NEW BULLISH Plays

NASDAQ OMX Group - NDAQ - close: 31.36 change: +0.38

Stop Loss: 30.75
Target(s): 34.85
Current Gain/Loss: unopened

Entry on February -- at $--.--
Listed on February 23, 2013
Time Frame: 6 to 8 weeks
Average Daily Volume = 2.0 million
New Positions: Yes, see below

Company Description

Why We Like It:
NDAQ is the stock for the NASDAQ equities market. Actually they own and operate 23 markets, three clearing houses, and five central security depositories for stocks, options, fixed income, derivatives, commodities, futures, and structured products. NDAQ is frustrated with what they see as a low valuation for their stock and they're also trying to increase their market share. One of the ways they plan on doing that is increasing their trading hours. According to a company press release, "plans to begin pre-market trading in all NMS securities at 4:00 A.M. Eastern Time (ET), subject to regulatory approval from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The change in system hours will take place no earlier than Monday, March 18, 2013, and the effective date will be confirmed pending filing with the SEC." NDAQ has also been subject to a number of M&A rumors.

The stock's rally has been impressive from its December lows yet momentum slowed in February. The recent consolidation is starting to look like a neutral pennant-shaped pattern. I suspect we'll see NDAQ breakout higher soon.

I am suggesting a trigger to launch small bullish positions at $31.55. If triggered our target is $34.85.

Trigger @ 31.55 *Small Positions*

Suggested Position: buy NDAQ stock @ (trigger)

- (or for more adventurous traders, try this option) -

buy the Apr $33 call (NDAQ1320d33) current ask $0.95

Annotated chart:



Verizon Comm. - VZ - close: 45.40 change: +0.28

Stop Loss: 44.35
Target(s): 47.25
Current Gain/Loss: unopened

Entry on February 25 at $--.--
Listed on February 23, 2013
Time Frame: 6 to 8 weeks
Average Daily Volume = 12.9 million
New Positions: Yes, see below

Company Description

Why We Like It:
Verizon Communications is a giant telecom company. Shares have been consolidating sideways under resistance at the $45.00 level for weeks. The stock just broke out past this level a couple of days ago. We want to jump on board and ride this stock toward its 2012 highs.

I am suggesting small bullish positions now at the open on Monday. Our target is $47.25. More aggressive traders may want to aim for the $50.00 area but you may have to be patient.

*Small Positions*

Suggested Position: buy VZ Stock @ (the open)

Annotated chart: