NEW DIRECTIONAL CALL PLAYS

The Andersons, Inc. - ANDE - close: 44.71 change: +1.06

Stop Loss: 42.45
Target(s): 49.75
Current Option Gain/Loss: Unopened
Time Frame: 3 to 4 weeks
New Positions: Yes, see below

Company Description

Why We Like It:
ANDE is in the farm products industry (think grains and ethanol). The stock has been stair-stepping higher off its 2011 lows. Now the stock is poised to breakout past resistance near $45.00.

I am suggesting we open small bullish positions with a trigger at $45.25 and a stop at $42.45. If triggered our target is $49.75. FYI: The Point & Figure chart for ANDE is bullish with a $74 target.

Trigger @ 45.25 (small positions)

- Suggested Positions -

buy the Jan $45 call (ANDE1221A45) ask $1.45
(readers might want to consider buying February calls instead)

Annotated Chart:

Entry on December xx at $ xx.xx
Earnings Date 02/01/12 (unconfirmed)
Average Daily Volume = 211 thousand
Listed on December 21, 2011


TJX Companies - TJX - close: 63.50 change: +0.39

Stop Loss: 61.90
Target(s): 68.00
Current Option Gain/Loss: Unopened
Time Frame: 3 to 6 weeks
New Positions: Yes, see below

Company Description

Why We Like It:
Analysts are bullish on the discount retailers like TJX as consumers look for the best deals this holiday season. The stock is just starting to breakout from a two-week consolidation. TJX might benefit from a little end of the month window dressing too.

We want to see a little more confirmation. There appears to be resistance at $64.00. I am suggesting a trigger to open small bullish positions at $64.10 with a stop loss at $61.90. TJX doesn't move super fast so we'll need some patience. Our target is $68.00. FYI: The Point & Figure chart for TJX is bullish with a $78 target.

Trigger @ 64.10

- Suggested Positions -

buy the 2012Jan $65 call (TJX1221A65) ask $0.80

- or -

buy the Feb $65 call (TJX1218B65) ask $1.50

Annotated Chart:

Entry on December xx at $ xx.xx
Earnings Date 02/23/12 (unconfirmed)
Average Daily Volume = 2.7 million
Listed on December 21, 2011