Editor's Note:

Shares of our HBI trade soared to new highs following news of an acquisition this morning. We want to exit our HBI trade tomorrow morning.

SAVE hit our stop loss today.


Current Portfolio:


CALL Play Updates

Ameriprise Financial - AMP - close: 119.24 change: +0.74

Stop Loss: 114.40
Target(s): To Be Determined
Current Option Gain/Loss: + 8.3%
Time Frame: 8 to 12 weeks
New Positions: see below

Comments:
06/25/14: AMP bounced off short-term support at its rising 10-dma and recovered most of yesterday's losses. The stock is once again poised to breakout past the $120.00 mark.

Earlier Comments: June 18, 2014:
AMP is in the financial sector. The company, and its subsidiaries, provides a range of financial products including advice and wealth management. The company had a record year in 2013 and it looks like the momentum has continued into 2014. The company' last earnings report was its Q1 results, reported on April 28th. Wall Street was expecting a profit of $1.88 per share on revenues of $2.84 billion. AMP delivered $2.04 with revenues rising +11% to $3 billion.

AMP's Q1 results were a +19% improvement from a year ago. Furthermore both revenues and margins are improving. AMP raised its dividend 12 percent to 58 cents (currently at a 2.0% yield) and announced a $2.5 billion stock buy back program.

Technically shares of AMP are in a long-term up trend and just recently broke out from a five-month consolidation. Traders have already jumped in to buy the dip at prior resistance near $115.00.

- Suggested Positions -

Long Sep $120 call (AMP140920c120) entry $3.60

06/20/14 triggered @ 118.80
Option Format: symbol-year-month-day-call-strike

Entry on June 20 at $118.80
Average Daily Volume = 823 thousand
Listed on June 18, 2014


Anadarko Petroleum - APC - close: 109.57 change: +2.18

Stop Loss: 99.90
Target(s): To Be Determined
Current Option Gain/Loss: + 54.1%
Time Frame: 8 to 12 weeks
New Positions: see below

Comments:
06/25/14: Energy stocks were underperforming the market yesterday. Today they were back to outperforming the major indices. APC bounced with a +2.0% gain.

Earlier Comments: June 10, 2014:
APC is in the basic materials sector. The company is a very active oil and natural gas producer. They have assets in the Rocky Mountains, the Southern U.S., the Gulf of Mexico, and Alaska. Plus, APC is active internationally with assets in Algeria, Brazil, China, Colombia, Ghana, Liberia, Mozambique, New Zealand, Sierra Leone, and South Africa. Altogether APC has a strong onshore and off-shore portfolio.

The company's latest earnings report on May 5th was better than expected. Wall Street was expecting $1.14 per share. APC delivered $1.26. APC said they set record volumes in the quarter at 819,000 barrels of oil equivalent (BOE) per day. Management went on to raise their full-year sales-volume. A week later they increased their dividend by 50% from 18 cents to 27 cents per share.

APC could end up a big liquefied natural gas (LNG) producer with their assets in Mozambique (Southeast Africa). Last year APC drilled two natural gas off-shore wells. This year they could drill up to eight new wells. The company recently upgraded their view on how much recoverable gas in their northern Mozambique assets to 50 trillion to 70 trillion cubic feet. APC is developing an LNG project and plan to deliver their first LNG cargo in 2018.

One of the biggest headlines for APC has been its settlement over the TROX litigation. This refers to a large lawsuit over the bankrupt Tronox company, which was spun-off from APC's Kerr-McGee division. Previously the estimated penalty range for this TROX lawsuit was in the $5.15 billion to $14.17 billion with many analysts estimating the final results would probably be around $10 billion. On April 3rd this year APC reported they would settle this for $5.15 billion, the very low end of the range and the stock exploded higher. Getting past this TROX liability has removed a very dark cloud for the company and the stock price.

It is worth noting that APC still has potential legal risk from the April 2010 Macondo well blow out. BP Plc was the operator and majority owner of the well but APC did own 25% of it. The U.S. judges are arguing that APC will be held responsible for its 25% of the penalties. The final numbers could be huge. The U.S. Clean Water Act allows the government to fine the companies $1,100 per barrel of oil spilled into the Gulf. Plus, they could add another $4,300 penalty per barrel for gross negligence. Right now BP is arguing with the courts over how much oil was spilled. The U.S. is claiming 4.2 million barrels of oil escaped into the Gulf of Mexico. BP estimates only 2.45 million barrels. APC management has suggested they may not be fined for any gross negligence penalties since they did not have any direct operational involvement. The penalty phase for this lawsuit is scheduled for January 2015. This issue is clearly not stopping the rally in shares of APC today.

Technically shares of APC have been consolidating sideways under resistance near $105 with a bullish trend of higher lows. Now the stock is on the verge of breaking out.

- Suggested Positions -

Long NOV $110 call (APC141122C110) entry $4.80*

06/11/14 APC hit our trigger at $105.25
rumors this morning that XOM might buy APC.
*option entry price is an estimate since the option did not trade at the time our play was opened.
Option Format: symbol-year-month-day-call-strike

Entry on June 11 at $105.25
Average Daily Volume = 2.8 million
Listed on June 10, 2014


Capital One Financial - COF - close: 82.33 change: -0.12

Stop Loss: 74.95
Target(s): To Be Determined
Current Option Gain/Loss: + 67.3%
Time Frame: 8 to 12 weeks
New Positions: see below

Comments:
06/25/14: As expected COF dipped to short-term support near $82.00 and its 10-dma. The only disappointment was the stock's anemic bounce from this level.

Earlier Comments:
COF is in the financial sector. The company provides financial services and products in the United States, United Kingdom and Canada. They're probably best known for the Capital One credit cards.

The financial sector took a leadership role in today's widespread market rally. The group has been lagging the big cap indices the last few weeks. If financials resume their up trend it's going to be a rising tide that helps lift shares of COF to new highs.

Financials should also benefit from the big picture view that interest rates will rise. Some of the federal reserve governors have been hinting that the Fed may have to raise rates sooner than expected. If rates do start rising then investors could start buying financials ahead of this trend.

Credit card companies are also showing strength in their loan quality. COF said their charge off rates have been dropping (losses from unpaid loans).

Technically shares of COF have a long-term bullish trend of higher lows and it's about to breakout past resistance and hit new multi-year highs. The point & figure chart is already bullish and suggesting an $83 target.

- Suggested Positions -

Long Sep $80 call (COF140920C80) entry $2.30*

05/28/14 triggered @ 78.75
*option entry price is an estimate since the option did not trade at the time our play was opened.
Option Format: symbol-year-month-day-call-strike

Entry on May 28 at $78.75
Average Daily Volume = 3.0 million
Listed on May 27, 2014


Demandware, Inc. - DWRE - close: 67.19 change: +0.11

Stop Loss: 59.85
Target(s): To Be Determined
Current Option Gain/Loss: -10.4%
Time Frame: 8 to 12 weeks
New Positions: see below

Comments:
06/25/14: DWRE flirted with a breakdown below its 10-dma before rebounding. I am not convinced the pullback in this stock is over. Look for support near $65.

Earlier Comments: June 17, 2014:
DWRE provides cloud-based digital commerce solutions. They first introduced their platform in 2004. According to DWRE's website they "power more than 200 retail brands across more than 800 sites around the globe."

The stock was hammered lower this spring as investors sold everything that might be considered high-growth or a momentum-stock. DWRE corrected from $80 to $45 but shares have since rebounded.

Earnings have been strong. The company reported Q4 numbers in February that beat estimates and DWRE management raised their Q1 and 2014 guidance. DWRE reported their Q1 numbers on May 6th. Wall Street was expecting a loss of 9 cents per share on revenues of $29.0 million. DWRE delivered a loss of 7 cents. Revenues were up +57% to $32.2 million. DWRE's CEO said their momentum from 2013 carried over into 2014. The first quarter this year saw record subscription revenues.

Technically shares of DWRE have broken through resistance in the $60-65 zone and all of its major moving averages. The stock also has short interest that is about 8.5% of the small 31.8 million share float. New relative highs could spark more short covering. Currently the point & figure chart is bullish and suggesting a long-term target of $99.00.

I would consider a more aggressive, higher-risk trade. DWRE can be volatile and the options are not cheap. I'm suggesting small positions to limit our risk.

*small positions* - Suggested Positions -

Long Oct $70 call (DWRE141018c70) entry $6.92

06/18/14 triggered @ 66.75
Option Format: symbol-year-month-day-call-strike

Entry on June 18 at $66.75
Average Daily Volume = 705 thousand
Listed on June 14, 2014


Hanesbrands Inc. - HBI - close: 96.72 change: +8.18

Stop Loss: 81.75
Target(s): To Be Determined
Current Option Gain/Loss: +189.1%
Time Frame: 8 to 12 weeks
New Positions: see below

Comments:
06/25/14: Wall Street loves M&A. This morning HBI announced a deal to buy France's DBApparel company for $545 million. The acquisition will add 25 cents to HBI's earnings in 2015.

Shares of HBI gapped open higher at $94.85 and spiked to $98.70, up more than $10.00, before trimming its gains. HBI ended the session up +9.25.

We are suggesting an immediate exit to lock in potential gains. Our October $90 call ended with a bid/ask spread of $8.50/9.80.

- Suggested Positions -

Long Oct $90 call (HBI141018C90) entry $2.94

06/25/14 prepare to exit tomorrow morning
06/04/14 triggered @ 85.25
Option Format: symbol-year-month-day-call-strike

Entry on June 04 at $85.25
Average Daily Volume = 690 thousand
Listed on May 31, 2014


Martin Marietta Materials - MLM - close: 130.93 change: -0.46

Stop Loss: 129.75
Target(s): To Be Determined
Current Option Gain/Loss: -35.3%
Time Frame: 8 to 12 weeks
New Positions: see below

Comments:
06/25/14: MLM delivered another disappointing session. Shares underperformed the market and closed in negative territory. The stock is still above potential support at the $130.00 mark. I am not suggesting new positions at this time.

Earlier Comments: June 21, 2014:
96 percent of all paved roads in the United States are covered in asphalt. The material is a combination of asphalt oil, sand, and gravel. A lot of those materials come from MLM. The company also supplies stone, sand, gravel and concrete. They have over 300 quarries and distribution centers. They plan on growing as MLM is currently in the process of acquiring Texas Industries (symbol: TXI), which will immediately give MLM a strong presence n California and boost its cement business.

The U.S. economy has been struggling to maintain a +2% growth rate but the outlook seems to be improving. As the U.S. grows it's going to see improvement in the residential and non-residential construction. MLM expects sales to the residential market to grow at more than 10% in 2014.

MLM management has noted that historically low mortgage rates and slowly improving employment trends has been a boost for the residential construction market. Annual housing starts are expected to come in at more than one million homes for the first time since 2007.

Meanwhile non-residential is expected to grow in the high-single digits this year. The sector is seeing stronger fundamentals thanks to rising rents and occupancy rates. Rising property values has helped boost commercial real estate lending and that fuels construction.

MLM is also a major player in materials for roads and highways. Government contracts for highway construction and repair were up +14% for the year through last December. This year both the democrats and the republicans have voiced support for a new highway bill, which could mean more business for MLM.

Margins are improving. MLM said their prior quarter saw margins on its aggregates business improve 400 basis points. MLM plans to raise prices by 3% to 5% this year while production costs are expected to decline. That should further boost MLM's margins.

Investors should be aware that the U.S. Department of Justice is looking into MLM's acquisition of TXI but management does not expect any issues. They're suggesting it's just a review but if the DOJ were to block the deal it could rattle the stock.

Technically shares of MLM have been showing relative strength. The stock recently broke out past significant resistance near $130 and closed the week at multi-year highs. If this strength continues MLM could see more short covering. The most recent data listed short interest at 22% of the relatively small 46 million-share float.

- Suggested Positions -

Long Oct $140 call (MLM141018C140) entry $6.50*

06/23/14 triggered on gap higher at $135.97, suggested entry point was $135.25
*option entry price is an estimate since the option did not trade at the time our play was opened.
Option Format: symbol-year-month-day-call-strike

Entry on June 23 at $135.97
Average Daily Volume = 419 thousand
Listed on June 21, 2014


PPG Industries - PPG - close: 204.47 change: +1.44

Stop Loss: 200.75
Target(s): To Be Determined
Current Option Gain/Loss: - 4.1%
Time Frame: 8 to 10 weeks
New Positions: see below

Comments:
06/25/14: PPG erased yesterday's losses but shares are still struggling to push past resistance near $206.00. Investors may want to wait for a breakout past $206 before considering new positions.

Earlier Comments:
Big cap industrial names have been leading the market higher. PPG is one of them. The company is in the basic materials sector. PPG manufacturers coatings, specialty materials, and glass products.

PPG has developed a strong trend of beating Wall Street's earnings estimates. They just did it again when they reported earnings on April 17th with EPS coming in 10 cents above estimates. Revenues were up +17% year over year to $3.64 billion. Earnings were up +33% from a year ago at $1.98 per share. The company is also seeing margin improvement.

Last month PPG's management announced a $2 billion stock buyback program and raised their dividend by +10% to $0.61 per share. PPG's CEO said that his company saw volumes improve in Europe for the first time in ten quarters. The tough winter in the U.S. did not hurt them. Thus far PPG has been able to pass along small price increases to offset rising commodity costs.

Technically the stock is in a long-term up trend. Shares have spent the last three months consolidating below the $200 level. Now the bullish pattern of higher lows is about to push PPG through major resistance near $200-201.

The Point & Figure chart is bullish and forecasting at $222.00 target.

- Suggested Positions -

Long Aug $210 call (PPG140816C210) entry $3.65*

06/19/14 new stop @ 200.75
05/30/14 triggered @ 202.00
*option entry price is an estimate since the option did not trade at the time our play was opened.
Option Format: symbol-year-month-day-call-strike

Entry on May 30 at $202.00
Average Daily Volume = 552 thousand
Listed on May 29, 2014


Starbucks Corp. - SBUX - close: 78.12 change: +0.69

Stop Loss: 71.75
Target(s): To Be Determined
Current Option Gain/Loss: +38.5%
Time Frame: 8 to 12 weeks
New Positions: see below

Comments:
06/25/14: SBUX gapped down at the open but spent the rest of the day in a steady climb higher. The stock is nearing potential resistance at its March 2014 peak at $78.64.

I am not suggesting new positions at the moment.

Earlier Comments: June 14, 2014:
The twin-tailed siren of Stabucks could be ready to sing for investors again. The company is named after the first mate in Herman Melville's Moby Dick. According to company literature their mission is "to inspire and nurture the human spirit - one person, one cup and one neighborhood at a time."

Notice it didn't say one cup of coffee at a time. Make no mistake. Coffee is big business. According to Business Insider coffee is worth about $100 billion globally and planet earth drinks about 500 billion cups of coffee every year. Quite a few of those cups are consumed at Starbucks' ubiquitous coffee chain, which now has over 10,000 company-run stores and over 9,500 licensed stores.

Believe it or not but tea is a bigger market. Tea producers churn out more than 4 billion kilograms of tea every year. Tea is the second-most consumed beverage behind water. Several months ago SBUX purchased the Teavana chain for $620 million. Now they're planning to update and expand the brand into 1,000 tea bars in the next five years.

SBUX recently said that food remains a big opportunity and currently food sales are only 22% of its U.S. business. SBUX purchased the French bakery chain "La Boulange" in 2012 and they've started distributing some of the bakery's products in more than 6,000 Starbucks stores. These should reach all of their coffee stores by the end of this year. They're also testing lunch items and testing alcohol sales in certain states. That means Malbec wines and bacon-wrapped dates could be available at a Starbucks store near you soon. The company said that adding food items has increased purchases and boosting ticket growth.

This past week SBUX said they're going to roll out wireless charging mats for smartphones in some of their stores soon.

Put it altogether and the company has big plans. Their latest earnings report in late April was mixed. Profits were in-line with estimates but revenues were a miss although same-store sales came in above expectations. SBUX management raised their Q4 guidance and 2014 guidance following its results.

- Suggested Positions -

Long OCT $80 call (SBUX141018c80) entry $1.66

06/17/14: triggered @ 75.65
Option Format: symbol-year-month-day-call-strike

Entry on June 17 at $75.65
Average Daily Volume = 3.5 million
Listed on June 14, 2014


U.S. Silica Holdings - SLCA - close: 53.87 change: +1.45

Stop Loss: 48.40
Target(s): To Be Determined
Current Option Gain/Loss: + 7.9%
Time Frame: 8 to 12 weeks
New Positions: see below

Comments:
06/25/14: Traders bought the dip near SLCA's 10-dma and 20-dma again this morning. The stock's rebound erased yesterday's pullback. Now SLCA faces resistance near $55.00.

Earlier Comments: June 14, 2014:
There is a new gold rush going on for sand! America's shale oil and gas boom has created another boom for sand producers. Energy companies use hydraulic fracking to mine oil and gas out of tight shale formations. This fracking technique blasts millions of gallons of water at high pressure into shale rock where the oil and gas is trapped. These wells can cost between $4 million and $12 million each. In order to maximize their returns drillers use proppants to help "prop" open these minute cracks in the shale rock to help the oil and gas escape to the surface.

The cheapest and one of the most effective proppants has been fine sand. SLCA has been providing sand for industrial use for over 100 years. The company currently has 297 million tons in reserve. Oil and gas industry demand for proppants is expected to rise +30% between 2013 and 2016. That might be underestimated. The energy industry consumed 56.3 billion pounds of sand for fracking in 2013. That's up 25% from 2011.

According to SLCA they saw a +45% increase in demand for their sand. SLCA's CEO reported that some hydraulic fracking wells have doubled their use of sand from 2,500 tons per well to 5,000 tons. There are some wells using up to 8,000 tons.

Demand has been so strong that SLCA is actually sold out of some grades of sand and they're raising prices (about +20%) on non-contracted silica. SLCA believes demand for their products will rise another 25% this year alone.

Wall Street has taken notice of the dynamics of the sand industry and shares of SLCA have soared from their February 2014 lows. It may not be a coincidence that the stock was added to the S&P 600 smallcap index in February this year.

We are not setting an exit target tonight but Point & Figure chart for SLCA is bullish with a $69 target.

- Suggested Positions -

Long Sep $55 call (SLCA140920C55) entry $3.15*

06/17/14 triggered @ 52.15
*option entry price is an estimate since the option did not trade at the time our play was opened.
Option Format: symbol-year-month-day-call-strike

Entry on June 17 at $52.15
Average Daily Volume = 1.2 million
Listed on June 14, 2014




PUT Play Updates

Tractor Supply Co. - TSCO - close: 62.26 change: -0.31

Stop Loss: 64.10
Target(s): To Be Determined
Current Option Gain/Loss: Unopened
Time Frame: 8 to 12 weeks
New Positions: Yes, see below

Comments:
06/25/14: TSCO continues to underperform the U.S. market and fell another -0.48% today. Shares are nearing support at $62.00 and its February low.

I do not see any changes from last night's new play description.

Earlier Comments: June 24, 2014:
TSCO has everything from cowboy boots to chicken coops and everything you might possibly need on the farm. The company has over 1,300 stores in 48 states. This specialty retailer is focused on the "lifestyle needs of recreational farmers and ranchers and others who enjoy the rural lifestyle, as well as tradesmen and small businesses."

A lot of things are on the rise for TSCO. They have rising sales, a rising dividend, rising stock buyback program. What is not rising is their stock price. Shares peaked in January this year after surging to all-time highs in 2013. The company has been raising its dividend, now up to 16 cents a share. They also recently announced another $1 billion to their stock buyback program. Unfortunately these do not seem to be helping the share price.

Their last earnings report was April 23rd. TSCO reported Q1 earnings of 35 cents a share on revenues of $1.18 billion. That missed estimates of 37 cents on revenues of $1.21 billion. To be fair the terrible weather in the first quarter really did affect their sales, given their farm and rancher focus. Management believes these sales will return as the weather improves. TSCO reaffirmed their 2014 sales guidance of $5.62 billion to $5.7 billion and same-store sales of 2.5% to 4%. The company plans to open over 100 new stores this year.

Not everyone on Wall Street believes TSCO is a buy. The company was recently downgraded thanks to its high valuation (over 26 times its 2014 earnings estimates) and weaker gross margins. TSCO also seems to be suffering from slowing same-store sales. Last year their average same-store sales growth was +4.8%. The fourth quarter's was +3.5%. The first quarter of 2014 it was down to +2.2%. Again, you could blame that on the weather but it's not a good trend.

Technically shares of TSCO are in a bearish pattern of lower highs and soon to be lower lows. The February low was $62.06. We are suggesting a trigger to buy puts at $61.90. We are not setting an exit target tonight. It is worth noting that the point & figure chart is bearish and suggesting a $46 target.

Trigger @ $61.90

- Suggested Positions -

Buy the Oct $60 PUT (TSCO141018P60) current ask $2.50

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

Entry on June -- at $---.--
Average Daily Volume = 871 thousand
Listed on June 24, 2014



CLOSED BULLISH PLAYS

Spirit Airlines - SAVE - close: 62.83 change: +0.31

Stop Loss: 61.90
Target(s): To Be Determined
Current Option Gain/Loss: -30.4%
Time Frame: 8 to 12 weeks
New Positions: see below

Comments:
06/25/14: SAVE ended the session with a bounce but not before piercing short-term support near $62.00. The stock hit our stop loss at $61.90 intraday.

We are still longer-term bullish on SAVE. Readers may want to keep this stock on their watch list for a breakout past $65.00 as a potential entry point.

- Suggested Positions -

Sep $65 call (SAVE140920C65) entry $4.10* exit $2.85** (-30.4%)

06/25/14 stopped out
**option exit price is an estimate since the option did not trade at the time our play was closed.
06/23/14 triggered @ 64.75
*option entry price is an estimate since the option did not trade at the time our play was opened.
Option Format: symbol-year-month-day-call-strike

chart:

Entry on June 23 at $64.75
Average Daily Volume = 898 thousand
Listed on June 21, 2014