NEW DIRECTIONAL CALL PLAYS
Semiconductor ETF - SMH - close: 46.42 change: +0.55
Stop Loss: 44.90
Target(s): To Be Determined
Current Option Gain/Loss: Unopened
Average Daily Volume = 2.4 million
Entry on October -- at $---.--
Listed on October 16, 2014
Time Frame: 8 to 12 weeks
New Positions: Yes, see below
Why We Like It:
It looks like the correction in the semiconductor stocks might be done.
The SMH is the Market Vectors Semiconductor Exchange Traded Fund (ETF) that tries to mimic the performance of the Market Vectors Semiconductor 25 index.
Semiconductors as a group had been strong performers with the SMH up +73% from its late 2012 lows.
A few weeks ago the industry started to see some profit taking. MCHP issued an earnings warning last week that that sparked the massive plunge in the SMH. The SMH has witnessed a -15% correction from its 2014 closing high to the closing low on Monday this week. Now it has started to bounce. It's possible all the panic selling is over.
Intel (INTC), a much bigger company than MCHP, just reported earnings on October 14th and the results were better than Wall Street expected. More importantly INTC offered slightly bullish guidance.
Bloomberg noted that INTC said its PC-processor business rose +8.9% last quarter. Sales for INTC's chips for notebook computers soared +21%. Even chips for desktop PCs rose +6% in the third quarter.
The strong results from INTC have helped buoy the SMH, which is starting to rebound after testing (and piercing) long-term support on its weekly chart (shown below).
We suspect the worst might be over. However, this could be a volatile trade. There are a lot of semiconductor companies who have yet to report their results.
The SMH saw its rally stall under $47 and near its 200-dma. Tonight we are suggesting a trigger to buy calls at $47.15.
Trigger @ $47.15
- Suggested Positions -
Buy the 2015 Jan $50 call (SMH150117c50) current ask $0.85
Option Format: symbol-year-month-day-call-strike