NEW BULLISH Plays

Ctrip.com Intl. Ltd. - CTRP - close: 46.03 change: +1.03

Stop Loss: 44.75
Target(s): 49.75
Current Gain/Loss: unopened

Entry on August -- at $--.--
Listed on August 17, 2013
Time Frame: 6 to 8 weeks
Average Daily Volume = 3.0 million
New Positions: Yes, see below

Company Description

Why We Like It:
CTRP provides travel services inside China. The company delivered better than expected earnings results on the last day of July and shares gapped open higher on August 1st. Since then the stock has garnered some bullish analyst comments. There has been very little profit taking. Actually, instead of following the market lower this past week CTRP has bucked the trend and pushed higher.

Friday's intraday high was $46.46. I am suggesting a trigger to open bullish positions at $46.55. If triggered our target is $49.75. More aggressive traders may want to aim higher. The all-time high is near $53.00.

Trigger @ 46.55

Suggested Position: buy CTRP stock @ (trigger)

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

Buy the Sep $50 call (CTRP1321i50) current ask $0.85

Annotated chart:



Electronic Arts - EA - close: 26.89 change: +0.41

Stop Loss: 26.25
Target(s): 29.75
Current Gain/Loss: unopened

Entry on August -- at $--.--
Listed on August 17, 2013
Time Frame: 6 to 8 weeks
Average Daily Volume = 4.2 million
New Positions: Yes, see below

Company Description

Why We Like It:
Shares of EA held up pretty well on Friday considering news out that video game sales plunged in July. According to researcher NPD Group, U.S. retail sales of video games and accessories plunged -19% in July. According to SuperData Research, who includes online video game sales, they said video game sales fell -13%. That's double-digit percentage declines in both reports and analysts suspect it could be consumers saving their money and waiting for the next wave of game consoles due out later this year.

In spite of the bad news about July game sales EA actually rallied on Friday with a +1.5% gain. Shares have spent the last three weeks consolidating sideways under resistance near $27.00. The fact that EA did not follow the market lower these last two weeks is a positive sign. The stock looks poised for a breakout past key resistance near $27.00 and we're suggesting a trigger to open bullish positions at $27.10. If triggered our target is $29.75.

Trigger @ $27.10

Suggested Position: buy EA stock @ (trigger)

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

buy the Sep $28 call (EA1321i28) current ask $0.50

Annotated chart:



Halliburton Company - HAL - close: 46.95 change: +0.27

Stop Loss: 45.80
Target(s): 49.85
Current Gain/Loss: unopened

Entry on August -- at $--.--
Listed on August 17, 2013
Time Frame: 6 to 8 weeks
Average Daily Volume = 9.0 million
New Positions: Yes, see below

Company Description

Why We Like It:
HAL is in the oil services industry. The stock has been outperforming the OSX oil services index and the XLE energy ETF. The stock has managed to post gains this past week while the rest of the market retreats. HAL ended the week near two-year highs and looks poised to keep climbing.

There is short-term resistance at $47.00. We are suggesting a trigger to open bullish positions at $47.10. If triggered our target is $49.85. If you have a longer time frame you could aim higher.

Trigger @ 47.10

Suggested Position: buy HAL stock @ (trigger)

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

Buy the Oct $50 call (HAL1319j50) current ask $0.69

Annotated chart: