NEW BULLISH Plays

Expeditors Intl. of Washington - EXPD - close: 48.26 chg: +0.68

Stop Loss: 46.45
Target(s): To Be Determined
Current Option Gain/Loss: Unopened
Entry on March -- at $---.--
Listed on March 12, 2015
Time Frame: 8 to 12 weeks
Average Daily Volume = 1.3 million
New Positions: Yes, see below

Company Description

Why We Like It:
EXPD is showing relative strength. The stock is up +8% in 2015 versus an S&P 500 that is virtually flat. Meanwhile the Dow Jones Transportation Average is down -1.4%.

EXPD is part of the services sector. According to the company, "Expeditors is a global logistics company headquartered in Seattle, Washington. The company employs trained professionals in 186 full-service offices and numerous satellite locations located on six continents linked into a seamless worldwide network through an integrated information management system. Services include the consolidation or forwarding of air and ocean freight, customs brokerage, vendor consolidation, cargo insurance, domestic time-definite transportation services, purchase order management, warehousing and distribution and customized logistics solutions."

The first half of 2014 was forgettable. EXPD delivered mediocre results with earnings a penny above or below estimates and revenues in-line with expectations. Business improved in the second half of last year. EXPD beat earnings estimates by four cents in the third quarter and by two cents in the fourth quarter. Revenues were up almost +11% in Q3 2014 and up +8.8% in the fourth quarter. Both were above Wall Street estimates.

Bradley Powell, Senior Vice President and CFO commented on the fourth quarter, "During the 2014 fourth quarter we saw strong year-over-year increases in both air and ocean freight volumes. Despite the 10 basis point reduction in overall net revenue margin, airfreight and ocean freight net revenues both managed double digit increases, up 10% and 11%, respectively, as overall net revenue increased 9%."

The stock shot higher on its Q4 results. Shares have been relatively resistant to any profit taking during the market's recent pullback. Traders bought the dip exactly where they should have - at prior resistance. Today's bounce looks like a bullish entry point. The stock's rally in 2015 has helped produce a buy signal on the point & figure chart that is forecasting at $66.00 target. Tonight I am suggesting a trigger to open bullish positions at $48.55.

Trigger @ $48.55

- Suggested Positions -

Buy EXPD stock @ (trigger)

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

Buy the May $50 CALL (EXPD150515C50) current ask $1.00

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

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