Editor's Note:

The U.S. market struggled with any follow-through on yesterday's bounce. Meanwhile investors have mixed feelings how they want to interpret the weak earnings picture thanks to the strong U.S. dollar.

AAP, CTRP, and GPN all hit our bullish entry triggers.

PANW has been removed.

We want to exit our CAH trade tomorrow morning.


Current Portfolio:


CALL Play Updates

Advance Auto Parts - AAP - close: 152.40 change: +0.00

Stop Loss: 147.75
Target(s): To Be Determined
Current Option Gain/Loss: -15.8%
Average Daily Volume = 891 thousand
Entry on April 21 at $154.00
Listed on April 20, 2015
Time Frame: Exit PRIOR to earnings on May 21st
New Positions: see below

Comments:
04/21/15: Shares of AAP gapped open higher and then spiked toward new two-month highs this morning. The rally failed at $154.66 but that was enough to hit our suggested entry point at $154.00. AAP spent the rest of the day hovering in the $152.20-153.00 area.

I am suggesting investors wait for a new rally past $154.00 before launching new positions.

Trade Description: April 20, 2015:
According to Sterne Agee analysts Ali Faghri and Michael Ward the combination of cheap gasoline and mother nature have created a bullish environment for auto part retailers.

Gasoline is off its early 2015 lows but it's still trading near four year lows. Today a gallon of gas is more than $1.00 less than the prior three years. Cheaper gas means more miles driven. The number of miles driven by Americans has risen 11 months in a row. The most recent data has hit levels not seen since 2007. Higher miles driven means more demand for replacement parts, maintenance, and repair work. That means more business for companies like AAP.

Meanwhile the weather has been a boon for auto parts makers. The harsh winter tends to reduce traffic but it's harder on vehicles and roads. The snow, gravel, and in some areas of the country road salt, increase wear and tear on your car. The freezing temperatures and precipitation generate more pot holes and road hazards, which also increase wear on your car. Now that we're into spring and the weather is improving we should see miles driven rise even further.

One company that should benefit is AAP. They're in the services sector with a chain of auto parts stores. According to the company, "Headquartered in Roanoke, Va., Advance Auto Parts, Inc., the largest automotive aftermarket parts provider in North America, serves both the professional installer and do-it-yourself customers. As of January 3, 2015 Advance operated 5,261 stores and 111 Worldpac branches and served approximately 1,325 independently-owned Carquest branded stores in the United States, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Canada. Advance employs approximately 73,000 Team Members."

It is worth pointing out that AAP's most recent earnings report was a disappointment. They reported Q4 earnings on February 12th. Earnings were up +104% to $1.37 per share. Revenues soared +48% to $2.09 billion. Yet in spite of these huge improvements AAP still missed analysts' expectations. It was the first earnings miss in more than two years. If that wasn't bad enough management then lowered their earnings and revenue guidance for 2015. Not surprisingly the stock was crushed the next day.

RBC Capital Markets analyst Scot Ciccarelli is still bullish on the stock. He noted that AAP's big acquisition of General Parts International last year has delivered cost synergies above expectations. Scot believes AAP offers "the best appreciation potential in the automotive aftermarket retail space."

Not everyone agrees. Daryl Boehringer, with Cleveland Research, believes that AAP is having trouble with its General Parts merger. According to Boehringer, he is, "more cautious on the near-term performance of the company as disruptions associated with the integration of GPI (entering the 'heavy-lifting' stage) appear to be having a fairly meaningful negative impact on the business... the large size and scope of the GPI integration will likely cause disruptions to AAP's business that make an upside earnings scenario less achievable."

If price is truth then the long-term trend favors the bulls. Shares of AAP did see a correction from $163 down to $143 but bounced off technical support at its rising 200-dma (and long-term trend line). Today shares are breaking through resistance at the 50-dma and look poised to keep climbing.

We believe this rebound will continue. However, we want to see a rally past the simple 100-dma, currently at $153.80. Tonight we're suggesting a trigger to buy calls at $154.00.

- Suggested Positions -

Long JUN $160 CALL (AAP150619C160) entry $3.80

04/21/15 triggered @ $154.00
Option Format: symbol-year-month-day-call-strike


Cardinal Health, Inc. - CAH - close: 90.35 change: +0.21

Stop Loss: 87.75
Target(s): To Be Determined
Current Option Gain/Loss: -31.8%
Average Daily Volume = 1.7 million
Entry on March 30 at $90.55
Listed on March 28, 2015
Time Frame: Exit PRIOR to earnings on April 30th
New Positions: see below

Comments:
04/21/15: We have been patiently waiting for CAH to breakout past resistance near $91.50. Unfortunately it looks like we may run out of time. CAH has earnings coming up on April 30th.

Tonight we've decided to cut our losses and exit this trade tomorrow morning.

- Suggested Positions -

Long MAY $90 CALL (CAH150515C90) entry $2.86

04/21/15 prepare to exit tomorrow morning
03/30/15 triggered @ 90.55
Option Format: symbol-year-month-day-call-strike


Ctrip.com - CTRP - close: 65.16 change: +1.61

Stop Loss: 61.30
Target(s): To Be Determined
Current Option Gain/Loss: -8.8%
Average Daily Volume = 2.9 million
Entry on April 21 at $65.15
Listed on April 14, 2015
Time Frame: 3 to 5 weeks, Exit PRIOR to earnings in May
New Positions: see below

Comments:
04/21/15: Our CTRP trade is finally open. Shares displayed relative strength with a +2.5% gain and a breakout past resistance near $65.00. The stock hit our suggested entry point at $65.15.

Trade Description: April 14, 2015;
The Chinese economy grew +7.4% last year. Today estimates are suggesting +7.0% for 2015, the slowest pace in 24 years. One area that is outperforming the broader economy is travel. Travel is expected to grow twice as fast. Leading the way is CTRP, China's largest online travel provider.

CTRP is part of the services sector. According to the company, "Ctrip.com International, Ltd. is a leading travel service provider of accommodation reservation, transportation ticketing, packaged tours, and corporate travel management in China. It is the largest online consolidator of accommodations and transportation tickets in China in terms of transaction volume. Ctrip aggregates comprehensive travel related information and offers its services through an advanced transaction and service platform consisting of its mobile apps, Internet websites and centralized, toll-free, 24-hour customer service center. Ctrip enables business and leisure travelers to make informed and cost-effective bookings. It also helps customers book vacation packages and guided tours. In addition, through its corporate travel management services, Ctrip helps corporate clients effectively manage their travel requirements. Since its inception in 1999, Ctrip has experienced substantial growth and become one of the best-known travel brands in China."

The company's most recent earnings report sparked quite a reaction. CTRP reported its Q4 and fiscal year 2014 results on March 19th. Analysts were expecting a loss of $0.09 a share on revenues of $306.29 million. CTRP delivered a loss of $0.11. Investors ignored the miss thanks to revenues rising +33% to $308.37 million.

James Liang, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Ctrip, commented on his company's results saying, "In the fourth quarter of 2014, our main business lines demonstrated strong momentum. Accommodation reservation and transportation ticketing services reached 53% and 102% year-over-year volume growth respectively. Total GMV of packaged tour business reached RMB13 billion in 2014. Our new initiatives have propelled the expansion in our market share. Cumulative mobile app downloads reached nearly 600 million by the end of the year, growing over 70% from the previous quarter. Over 70% of transactions were made through mobile platforms during the Chinese New Year holiday. 2015 could be another exciting year. We will continue to focus on technology, service quality and efficiency, product comprehensiveness and price competitiveness, to create greater value for our customers, our partners, our employees and ultimately, our investors."

What really caught the market's attention was CTRP's guidance. The company expects Q1 revenues to surge +40% to +50%. That would be the highest growth rate since 2010 and above Wall Street's estimates for +30%. Mr. Liang said that CTRP owns about 5% of the travel market in China. Longer-term he believes CTRP could have about 20% of the market but it will be a much bigger market with travel expected to grow +500%.

Shares of CTRP gapped open higher from $46.00 to $55.00 and hit $60 a few days after its earnings report. Today shares are consolidating sideways below resistance near $65.00. Traders just bought the dip at its rising 10-dma this morning.

We want to hop on board if CTRP breaks through $65.00. Tonight we're listing an entry point to buy calls at $65.15.

- Suggested Positions -

Long MAY $65 CALL (CTRP150515C65) entry $3.29

04/21/15 triggered @ 65.15
Option Format: symbol-year-month-day-call-strike


G-III Apparel Group, Ltd. - GIII - close: 117.47 change: +0.91

Stop Loss: 113.85
Target(s): To Be Determined
Current Option Gain/Loss: -32.8%
Average Daily Volume = 207 thousand
Entry on April 09 at $116.77
Listed on April 08, 2015
Time Frame: Exit PRIOR to the 2:1 split on May 4th
New Positions: Yes, see below

Comments:
04/21/15: GIII also showed some relative strength today and posted a +0.78% gain. A rally past $118.00 should be a breakout past the very short-term trend of lower highs.

I'm not suggesting new positions at current levels. We want to exit prior to the stock split on May 4th.

Trade Description: April 8, 2015:
GIII has been showing relative strength and could deliver a strong pre-stock split rally. The company is in the consumer goods sector. They make apparel.

The company describes itself as, "G-III is a leading manufacturer and distributor of outerwear, dresses, sportswear, swimwear, women's suits, women’s performance wear, footwear, luggage, women's handbags, small leather goods and cold weather accessories under licensed brands, owned brands and private label brands. G-III sells swimwear, resort wear, and related accessories under our own Vilebrequin brand. G-III also sells outerwear, dresses, and performance wear under our own Andrew Marc and Marc New York brands, and has licensed these brands to select third parties in certain product categories.

G-III has fashion licenses under the Calvin Klein, Kenneth Cole, Cole Haan, Guess?, Tommy Hilfiger, Jones New York, Jessica Simpson, Vince Camuto, Ivanka Trump, Ellen Tracy, Kensie, Levi's and Dockers brands. Through our team sports business, we have licenses with the National Football League, National Basketball Association, Major League Baseball, National Hockey League, Touch by Alyssa Milano and more than 100 U.S. colleges and universities. Our other owned brands include Bass, G.H. Bass, G-III Sports by Carl Banks, Eliza J, Black Rivet and Jessica Howard. G-III also operates retail stores under the Wilsons Leather, Bass, G.H. Bass & Co., Vilebrequin and Calvin Klein Performance names."

Looking at GIII's earnings performance last year the company has beaten Wall Street's bottom line earnings estimates four quarters in a row and usually by a wide margin. GIII also beat analysts' revenue estimates three out of the last four quarters. When GIII reported its Q3 results back in December they raised guidance above Wall Street expectations.

Their most recent report was their Q4 results on March 24th. Earnings were up +58% from a year ago to $0.98 a share. That was 15 cents above estimates. For their fiscal year 2015, which ended on January 31st, GIII said adjusted earnings were up +21% while revenues were up +23% from a year ago.

In their earnings press release Morris Goldfarb, G-III's Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President, said, "Fiscal 2015 was another strong year of sales and profit growth for G-III. We drove strong performances across our portfolio of businesses, solidified our market position, and successfully executed across a range of strategic initiatives, including the integration and repositioning of the G.H. Bass business we acquired in the fourth quarter of last year. We are pleased to have achieved another record year for both net sales and net income per share."

The stock did see a little profit taking when management offered conservative guidance but traders bought the dip a couple of days later. Now the stock is hitting new all-time highs.

Yesterday morning, April 7th, GIII announced a 2-for-1 stock split. The shareholder record date is April 20th. GIII should begin trading post-split on Monday, May 4th. Shares look like they could produce a strong pre-split run up. We want to hop on board for the next three weeks and exit prior to the split date. Tonight we're suggesting a trigger to buy calls at $116.65.

- Suggested Positions -

Long MAY $120 CALL (GIII150515C120) entry $2.90

04/13/15 new stop @ 113.85
04/09/15 triggered @ 116.77, on a midday gap higher
Suggested entry was $116.65
Option Format: symbol-year-month-day-call-strike


Global Payments Inc. - GPN - close: 101.63 change: +1.34

Stop Loss: 98.25
Target(s): To Be Determined
Current Option Gain/Loss: +8.8%
Average Daily Volume = 589 thousand
Entry on April 21 at $101.05
Listed on April 18, 2015
Time Frame: 8 to 12 weeks
New Positions: see below

Comments:
04/21/15: We were fortunate enough to see shares of GPN also display relative strength today. The stock rallied +1.3% with a surge to new all-time highs. Our trigger to launch bullish positions was hit at $101.05.

Trade Description: April 18, 2015:
GPN is in the services sector. They provide money transfers and electronic payment solutions.

According to the company website, "Global Payments Inc. (GPN) is a leading worldwide provider of payment technology services that delivers innovative solutions driven by customer needs globally. Our partnerships, technologies and employee expertise enable us to provide a broad range of products and services that allow our customers to accept all payment types across a variety of distribution channels in many markets around the world. Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia with more than 4,300 employees worldwide, Global Payments is a Fortune 1000 Company with merchants and partners in 29 countries throughout North America, Europe, the Asia-Pacific region and Brazil."

The company has been consistently delivering strong earnings growth. GPN has beaten Wall Street's expectations and guided higher the last three quarters in a row. Their most recent report was April 8th when GPN delivered their 2015 Q3 results. Earnings were up +18.7% to $1.14 a share. Revenues were up +8% to $665 million. Growth was driven by strong performances in the U.S. and their Asia-Pacific operations.

Management raised their forecast again. They see 2015 earnings in the $4.77-4.84 range, which would be +8% to +10% growth. They're forecasting 2015 revenues in the $2.75-2.80 billion range or +16% to +18% growth.

GPN management is also shareholder friendly and has been significantly boosting their stock buy back program. They recently announced an accelerated share repurchase program up to $100 million.

The stock has rallied on the strong earnings results and buyback news. Today GPN is hovering near all-time highs around psychological resistance at the $100 level. It was impressive that GPN did not participate in the market's widespread sell-off on Friday. We want to be ready to hop on board if GPN can rally past resistance at $100.

Tonight we're suggesting a trigger to buy calls at $101.05.

- Suggested Positions -

Long AUG $105 CALL (GPN150821C105) entry $2.85

04/21/15 triggered @ 101.05
Option Format: symbol-year-month-day-call-strike


iShares Russell 2000 ETF - IWM - close: 125.52 change: -0.13

Stop Loss: 124.85
Target(s): To Be Determined
Current Option Gain/Loss: +8.8%
Average Daily Volume = 32.7 million
Entry on March 27 at $123.05
Listed on March 26, 2015
Time Frame: Exit prior to May option expiration
New Positions: see below

Comments:
04/21/15: The early morning rally attempt in the IWM failed. Thankfully there was not any follow through lower. Shares of the small cap ETF spent most of the day consolidating sideways.

Tonight we are going to take a very defensive approach and raise the stop loss to $124.85. More aggressive traders may want to keep their stop below Friday's low of $123.82 instead. That would give the IWM more room to maneuver.

No new positions at this time.

Trade Description: March 26, 2015:
The IWM is the exchange traded fund (ETF) that mimics the small cap Russell 2000 index ($RUT). Last year we saw the Russell 2000 underperform its large cap rivals. The S&P 500 delivered a +11.5% gain in 2014 while the $RUT only rose +3.6%. The situation has changed this year. As of last week's high the $RUT was up +5.3% compared to a +2.3% gain in the S&P 500.

Investors have been drawn to small cap companies because they will endure the impact of a strong dollar better than the large caps. Many of the large cap S&P 500 companies are big multi-national firms. Almost 50% of revenues for S&P 500 components are overseas. Yet only 20% of revenues for Russell 2000 companies are outside the U.S. At the same time the U.S. economy, while growing slowly, is still growing faster than Europe.

Technically the IWM was holding up pretty well until Wednesday's market-wide plunge. Traders bought the dip today near its trend of higher lows. The point & figure chart for the IWM is still bullish and forecasting a long-term target of $154.00. We think stocks could see a bounce soon and the IWM could be a great way to play it. Tonight we are suggesting a trigger to buy calls at $123.05. We'll start this trade with a stop at $119.65.

- Suggested Positions -

Long MAY $125 CALL (IWM150515C125) entry $1.94

04/21/15 new stop @ 124.85
04/07/15 new stop @ 122.85
04/04/15 new stop @ 121.65
03/27/15 triggered @ 123.05
Option Format: symbol-year-month-day-call-strike




PUT Play Updates

Big Lots Inc. - BIG - close: 47.04 change: +0.32

Stop Loss: 50.05
Target(s): To Be Determined
Current Option Gain/Loss: -28.9%
Average Daily Volume = 1.1 million
Entry on April 14 at $46.85
Listed on April 13, 2015
Time Frame: Exit PRIOR to May option expiration
New Positions: see below

Comments:
04/21/15: BIG posted its second gain in a row but the bounce might be stalling near $47.00 and its simple 10-dma.

No new positions at this time.

Trade Description: April 13, 2015:
Momentum for this retail name is clearly rolling over. According to the company's latest press release, "Big Lots Inc. (BIG) is a unique, non-traditional discount retailer operating 1,460 Big Lots stores in 48 states with product assortments in the merchandise categories of Food, Consumables, Furniture & Home Decor, Seasonal, Soft Home, Hard Home, and Electronics & Accessories. Our vision is to be recognized for providing an outstanding shopping experience for our customers, valuing and developing our associates, and creating growth for our shareholders."

The company's earnings results have been mixed. The huge sell-off on December 5th was a reaction to its Q3 earnings. BIG lost $0.06 per share, which was worse than expected and revenues were essentially flat. The fourth quarter was significantly better with BIG delivering a profit of $1.76 per share compared to estimates of $1.75. Revenues were up +1.4% and were in-line with estimates of $1.59 billion. Comparable store sales were up to +2.9% in the fourth quarter.

Unfortunately, management guided lower for Q1 and the rest of their fiscal 2016. Their forecast of $2.75-2.90 in earnings is below Wall Street's $2.96 estimate. Comparable store sales are going to be in the low single digits. The company tried to soften the bad news by raising their dividend and adding to their stock buyback program.

The post-earnings rally didn't last. Shares of BIG have rolled over and now the path of least resistance is lower. The $46.00 level, along with the simple 200-dma, is potential support but we are expecting this weakness in BIG to accelerate. Tonight we are listing a trigger to buy puts at $46.85 with an initial stop loss at $50.05.

- Suggested Positions -

Long MAY $47.50 PUT (BIG150515P4750) entry $1.90

04/14/15 triggered @ $46.85
Option Format: symbol-year-month-day-call-strike


Jack in the Box, Inc. - JACK - close: 91.59 change: -0.32

Stop Loss: 95.05
Target(s): To Be Determined
Current Option Gain/Loss: -23.3%
Average Daily Volume = 564 thousand
Entry on April 17 at $91.88
Listed on April 16, 2015
Time Frame: 2 to 4 weeks, exit PRIOR to earnings in mid May
New Positions: see below

Comments:
04/21/15: Shares of JACK continued to sink, underperforming the market with a -0.34% decline. Tomorrow could be interesting. Both CMG and YUM reported earnings tonight. CMG beat the bottom line but missed Wall Street's revenue estimate. YUM beat the bottom line estimate while revenues were in-line with estimates. CMG is down sharply after hours while YUM is up sharply. The question now is which one will influence trading in JACK tomorrow?

No new positions at this time.

Trade Description: April 16, 2015:
It's a burger-eat-burger world out there in the fast-food business. Jack in the Box is small fries compared to its larger rivals like McDonalds (36,258 locations) and Wendy's (6,515 locations). Let's not forget heavy weights like Taco Bell, Burger King, Subway, Dairy Queen, and a handful of pizza chains. JACK only has about 2,200 restaurants but it also has a secret weapon and that is the Qdoba Mexican Grill restaurant with about 600 locations. Chipotle Mexican Grill has almost 1,800 locations.

Some of that intense competition being felt by McDonalds and Chipotle Mexican Grill is coming from Jack in the Box and its Qdoba brand, which is growing sharply. A majority of their Qdoba franchisees own multiple stores with 10, 20 even 40 stores common. Enterprising business owners don't open additional stores if the original stores are not working. To have so many owners with high numbers of stores suggests the franchise is consistently profitable.

To be profitable they need solid customer traffic, good food and decent margins. Shares of JACK have been one of the best performers on the S&P over the last couple of years because the company has been posting solid earnings and growth.

With analysts cutting earnings estimates for McDonalds and Chipotle because of competition in the sector it makes sense to look at what has happened at JACK. Over the last quarter and the last year not a single analyst has lowered their earnings estimates for JACK. According to Zacks there has been a noticeable trend of raising estimates. JACK is expected to grow +16% to +20% this year and in 2016. JACK has beaten earnings by an average of 6% over the last four quarters.

Because of the drop in gasoline prices consumers have more money in their pocket. Some of that money is going to end up in the cash registers at these fast food outlets. Customers are also trending towards healthier foods and away from the mass produced burgers and fries at McDonalds. Did you know there are 19 ingredients in McDonalds fries? Surely you didn't think they were just potatoes and grease? Restaurants like JACK and Chipotle are capitalizing on the healthy food craze. JACK store sales rose an average of 5.7% over the last three quarters but Qdoba sales rose +13% for the year and +7.7% in Q4. Zacks rates JACK as a strong buy.

The company plans to open 15 new Jack in the Box stores in 2015. They're also cashing in on Qdoba's success and planning to open 50 to 60 new Qdoba locations. That compares to just 12 new Jacks and 38 new Qdobas in 2014.

It's also worth noting that JACK has an active share buyback program and they reduced the share count by 10% over the last four quarters. Earnings growth rose +20% in Q3 after three years of consecutive earnings growth of more than 30%.

JACK's most recent earnings report was February 17th, when they reported their 2015 Q1 results. Analysts were expecting a profit of $0.87 a share on revenues of $461.2 million. JACK delivered earnings of $0.93 a share. That's a +24% improvement from a year ago. Revenues were up +4.1% to $468.6 million, above estimates. Their operating margins improved 1% to 19.3%.

Management expects same-store sales at Jack in the Box to surge from +0.9% a year ago to +5% to +7% in Q2. Qdoba same-store sales are forecasted to be in the +7% to +9% range. The company raised full-year 2015 guidance to $2.85-2.97 a share compared to Wall Street estimates of $2.84.

Everything I just wrote about JACK is bullish. The company is growing. They're profitable and seem to be stealing market share from its rivals. Yet right now the market doesn't care. Shares of JACK have been underperforming the major indices since they peaked on March 25th at round-number resistance near the $100.00 level. There was a technical bounce off its 50-dma several days ago but that has faded.

Traders seem to be selling the rallies in JACK now. Today's display of relative weakness (-0.6%) also left JACK below technical support at its 50-dma for the first time since August 2014.

I'm longer-term bullish on JACK. Bloomberg just published an article this week on how consumer spending at restaurants and bars was more than spending on groceries for the first time ever in March 2015. The data suggests that younger, millennial consumers are more willing to spend on eating out. There is a bug in this data. The Commerce Department is not counting companies like Wal-mart, Target, or Costco as grocery stores even though they all have significant grocery businesses.

On a short-term basis JACK looks weak. The point & figure chart just turned bearish this month. We are suggesting a trigger to buy puts at $91.90.

- Suggested Positions -

Long MAY $90 PUT (JACK150515P90) entry $3.00

04/17/15 triggered on gap down at $91.88, trigger was $91.90
Option Format: symbol-year-month-day-call-strike


Orbital ATK, Inc. - OA - close: 74.38 change: +0.19

Stop Loss: 76.55
Target(s): To Be Determined
Current Option Gain/Loss: -20.3%
Average Daily Volume = n/a
Entry on April 16 at $74.25
Listed on April 15, 2015
Time Frame: 3 to 4 weeks, exit PRIOR to earnings in mid May
New Positions: see below

Comments:
04/21/15: Tuesday delivered a relatively quiet session for OA. Shares bounced along the $74.00 level. The intraday high failed to hit resistance near $75.00. A drop below today's low of $73.86 could be used as a new entry point.

Trade Description: April 15, 2015:
On a long-term basis many of the defense and aerospace companies have been juggernauts with huge gains over the last couple of years. That's in spite of lower U.S. military budgets. Yet on a short-term basis the group is underperforming.

OA is part of the industrial goods sector. The company is a merger between Orbital Sciences and ATK. ATK spun off its small firearms business into a new company called Vista Outdoor. According to OA, "Orbital ATK is a global leader in aerospace and defense technologies. The company designs, builds and delivers space, defense and aviation systems for customers around the world, both as a prime contractor and merchant supplier. Its main products include launch vehicles and related propulsion systems; missile products, subsystems and defense electronics; precision weapons, armament systems and ammunition; satellites and associated space components and services; and advanced aerospace structures. Headquartered in Dulles, Virginia, Orbital ATK employs more than 12,000 people in 20 states across the United States and in several international locations."

I am longer-term bullish on the defense and aerospace stocks. Yet shorter-term they are clearly underperforming the major indices. The S&P 500 and the Dow Industrials are both nearing their all-time highs. The NASDAQ is trading near its 15-year highs and the small cap Russell 2000 just hit a new record high today. Yet the major defense-related names have been trending lower the last couple of weeks.

Technically OA has been developing a trend of lower highs. Today the stock just broke down under key, round-number support at $75.00. If this pullback continues we could see OA drop toward the $69-70 zone.

Tonight we're suggesting a trigger to buy puts at $74.25. We'll try and limit our risk with an initial stop loss at $76.55. Earnings are coming up in mid May. There is no official date set. We will plan on exiting prior to their earnings announcement.

- Suggested Positions -

Long MAY $75 PUT (OA150515P75) entry $3.20

04/16/15 triggered @ 74.25
Option Format: symbol-year-month-day-call-strike



CLOSED BULLISH PLAYS

Palo Alto Networks, Inc. - PANW - close: 154.37 change: +7.86

Stop Loss: 137.45
Target(s): To Be Determined
Current Option Gain/Loss: Unopened
Average Daily Volume = 1.3 million
Entry on April -- at $---.--
Listed on April 11, 2015
Time Frame: Exit PRIOR to earnings in late May
New Positions: see below

Comments:
04/21/15: PANW did not want to cooperate with us. We tried waiting for a breakout past $150 and shares faded lower. We tried buying a dip near support around $140-141 and the stock bounced instead.

Cybersecurity stocks were showing relative strength today. PANW also received an analyst upgrade. This combination launched PANW higher with a big +5.3% gain.

We do not want to chase it here. Since our play is not open we are removing PANW as a candidate. Personally, I would keep PANW on your radar screen. Broken resistance near $150.00 should be new support. Traders could watch for a dip to $150.00 and then buy a bounce.

Trade did not open.

04/21/15 removed from the newsletter, suggested entry was $141.45
04/18/15 Strategy Update: Change the entry trigger from $150.55 to buy a dip at $141.45. change the stop loss to $137.45. change the option strike from June $155 call to the June $150 call
Option Format: symbol-year-month-day-call-strike

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