Editor's Note:

A bored market was focused on Fed Chairman Yellen's speech on Friday. She didn't say anything new. That left stocks to meander sideways as traders started packing up ahead of the long, holiday weekend.

Our plan was to exit the OCR trade on Friday. CSL and MLM have been removed. Neither trade was opened.


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CALL Play Updates

Adobe Systems - ADBE - close: 80.04 change: -0.52

Stop Loss: 77.85
Target(s): To Be Determined
Current Option Gain/Loss: Unopened
Average Daily Volume = 2.2 million
Entry on May -- at $---.--
Listed on May 21, 2015
Time Frame: 3 to 4 weeks, exit PRIOR to earnings in mid June
New Positions: Yes, see below

Comments:
05/23/15: ADBE did not see any follow through on Thursday's bullish breakout higher. Shares slowly faded back toward $80.00, which as previous round-number resistance should now become support.

I don't see any changes from Thursday's new play description. Our suggested entry point to buy calls is $80.85.

Trade Description: May 21, 2015:
ADBE appears to have successfully completed its transition from a traditional pay up front software sales model to a subscription based pay-as-you-go model for its industry leading creative software.

ADBE is in the technology sector. They are part of the software industry. According to the company, "Adobe is changing the world through digital experiences. Content built and optimized with Adobe products is everywhere you look — from websites, video games, and smartphones to televisions, tablets, and beyond. Adobe® Creative Cloud® software offers the most innovative tools for creating digital media, while Adobe Marketing Cloud delivers groundbreaking solutions for data-driven marketing. Our leadership in these two emerging categories, Digital Media and Digital Marketing, provides our customers with a real competitive advantage, positioning Adobe for continued growth well into the future. As one of the largest software companies in the world, Adobe achieved revenue of more than US$4 billion in 2013."

The company's most recent earnings report was March 17th. ADBE said its Q1 earnings soared +46% to $0.44 a share . It was ADBE's best quarterly earnings growth in four years. Analysts were expecting a profit of $0.39. Revenues rose +10.9% to $1.11 billion, which was above ADBE's estimate of $1.05-1.10 billion. Wall Street was forecasting $1.08 billion.

ADBE said a record 70 percent of their Q1 revenues came from recurring sources, compared to 52 percent in Q1 fiscal 2014. They added 517 thousand customers to their creative cloud subscriptions. That is up +28% from a year ago. Unfortunately this missed expectations. Analysts were hoping for +573K.

ADBE's guidance was a little bit soft. The combination of the new subscription miss and the lackluster guidance sparked some profit taking. Fortunately for shareholders the sell-off didn't last long. Investors have been buying the dips and ADBE's long-term up trend remains in place.

It would appear that any post-earnings bearishness has vanished. JP Morgan recently started coverage on ADBE with an "overweight" and a $91 target. ADBE's point & figure chart is bullish and forecasting at $92. Technically shares of ADBE have rallied to resistance near $80.00 and its 2015 highs. After consolidating below $80 the last few days the stock finally broke out today. The intraday high today was $80.74. We're suggesting a trigger to buy calls at $80.85.

Trigger @ $80.85

- Suggested Positions -

Buy the JUL $85 CALL (ADBE150717C85) current ask $1.35

Entry disclaimer: To avoid an unfavorable entry point, we will not launch a new play if the stock gaps open more than $1.00 past our suggested entry point.

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

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Anthem, Inc. - ANTM - close: 164.19 change: -0.43

Stop Loss: 154.85
Target(s): To Be Determined
Current Option Gain/Loss: +12.5%
Average Daily Volume = 1.8 million
Entry on May 18 at $162.00
Listed on May 16, 2015
Time Frame: 8 to 12 weeks
New Positions: see below

Comments:
05/23/15: ANTM churned sideways inside a $2.00 range on Friday. The late morning rally attempt past $165.00 didn't make it very far. If shares dip the 10-dma could be support near $162.00. Otherwise I'd look for a dip toward $160.00. More conservative traders may want to raise their stop closer to the $160 area.

Trade Description: May 16, 2015:
One in nine Americans is covered through one of Anthem's affiliated medical plans. The company is only getting bigger. Previously known as Wellpoint (WLP) they officially changed their name to Anthem (ANTM) in December 2014.

Initially both Wall Street and the healthcare industry were worried about Obamacare. Yet the Affordable Care Act has been a strong tailwind for many of the large healthcare insurers adding millions of new customers. Now that the major players have ironed out a lot of the wrinkles any negative impact from the ACA seems to be fading.

If you're not familiar with ANTM they are in the healthcare sector. According to the company, "Anthem is working to transform health care with trusted and caring solutions. Our health plan companies deliver quality products and services that give their members access to the care they need. With nearly 71 million people served by its affiliated companies, including more than 38 million enrolled in its family of health plans, Anthem is one of the nation’s leading health benefits companies."

Looking ANTM's earnings over the past year the company's results have been a little hit or miss. Yet one thing they have consistently done is raise guidance. Since the stock market is always looking forward this bullish outlook from ANTM has helped drive the stock to new all-time highs.

Their most recent earnings report was April 29th. ANTM reported their 2015 Q1 results. Wall Street was looking for $2.69 per share on revenues of $19.28 billion. The company delivered $3.14 per share, which is a +29.8% improvement from a year ago. Revenues were up +6.8% to $18.85 billion (a miss). Management raised their guidance above analysts' estimates for the fourth quarter in a row.

The company has an active stock buyback program. In the first quarter they spent $774 million buying back 5.7 million shares. As of March 31st, 2015 they still had about $4.9 billion left on their board-approved share repurchase program.

Technically the stock has been churning sideways in the $150-160 zone for the last several weeks. ANTM threatened to breakdown under support near its 50-dma and the $150 level in late April but managed to reverse course and now it's breaking out past resistance in the $160 area. Tonight we are suggesting a trigger to buy calls at $161.65.

- Suggested Positions -

Long SEP $170 CALL (ANTM150918C170) entry $4.40

05/18/15 triggered on gap open at $162.00, trigger was $161.65
Option Format: symbol-year-month-day-call-strike

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Caterpillar Inc. - CAT - close: 88.63 change: -0.70

Stop Loss: 86.45
Target(s): To Be Determined
Current Option Gain/Loss: -21.0%
Average Daily Volume = 6.2 million
Entry on May 05 at $88.10
Listed on May 02, 2015
Time Frame: 8 to 12 weeks
New Positions: see below

Comments:
05/23/15: On Friday morning Deere & Co (DE) reported earnings well above estimates and management upgraded their guidance slightly above estimates. This sent shares of DE soaring with a +4.3% gain and a new 2015 high. Sadly this bullish earnings news did not rub off on shares of CAT. CAT actually traded lower and underperformed the market's major indices with a -0.78% decline.

No new positions at this time.

Trade Description: May 2, 2015:
Have shares of CAT found a bottom? It's starting to look that way. CAT is still down -21% from its 2014 highs but it's up +12% from its Q1 lows with a steady trend of higher lows as traders buy the dips.

CAT is in the industrial goods sector. According to the company, "For 90 years, Caterpillar Inc. has been making sustainable progress possible and driving positive change on every continent. Customers turn to Caterpillar to help them develop infrastructure, energy and natural resource assets. With 2014 sales and revenues of $55.184 billion, Caterpillar is the world's leading manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines, industrial gas turbines and diesel-electric locomotives. The company principally operates through its three product segments - Construction Industries, Resource Industries and Energy & Transportation - and also provides financing and related services through its Financial Products segment."

Earnings results and guidance has been a moving target for CAT. The combination of a slowing global economy, volatile currency fluctuations, and weakness in commodities have generated big swings in their business. In July 2014 CAT lowered guidance. Three months later they raised guidance. The next quarter they lowered guidance. Today the company has raised guidance again.

CAT's most recent earnings report was April 23rd. They announced a Q1 profit of $1.72 a share. That was +16% higher than a year ago and almost +40% above Wall Street estimates. Revenues fell -4% from a year ago but sales of $12.7 billion were still above analysts' expectations.

CAT's Q1 results were all about North America, which saw gains almost across the board. Overall construction sales for CAT in North America were up +9% from a year ago. Unfortunately, this was overshadowed by declines everywhere else. Asia, Europe, Latin America - just about every other region CAT does business saw double-digit sales declines. Yet it appears that investors seem to be willing to look past this weakness.

CAT's CEO commented on their 2015 outlook, "We had a solid first quarter, which led to raising the profit outlook for 2015. However, we continue to face headwinds and uncertainty in 2015, and our outlook for the year reflects that. We expect sales and profit in each of the remaining three quarters of 2015 to be lower than the first quarter. We expect sales for oil applications to decline starting in the second quarter, and from a profit perspective, the first quarter included the gain on the sale of our remaining interest in the logistics business and that won't repeat. The first quarter is usually the most seasonally favorable of the year for costs, and we don't expect the rest of the year to be as favorable."

Most of the major oil and gas companies have reduced their capex spending plans for 2015 and this should be negative for CAT. The stock's reaction is suggesting all the bad news is already priced in.

CAT's management raised their 2015 guidance and adjusted their estimate from $4.65 to $4.75, excluding their restructuring costs they raised their estimate from $4.75 to $5.00. Wall Street's estimate was $4.75 per share. CAT reaffirmed their sales estimate for $50 billion this year.

A couple of analysts with Stifel are bullish on CAT. They believe the combination of the company's big stock buy back program (about $10 billion), a strong dividend (more than 3%), and a healthy North American construction market will buoy CAT's stock while investors wait for a turnaround in commodities.

Technically the stock has been showing relative strength the last few weeks. The point & figure chart has turned bullish and is currently forecasting a long-term target of $108.00. Today CAT is hovering below potential resistance near $88.00. We are suggesting a trigger to buy calls at $88.10.

- Suggested Positions -

Long JUL $90 CALL (CAT150717C90) entry $2.00

05/19/15 new stop @ 86.45
05/12/15 new stop @ 85.75
05/05/15 triggered @ 88.10
Option Format: symbol-year-month-day-call-strike

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Electronic Arts - EA - close: 62.56 change: -0.13

Stop Loss: 59.85
Target(s): To Be Determined
Current Option Gain/Loss: Unopened
Average Daily Volume = 3.5 million
Entry on May -- at $---.--
Listed on May 18, 2015
Time Frame: 8 to 12 weeks
New Positions: Yes, see below

Comments:
05/23/15: EA tried to rally on Friday morning but shares stalled near $63.13 for about 30 minutes before fading lower. We are waiting for a new relative high. Our suggested entry point to buy calls is $63.65.

Trade Description: May 18, 2015:
Video game stocks are hitting high scores this year. The two biggest players in this industry are ATVI and EA. Shares of ATVI are at all-time highs while EA is nearing a new 10-year high.

EA is considered part of the technology sector. According to the company, "Electronic Arts ( EA ) is a global leader in digital interactive entertainment. The Company delivers games, content and online services for Internet-connected consoles, personal computers, mobile phones and tablets. EA has more than 300 million registered players around the world. In fiscal year 2015, EA posted GAAP net revenue of $4.5 billion. Headquartered in Redwood City, California, EA is recognized for a portfolio of critically acclaimed, high-quality blockbuster brands such as The Sims, Madden NFL, EA SPORTS FIFA, Battlefield, Dragon Age and Plants vs. Zombies."

Shares of EA popped above major resistance near the $60.00 level earlier this month after reporting better than expected Q4 2015 results. Wall Street was looking for EA to deliver a profit of $0.26 a share on revenues of $852.9 million. EA announced a profit of $0.39 a share. Revenues were down -2.0% from a year ago but came in at $896 million, well above estimates.

Their full year results were impressive. EA's net revenues were up almost $1 billion to $4.5 billion. The company's net income soared from $8 million in 2014 to $875 million in 2015. Shares of EA have benefitted from the company's turnaround. The stock is up more than +100% in the last 12 months.

EA's guidance was mixed. They issued bearish guidance for their Q1 2016 (current quarter) and see EPS about flat ($0.00) when Wall Street was expecting $0.19 per share. EA is forecasting Q1 revenues significantly below expectations. However, they raised their fiscal year 2016 profit estimate to $2.75 per share when analysts were only expecting $2.63.

Last quarter EA spent $95 million buying back 1.8 million shares of their stock. When they reported earnings on May 5th they also announced a new $1 billion stock buyback program that expires on May 31, 2017.

EA management sounds pretty optimistic. Here's an excerpt from their earnings press release:

With a clear focus on putting our players first, FY15 was an exceptional year for Electronic Arts. We introduced award-winning games, delivered enduring entertainment in our live services, and forged deeper relationships with a growing global audience across consoles, mobile devices and PC, said Chief Executive Officer Andrew Wilson. EA continues to sharpen our focus and speed, and in the year ahead we will engage more players on more platforms with new experiences like Star Wars Battlefront, FIFA 16, Minions Paradise and more.

Two years ago, we discussed a three-year plan to double non-GAAP operating margins to 20%, said Chief Financial Officer Blake Jorgensen. Today, Im happy to announce that we exceeded our goal a full year ahead of schedule. Looking forward, we anticipate continued earnings growth driven by our strong portfolio, investment in new IP, the market shift to digital, and on-going cost discipline.

Wall Street's analyst community seems bullish on EA as well. Several firms reiterated their bullish ratings and raised price targets.

Shares of EA have been building on a bullish trend of higher lows. The current rally has produced a buy signal on the point & figure chart that is forecasting a long-term target of $110.00. On a short-term basis EA seems to be coiling for a breakout past resistance near $63.50. Tonight we're suggesting a trigger to buy calls at $63.65.

Trigger @ $63.65

- Suggested Positions -

Buy the SEP $70 CALL (EA150918C70)

Entry disclaimer: To avoid an unfavorable entry point, we will not launch a new play if the stock gaps open more than $1.00 past our suggested entry point.

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

chart:


Euronet Worldwide - EEFT - close: 60.17 change: -1.04

Stop Loss: 59.75
Target(s): To Be Determined
Current Option Gain/Loss: -40.0%
Average Daily Volume = 335 thousand
Entry on May 21 at $62.25
Listed on May 20, 2015
Time Frame: 8 to 12 weeks
New Positions: see below

Comments:
05/23/15: Our EEFT trade is not off to a very good start. We were triggered on Thursday's spike above resistance near $62.00. That rally reversed and now EEFT is testing what should be round-number support at $60.00. If EEFT doesn't bounce here we'll see the stock hit our stop loss at $59.75.

No new positions at this time.

Trade Description: May 20, 2015:
The main driver behind share price appreciation is supposed to be earnings growth. That isn't always the case in the stock market but for EEFT they are delivering on the earnings front. EEFT is in the services sector.

According to the company, "Euronet Worldwide is an industry leader in processing secure electronic financial transactions. The Company offers payment and transaction processing solutions to financial institutions, retailers, service providers and individual consumers. These services include comprehensive ATM, POS and card outsourcing services, card issuing and merchant acquiring services, software solutions, cash-based and online-initiated consumer-to-consumer and business-to-business money transfer services, and electronic distribution of prepaid mobile phone time and other prepaid products.

Euronet's global payment network is extensive - including 20,364 ATMs, approximately 69,000 EFT POS terminals and a growing portfolio of outsourced debit and credit card services which are under management in 47 countries; card software solutions; a prepaid processing network of approximately 681,000 POS terminals at approximately 306,000 retailer locations in 33 countries; and a consumer-to-consumer money transfer network of approximately 243,000 locations serving 134 countries. With corporate headquarters in Leawood, Kansas, USA, and 54 worldwide offices, Euronet serves clients in approximately 160 countries."

EEFT's earnings history has been strong. They have beaten Wall Street's earnings estimates on both the top and bottom line three out of the last four quarters. It would have been four quarters in a row but their most recent report missed analysts' revenue estimate.

EEFT delivered its 2015 Q1 results on April 28th. Analysts were expecting a profit of $0.54 a share on revenues of $403.75 million. EEFT results saw earnings per share rise +22% from a year ago to $0.56. Revenues were up +12% to $395.2 million. It's worth noting that 70% of EEFT's revenues are outside the U.S. The rise of the dollar last quarter was significant. On a constant currency basis EEFT's revenues were up +25%.

Here's an excerpt from EEFT's earnings press release:

"For the first quarter, we delivered 55% constant currency operating income growth and 22% adjusted cash EPS growth - the ninth consecutive quarter we have achieved double-digit, year-over-year adjusted cash earnings per share growth," stated Michael J. Brown, Euronet's Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President. "Each segment delivered strong constant currency operating results. Money transfer had another outstanding quarter benefiting from continued organic growth, the launch of the Walmart-2-Walmart product and the acquisition of HiFX. epay contributed double-digit operating income growth for the second consecutive quarter driven by continued expansion of non-mobile content. And, EFT further expanded its ATM and POS networks across Europe and India."
The stock has been building on a bullish trend of higher lows. Today shares are poised to breakout past resistance at $62.00. The point & figure chart is bullish and forecasting at $75.00 target. Tonight we are suggesting a trigger to open bullish positions at $62.25.

- Suggested Positions -

Long AUG $65 CALL (EEFT150821C65) entry $2.50

05/21/15 triggered @ 62.25
Option Format: symbol-year-month-day-call-strike

chart:


Eaton Corp. - ETN - close: 73.09 change: -0.31

Stop Loss: 69.75
Target(s): To Be Determined
Current Option Gain/Loss: +0.0%
Average Daily Volume = 2.6 million
Entry on May 13 at $72.75
Listed on May 09, 2015
Time Frame: 8 to 12 weeks
New Positions: see below

Comments:
05/23/15: ETN did not see any follow through on Thursday's bounce. Shares spent most of Friday's session churning sideways inside a 25-cent range. Last week's performance snapped a three-week winning streak for ETN. You could argue that the last few days looks like a bull-flag consolidation pattern. More conservative traders may want to bump their stop closer to $72.

Trade Description: May 9, 2015:
ETN is in the industrial goods sector. The company makes products for a wide variety of industries including: aerospace, electrical equipment, filtration systems, hydraulics, plastic extrusion, industrial clutches and brakes, and vehicles.

According to the company, "Eaton is a power management company with 2014 sales of $22.6 billion. Eaton provides energy-efficient solutions that help our customers effectively manage electrical, hydraulic and mechanical power more efficiently, safely and sustainably. Eaton has approximately 102,000 employees and sells products to customers in more than 175 countries."

When the market ignores negative earnings news it could be a signal that all the bad news is priced in to a stock and the path of least resistance is higher. That appears to be the case for ETN.

In July 2014 the stock was crushed after the company reported earnings that were only in-line with estimates and the management lowered their 2014 Q3 guidance. Three months later ETN reported its Q3 results that missed expectations on both the top and bottom line. What did the stock do? It rallied.

Fast forward another few months and in early February ETN reported better than expected earnings but revenues were just a hair below estimates. Management lowered their 2015 Q1 estimates due to currency headwinds. They were expecting a -4% impact do to the strong dollar in 2015. What did the stock do on this negative forecast? It rallied.

Several days ago ETN reported its Q1 results on April 29th. Earnings were 3 cents better than expected even as revenues fell -5% to $5.22 billion. This was a result of +1% organic growth offset by -6% decline due to currency translation.

The company's management readjusted their forecast and now expect a -5% impact due to currency headwinds for 2015. With this adjustment they lowered their Q2 and 2015 guidance. Since this earnings report the stock has rallied. Last week shares were upgraded by J.P.Morgan from neutral to overweight who adjusted their ETN price target from $70 to $84. The point & figure chart is even more optimistic and forecasting an $89 target.

If investors are going to be this forgiving then we think there might be an opportunity here. The recent rally in ETN has pushed shares toward resistance near its February highs around $72.50(ish). We are suggesting a trigger to buy calls at $72.75.

- Suggested Positions -

Long JUL $75 CALL (ETN150717C75) entry $1.10

05/13/15 triggered @ 72.75
Option Format: symbol-year-month-day-call-strike

chart:


FactSet Research - FDS - close: 166.59 change: -1.11

Stop Loss: 163.85
Target(s): To Be Determined
Current Option Gain/Loss: +28.9%
Average Daily Volume = 302 thousand
Entry on May 13 at $162.25
Listed on May 11, 2015
Time Frame: Exit PRIOR to FDS earnings in late June or plan on exiting prior to JUNE option expiration on June 19th
New Positions: see below

Comments:
05/23/15: FDS experienced some profit taking on Friday. Shares tried to rally but failed at $168.00. By the closing bell FDS was down -0.66%. The stock did manage a gain for the week marking its third weekly advance in a row.

I am not suggesting new positions at this time. If FDS continues to dip the closet level that could be support is $165.00.

Trade Description: May 11, 2015:
FDS has provided data, analytics and research to the Wall Street crowd for more than 35 years. Today their software provides a host of services for investment managers, hedge funds, bankers, wealth managers, private equity, buy-side traders, sell-side traders, and more.

FDS is considered part of the technology sector. According to the company, "FactSet, a leading provider of financial information and analytics, helps the world's best investment professionals outperform. More than 50,000 users stay ahead of global market trends, access extensive company and industry intelligence, and monitor performance with FactSet's desktop analytics, mobile applications, and comprehensive data feeds."

The company has been delivering pretty consistent sales growth around +9% every quarter. They raised guidance back in December with their Q1 report. FDS' most recent earnings report was March 17th. The company announced their Q2 results of $1.39 per share, which was up +13.9% from a year ago. Unfortunately that missed analysts' estimates by two cents. Revenues grew +9.2% and kept the trend alive of FDS delivering revenues just above expectations.

The company has an active stock buyback program. Management boosted their repurchase program back in December by $300 million. At the time that meant their buyback program was almost $339 million. Keep in mind that FDS only has 41.7 million shares outstanding.

Following FDS' March 17th Q2 report the company raised their guidance for Q3. They now estimate earnings will grow +12.8% into the $1.40-1.42 per share range. This is above Wall Street estimates. Shares of FDS rallied on this report but they've spent the last several weeks consolidating sideways on either side of $160.00. The good news is that FDS is building a bullish trend of higher lows. Today the stock is poised to breakout past resistance and hit new record highs. We are suggesting a trigger to buy calls at $162.25.

- Suggested Positions -

Long JUN $165 CALL (FDS150619C165) entry $3.80

05/19/15 new stop @ 163.85
05/13/15 triggered @ 162.25
Option Format: symbol-year-month-day-call-strike

chart:


F5 Networks - FFIV - close: 126.77 change: -0.13

Stop Loss: 121.40
Target(s): To Be Determined
Current Option Gain/Loss: -13.2%
Average Daily Volume = 1.2 million
Entry on May 08 at $125.15
Listed on May 07, 2015
Time Frame: 8 to 12 weeks
New Positions: see below

Comments:
05/23/15: It was a frustrating week for FFIV. The stock went nowhere. Shares spent the whole week consolidating sideways in a narrowing range. It's worth noting that FFIV had been up six week in a row and was probably due for a dip. I wouldn't be surprised to see a dip toward the $125.00 level.

No new positions at this time.

Trade Description: May 7, 2015:
It has become a hostile world for corporations and their biggest weakness is online security. It feels like every day we hear about another company getting hacked. In recent years there have been a number of high-profile hacking attacks like Target (TGT), Home Depot (HD), and Sony (SNE). Fortunately for FFIV all of this plays to their strength as more corporations seek to beef up their cyber security.

According to company marketing, "F5 provides solutions for an application world. F5 helps organizations seamlessly scale cloud, data center, and software defined networking (SDN) deployments to successfully deliver applications to anyone, anywhere, at any time. F5 solutions broaden the reach of IT through an open, extensible framework and a rich partner ecosystem of leading technology and data center orchestration vendors. This approach lets customers pursue the infrastructure model that best fits their needs over time. The world's largest businesses, service providers, government entities, and consumer brands rely on F5 to stay ahead of cloud, security, and mobility trends."

After strong earnings and sales growth in 2014 the company hiccupped in Q1 2015 (which was the last quarter of 2014). FFIV beat estimates on the bottom line but management guided lower for Q2. You can see how the market reacted to this news with the big gap down in mid January.

Their most recent earnings report was April 22nd. FFIV reported their 2015 Q2 results of $1.59 per share. That was nine cents better than expected. Revenues were up +12.4% to $472.1 million, just above estimates. Wall Street's biggest concerns following these results are the impact of currency headwinds (thanks to the strong dollar) and FFIV's falling revenue growth. They're still growing but momentum seems to be slowing a bit.

The stock rallied on its earnings news and burst through major resistance near $120 and several key moving averages. The last couple of weeks have looked like a consolidation period where FFIV digested its post-earnings pop. Now FFIV is poised for the next leg higher. The point & figure chart is very bullish and forecasting a long-term target of $193.00. Tonight we're suggesting a trigger to buy calls at $125.15.

- Suggested Positions -

Long JUL $130 CALL (FFIV150717C130) entry $3.25

05/08/15 triggered @ 125.15
Option Format: symbol-year-month-day-call-strike

chart:


Northern Trust Corp. - NTRS - close: 75.56 change: -0.47

Stop Loss: 73.45
Target(s): To Be Determined
Current Option Gain/Loss: -9.3%
Average Daily Volume = 1.1 million
Entry on May 05 at $75.05
Listed on May 04, 2015
Time Frame: 8 to 12 weeks
New Positions: see below

Comments:
05/23/15: NTRS almost erased its gains for the week with Friday's -0.6% decline. If this pullback continues I'd watch the 20-dma, near $74.70, as potential support.

I'm not suggesting new positions at this time. I would be tempted to inch the stop loss closer to the $74.00 level.

Trade Description: May 4, 2015:
NTRS has been around for 125 years. The company looks pretty good for its age. Shares are outperforming the broader market and its peers. Currently NTRS is up +10% in 2015 versus a -0.6% decline in the financial sector.

According to the company, "Northern Trust Corporation (Nasdaq: NTRS) is a leading provider of wealth management, asset servicing, asset management and banking to corporations, institutions, affluent families and individuals. Founded in Chicago in 1889, Northern Trust has offices in the United States in 19 states and Washington, D.C., and 20 international locations in Canada, Europe, the Middle East and the Asia-Pacific region. As of March 31, 2015, Northern Trust had assets under custody of US$6.1 trillion, and assets under management of US$960.1 billion. For 125 years, Northern Trust has earned distinction as an industry leader for exceptional service, financial expertise, integrity and innovation."

The last couple of earnings reports have been healthy. Their Q4 report in January came in better than expected on both the top and bottom line. NTRS' most recent report was its 2015 Q1 results on April 21st. Wall Street was looking for a profit of $0.87 a share on revenues of $1.12 billion. NTRS said their earnings rose +25% from a year ago to $0.94 and revenues were up +9.0% to $1.13 billion.

NTRS' Chairman and CEO Frederick Waddell commented on his company's performance, "We are pleased with our financial performance in the first quarter of 2015, which reflects continued growth in our business serving personal and institutional clients. Trust, investment and other servicing fees, which represent two-thirds of our revenue, increased 7% compared to last year. New business and higher equity markets contributed to growth in assets under custody and under management of 6% and 5%, respectively. Total revenue grew 9% and we maintained a disciplined focus on expenses, which increased 3%, producing meaningful operating leverage. As a result, our pre-tax profit margin improved to 31.2% in the first quarter and our return on equity was within our target range of 10-15%. We also look forward to returning capital to our stockholders in the year ahead as the Federal Reserve did not object to the proposed capital actions in our 2015 Capital Plan. Our Capital Plan and proposed capital distributions demonstrate the strength of Northern Trust's focused business model, financial position and commitment to stockholders."

Shares of NTRS popped to new multi-year highs on its Q1 report. Instead of giving back its gains the stock has been able to consolidate at these highs. Shares displayed relative strength again with today's +1.1% gain. Today's move is also a bullish breakout past resistance near $74.00. The point & figure chart is bullish and forecasting a long-term target of $86.00. Tonight we're suggesting a trigger to buy calls at $75.05.

- Suggested Positions -

Long JUL $75 CALL (NTRS150717C75) entry $2.15

05/12/15 new stop @ 73.45
05/05/15 triggered @ 75.05
Option Format: symbol-year-month-day-call-strike

chart:


Roper Technologies - ROP - close: 177.15 change: -0.05

Stop Loss: 173.25
Target(s): To Be Determined
Current Option Gain/Loss: Unopened
Average Daily Volume = 441 thousand
Entry on May -- at $---.--
Listed on May 20, 2015
Time Frame: 8 to 12 weeks
New Positions: Yes, see below

Comments:
05/23/15: Friday was a relatively quiet session for ROP. The stock ended the week near its highs but shares failed to hit our suggested entry point. The plan is buy calls when ROP trades at $177.75. Any follow through higher next week should trigger this play.

Trade Description: May 20, 2015:
2015 is shaping up to be a record-setting year for ROP with profits on track for a new high. Investors have pushed the stock to new highs as well. ROP is up +12.8% year to date versus a +3.3% gain in the S&P 500.

ROP is in the industrial goods sector. The company just recently changed their name from Roper Industries to Roper Technologies.

According to the company, "Roper Technologies is a diversified technology company and is a constituent of the S&P 500, Fortune 1000, and the Russell 1000 indices. Roper provides engineered products and solutions for global niche markets, including software information networks, medical, water, energy, and transportation."

Their most recent earnings report was April 27th. ROP reported its 2015 Q1 results. Earnings per share rose 5% from a year ago to $1.55. Analysts were expecting $1.52. Revenues were up +3.7% to $865 million. That actually missed estimates of $873 million but the market didn't seem to care. ROP said their adjusted gross margin hit a new high, rising 140 basis points to 60.0%.

Management did lower their Q2 guidance but they raised their full year 2015 guidance. Again, traders seemed to look past the short-term lowered guidance in favor of the long view. ROP is forecasting 2015 earnings in the $6.75-6.95 range, up from $6.40 per share in 2014.

Barclays reiterated their overweight rating on the stock and raised their price target to $193.00. The point & figure chart is even more optimistic and currently forecasting at $209.00 target.

Shares of ROP hit new highs last week and have managed to hover there in the $175.00 region. The stock looks poised to push higher and we want to buy calls if ROP can trade at $177.75.

Trigger @ $177.75

- Suggested Positions -

Buy the AUG $180 CALL (ROP150821C180)

Entry disclaimer: To avoid an unfavorable entry point, we will not launch a new play if the stock gaps open more than $1.00 past our suggested entry point.

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

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Snap-on Inc. - SNA - close: 157.39 change: -0.35

Stop Loss: 152.25
Target(s): To Be Determined
Current Option Gain/Loss: +49.0%
Average Daily Volume = 346 thousand
Entry on May 07 at $153.50
Listed on May 06, 2015
Time Frame: exit PRIOR to June option expiration
New Positions: see below

Comments:
05/23/15: SNA also ended the week near all-time highs. Shares look like they are building up steam for a breakout past short-term resistance near $158.00.

No new positions at this time.

Trade Description: May 6, 2015:
Steady earnings growth, a consistent dividend, and a positive outlook are three things investors like to see. SNA delivers on all three counts. The company is in the industrial goods sector.

According to the company, "Snap-on Incorporated is a leading global innovator, manufacturer and marketer of tools, equipment, diagnostics, repair information and systems solutions for professional users performing critical tasks. Products and services include hand and power tools, tool storage, diagnostics software, information and management systems, shop equipment and other solutions for vehicle dealerships and repair centers, as well as for customers in industries, including aviation and aerospace, agriculture, construction, government and military, mining, natural resources, power generation and technical education. Snap-on also derives income from various financing programs to facilitate the sales of its products. Products and services are sold through the company’s franchisee, company-direct, distributor and internet channels. Founded in 1920, Snap-on is a $3.3 billion, S&P 500 company headquartered in Kenosha, Wisconsin."

SNA has been consistently beating analysts expectations. Prior to their Q1 report the company was delivering results above estimates on both the top and bottom line. That changed with the April 23rd announcement of its Q1 results. Earnings rose +15.4% from a year ago to $1.87 per share. This was above Wall Street estimates and the eight consecutive quarter in a row that SNA has beaten analysts' expectations. Unfortunately, revenues only rose +5.1% to $827.8 million and that missed estimates of $834.4 million.

The market's didn't seem to care. Shares of SNA rallied anyway in spite of the earnings miss. Management said their Q1 2015 saw strong organic growth in sales of +9.9%. One analyst raised their price target on SNA to $180 per share. The point & figure chart is even more optimistic and forecasting at $191 target.

SNA has also announced another dividend. Here's a quick excerpt from the company press release, SNA has declared a "quarterly common stock dividend of $0.53 per share payable June 10, 2015 to shareholders of record on May 20, 2015. Snap-on has paid consecutive quarterly cash dividends, without interruption or reduction, since 1939."

Technically shares of SNA look bullish with a strong pattern of higher lows. It's currently poised to breakthrough short-term resistance near $153.25 soon. We are suggesting at rigger to buy calls at $153.50.

- Suggested Positions -

Long JUN $155 CALL (SNA150619C155) entry $2.55

05/14/15 new stop @ 152.25
05/07/15 triggered @ 153.50
Option Format: symbol-year-month-day-call-strike

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PUT Play Updates


Currently we do not have any active put trades.




CLOSED BULLISH PLAYS

Carlisle Companies - CSL - close: 98.06 change: -0.35

Stop Loss: 97.75
Target(s): To Be Determined
Current Option Gain/Loss: Unopened
Average Daily Volume = 417 thousand
Entry on May -- at $---.--
Listed on May 19, 2015
Time Frame: 8 to 12 weeks
New Positions: see below

Comments:
05/23/15: CSL just erased a good chunk of its mid-May gains with a three-day reversal lower. Our trade has not opened. The plan was to buy calls at $101.00 but CSL isn't cooperating. We are removing CSL as an active candidate.

Trade did not open.

05/23/15 removed from the newsletter, suggested entry was $101.00

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Martin Marietta Materials - MLM - close: 152.30 change: -2.28

Stop Loss: 149.75
Target(s): To Be Determined
Current Option Gain/Loss: Unopened
Average Daily Volume = 809 thousand
Entry on May -- at $---.--
Listed on May 14, 2015
Time Frame: 8 to 12 weeks
New Positions: see below

Comments:
05/23/15: MLM displayed relative weakness on Friday with a -1.47% decline. The stock's weekly loss snapped a three-week rally. We are removing MLM as a candidate. The trade never opened.

Trade did not open.

05/23/15 removed from the newsletter, suggested entry was $156.00

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Omincare Inc. - OCR - close: 96.12 change: -0.14

Stop Loss: 90.45
Target(s): To Be Determined
Current Option Gain/Loss: -29.8%
Average Daily Volume = 921 thousand
Entry on May 06 at $90.35
Listed on May 05, 2015
Time Frame: Exit prior to June option expiration
New Positions: see below

Comments:
05/23/15: OCR was a big story this week with CVS offering $12.7 billion to buy the company. Shares are at new highs. Unfortunately the acquisition news and $98.00 per share buyout offer killed any time value on our option. Our plan was to exit this trade on Friday morning.

- Suggested Positions -

Long JUN $95 CALL (OCR150619C95) entry $2.28 exit $1.60 (-29.8%)

05/22/15 planned exit
05/21/15 prepare to exit tomorrow morning, CVS offers $98/share for OCR
05/20/15 After hours, OCR spikes toward $100 on news it is in talks with CVS
05/19/15 new stop @ 90.45
05/06/15 triggered @ 90.35
Option Format: symbol-year-month-day-call-strike

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