with products that improve patient outcomes and daily lives. They manufacture and market products for chronic diseases where there is a large patient base.

They currently provide remote monitoring for more than three million patients around the world.

Shares closed at a two year high on Wednesday. Earnings are July 27th and the July options will deflate too quickly. I am recommending the October strikes but we will exit before the earnings. We can always buy time but we do not have to use it.

Position 6/8/17:

Long Oct $75 call @ $2.90, see portfolio graphic for stop loss.


SHOP - Shopify - Company Profile

Comments:

No specific news. Excellent rebound back to resistance at $91.25.

Original Trade Description: May 31st.

Shopify Inc. provides a cloud-based multi-channel commerce platform for small and medium-sized businesses in Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, and internationally. Its platform provides merchants with a single view of their business and customers in various sales channels, including Web and mobile storefronts, physical retail locations, social media storefronts, and marketplaces; and enables them to manage products and inventory, process orders and payments, ship orders, build customer relationships, and leverage analytics and reporting. The company was formerly known as Jaded Pixel Technologies Inc. and changed its name to Shopify Inc. in November 2011. Company description from FinViz.com.

The company reported a Q1 loss of 4 cents compared to estimates for a loss of 11 cents. Revenue rose 75% to $127.4 million and beat estimates for $122.1 million. Merchant solution revenue rose 92% to $65.3 million and subscription revenue rose 60% to $62.1 million. They guided for Q2 to revenues of $142-$144 million and the full year for $615-$630 million. That is above their prior guidance of $580-$600 million.

Expected earnings August 1st.

The company was very positive about the future outlook. On May 18th they announced a secondary offering for $500 million at $91 per share. The stock dropped from $91 to $81 on the news but immediately recovered. Wednesday's close was a two-week high after that announcement.

SHOP has been discussed multiple times as takeover bait for Ebay or Amazon. Neither company will comment but Amazon would be the likely player. They could gobble up Shopify at $7 billion like a late night snack.

I believe shares are going to resume their upward momentum now that the secondary offering has been consumed by the market.

Update 6/5/17: The S&P/TSX index is considering whether to add SHOP to the Canadian index. That would equate to about 5.4 million shares of additional buying from index funds. The rule change that would allow SHOP to benefit is out for comment until June 9th.

I wanted to buy calls that expire after earnings but there are no August strikes yet. The next strike in October is too expensive. Even the short-term strikes are expensive so I am going with a July spread to reduce the risk.

Position 6/19/17 with a SHOP trade at $89.25:

Long July $95 call @ $3.20, see portfolio graphic for stop loss.
Short July $105 call @ $1.26, see portfolio graphic for stop loss.
Net debit $1.94

Previously closed 6/9/17:
Long July $95 call @ $5.25, exit $5.00, -.25 loss.
Short July $105 call @ $2.35, exit 2.50, -.15 loss.
Net loss 40 cents.


V - Visa Inc - Company Profile

Comments:

No specific news. Uptrend support is holding.

Original Trade Description: June 10th.

Visa Inc. operates as a payments technology company worldwide. The company facilitates commerce through the transfer of value and information among consumers, merchants, financial institutions, businesses, strategic partners, and government entities. It operates VisaNet, a processing network that enables authorization, clearing, and settlement of payment transactions; and offers fraud protection for account holders and assured payment for merchants. The company also offers gateway services for merchants to accept, process, and reconcile payments; manage fraud; and safeguard payment security online, as well as processing services for participating issuers of visa debit, prepaid, and ATM payment products. In addition, it provides digital products, including Visa Checkout that offers consumers an expedited and secure payment experience for online transactions; and Visa Direct, a push payment product platform, which facilitates payer-initiated transactions that are sent directly to the Visa account of the recipient, as well as Visa token service that replaces the card account numbers from the transaction with a token. Further the company offers corporate (travel) and purchasing card products, as well as value-added services. It provides its services under the Visa, Visa Electron, Interlink, V PAY, and PLUS brands. Company description from FinViz.com.

Visa reported earnings of 86 cents compared to estimates for 79 cents. Revenue of $4.5 billion rose 23.5% and beat estimates for $4.3 billion. They raised full year revenue guidance saying they expect to come in at the high end of the $17.49-$17.79 billion prior forecast. Analysts were expecting $17.75 billion. Shares rallied $10 since the earnings report.

Estimated earnings July 20th. Visa shares declined sharply on Friday even though they are not a tech stock. The sudden need to raise cash because of losses elsewhere may have caused investors to take profits in Visa. This should be a buying opportunity. With the Fed likely to raise rates this week the financial community should continue to post gains.

Position 6/12/17:

Long Aug $95 call @ $2.30, see portfolio graphic for stop loss.



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