Editor's Note:

European Central Bank President Mario Draghi has been promising to boost stimulus for months. The ECB's new stimulus plan this morning was less than investors expected. The U.S. market plunged in response.

It was a very widespread decline for U.S. stocks. Our bearish candidates BG and SRCL both hit our entry triggers. Unfortunately several bullish plays were stopped out (ABMD, ALKS, GPN, HII, LII, LRCX).


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CALL Play Updates

Clovis Oncology - CLVS - close: 33.27 change: -0.54

Stop Loss: 27.75
Target(s): To Be Determined
Current Option Gain/Loss: - 3.4%
Average Daily Volume = 1.4 million
Entry on December 01 at $32.55
Listed on November 28, 2015
Time Frame: Exit PRIOR to January option expiration
New Positions: see below

Comments:
12/03/15: Biotechs suffered a rough session. The IBB biotech ETF plunged -3.58%. Shares of CLVS held up better than its peers with a -1.59% decline. It looks like CLVS may have found some short-term support in the $32.65-32.80 region.

No new positions at this time.

Trade Description: November 28, 2015:
After a -70% plunge all the bad news might be priced in for this biotech stock.

CLVS is in the healthcare sector. According to the company, "Clovis Oncology is a biopharmaceutical company focused on acquiring, developing and commercializing cancer treatments in the United States, Europe and other international markets. Our product development programs target specific subsets of cancer, and we seek to simultaneously develop, with partners, companion diagnostics that direct our product candidates to the patients most likely to benefit from their use. We believe this approach to personalized medicine - to deliver the right drug to the right patient at the right time - represents the future of cancer therapy."

The company has three product candidates in their pipeline. They are rociletinib, rucaparib, and lucitanib. Right now the market is reacting to news on its rociletinib clinical trials, where the drug is being tested on non-small-cell lung cancer.

Several days ago the company issued an update on their Rociletinib NDA filing. CLVS held their regularly scheduled mid-cycle communication meeting with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The current data on the Rociletinib clinical trials was not good enough. The FDA is asking for more data to prove the treatment's efficacy. This will likely push back the time frame on any approval. Investors were expecting a potential approval in the March-April 2016 time frame.

The delay in Rociletinib approval is a serious setback. Rival biotech firm AstraZeneca just got FDA approval for a competing drug, Tagrisso. By the time Rociletinib is approved (if it's approved), it will face serious competition from an already established treatment.

CLVS is a perfect example of why biotech stocks can be high-risk trades. On November 13, 2015 the stock closed at $99.43. The next trading day, Nov. 16th, shares gapped down at $29.27 and closed near $30. The stock traded down to $24.50 on November 23rd and started to reverse higher. CLVS' stock is now up three days in a row.

The current rally could be a combination of short covering and investors bargain hunting. It has been a full two weeks since the sell-off. If investors were going to sell they probably did so already. We think this rebound has a lot further to go but make no mistake CLVS is still a higher-risk trade. Tonight we are suggesting a trigger to buy calls at $32.55.

- Suggested Positions -

Long JAN $35 CALL (CLVS160115C35) entry $2.90

12/01/15 triggered @ $32.55
Option Format: symbol-year-month-day-call-strike


Salesforce.com, Inc. - CRM - close: 79.93 change: -0.95

Stop Loss: $76.65
Target(s): To Be Determined
Current Option Gain/Loss: -17.7%
Average Daily Volume = 3.8 million
Entry on December 02 at $81.35
Listed on December 01, 2015
Time Frame: Exit PRIOR to February option expiration
New Positions: see below

Comments:
12/03/15: The late morning rally in CRM peaked around lunchtime near yesterday's high in the $82.00 area. From there CRM fell toward $79.50 and spent the remainder of the day churning sideways.

I would hesitate to launch new positions tomorrow. Let's see how the market reacts to the jobs report on Friday morning first.

Trade Description: December 1, 2015:
Cloud computing stocks continue to capture investor imaginations and their investment dollars. Founded in 1999 and headquartered in San Francisco, Salesforce.com has become a huge player in the cloud computing industry. The stock has shown significant strength with shares up +36% year to date.

CRM is part of the technology sector. According to the company, "Salesforce is the world's #1 CRM company. Our industry-leading Customer Success Platform has become the world's leading enterprise cloud ecosystem. Industries and companies of all sizes can connect to their customers in a whole new way using the latest innovations in cloud, social, mobile and data science technologies with the Customer Success Platform."

CRM's revenues have been consistently growing in the mid +20% range the last few quarters. Their Q4 revenues were up +26%. Q1 revenues were +23%. Q2 revenues, announced in August, were a bit better at +23.5% and management raised their Q3 and 2016 guidance.

Their most recent earnings report was announced on November 18th. Q3 earnings beat estimates at $0.21 a share. Revenues grew +23.7% to $1.71 billion, just ahead of estimates. Management continued to provide an optimistic outlook and raised both their 2016 and 2017 guidance above analysts' estimates.

Shares gapped open higher the next day following its Q3 results and improved guidance. Since then the stock has slowly consolidated lower with very little selling pressure. The point & figure chart is bullish and has seen its price target rise from $85 to $98. Meanwhile Wall Street is bullish too. Multiple firms have upgraded their price targets on CRM with recent price targets at $87, $93, and $96.

We like today's bounce and how CRM has broken the very short-term trend of lower highs. Tonight we are suggesting a trigger to buy calls at $81.35. Our time frame is several weeks. CRM reports earnings in February. We are listing the February calls.

- Suggested Positions -

Long FEB $85 CALL (CRM160219C85) entry $2.83

12/02/15 triggered @ $81.35
Option Format: symbol-year-month-day-call-strike


Illinois Tool Works Inc. - ITW - close: 92.36 change: -1.02

Stop Loss: 89.85
Target(s): To Be Determined
Current Option Gain/Loss: -51.4%
Average Daily Volume = 1.7 million
Entry on December 01 at $94.30
Listed on November 30, 2015
Time Frame: Exit PRIOR to January option expiration
New Positions: see below

Comments:
12/03/15: ITW's performance over the last three days is not very encouraging. The bullish breakout above resistance on Monday is starting to look like a bull-trap pattern. ITW briefly traded below short-term support near $92.00 and its 200-dma today. More conservative traders may want to raise their stop loss. No new positions at this time.

Trade Description: November 30, 2015:
The stock market has delivered a pretty good bounce over the last few weeks. The S&P 500 index is up +10% from its late September low. Industrial stocks have fared even better. Shares of ITW are up +14% from their late September low and they look poised to breakout to new five-month highs.

ITW is in the industrial goods sector. According to the company, "ITW is a Fortune 200 global multi-industrial manufacturing leader with revenues totaling $14.5 billion in 2014. The Company's seven industry-leading segments leverage the unique ITW Business Model to drive solid growth with best-in-class margins and returns in markets where highly innovative, customer-focused solutions are required. ITW has nearly 50,000 dedicated colleagues in operations around the world who thrive in the company's unique decentralized and entrepreneurial culture."

ITW has had a rough time this year. The stock peaked at round-number, psychological resistance near $100 in the first quarter of 2015. Then a series of disappointing revenue numbers and overall weakness in the industrial sector weighed on ITW's stock price.

The company tends to beat Wall Street's earnings estimate but they have been missing the revenue estimates. Revenues have declined the last three quarters in a row. Yet the stock found a bottom in the August-September time frame anyway. Now ITW's stock in a bullish trend of higher lows and higher highs.

Their most recent earnings report was October 21st. Q3 earnings were up +9% from a year ago. However, if you back out negative currency headwinds their earnings growth was +18%. ITW said their operating margin was up 180 basis points to a record 22.7%.

The company is restructuring while also facing headwinds with a strong dollar. Yet investors seem to be looking past these struggles. The stock soared following its Q3 earnings report. The rally has carried ITW back above its 200-dma. Now it's poised to breakout past short-term resistance near $94.00. Tonight we are suggesting a trigger to buy calls at $94.25.

FYI: ITW could get a boost this week. The company is holding its annual investor day on December 4th. The three-hour presentation starts at 9:00 a.m. eastern time.

- Suggested Positions -

Long JAN $95 CALL (ITW160115C95) entry $1.75

12/01/15 triggered on gap open at $94.30, trigger was $94.25
Option Format: symbol-year-month-day-call-strike


Snap-on Inc. - SNA - close: 170.50 change: -1.49

Stop Loss: 167.40
Target(s): To Be Determined
Current Option Gain/Loss: -45.9%
Average Daily Volume = 407 thousand
Entry on November 30 at $172.46
Listed on November 28, 2015
Time Frame: Exit PRIOR to January option expiration
New Positions: see below

Comments:
12/03/15: The stock market's big drop today pulled SNA back toward prior resistance and what should be new support near $170.00 today. The intraday low was $169.97. I would use a bounce from current levels as a new bullish entry point.

Trade Description: November 28, 2015:
How many car brands can you think of? Every year automobile makers deliver new models designed to be new and improved. Every year cars get more and more complicated. That means more diagnostic and specialty tools to repair them. This trend is driving organic growth for SNA.

SNA 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."

The company has beaten Wall Street earnings estimates the last four quarters in a row. The revenue number has not been as strong. SNA does get a decent chunk of sales outside the U.S. so the strong dollar does have an impact.

SNA's most recent earnings report was October 22nd. They delivered their Q3 results with earnings of $1.98 a share. That was a +12.5% improvement from a year ago and above expectations. Revenues were only up +1.9% to $821.5 million. However, organic sales were up +7.3%. Their full-year 2015 revenues are expected to rise +3.5% but that is expected to jump to 7% in 2016.

Shares of SNA popped on the earnings report in spite of the revenue miss. Investors have been buying the dips since the October low. Now SNA has broken through resistance near $170.00 to close at all-time highs. The point & figure chart is bullish and forecasting at $207 target.

Traders bought the dip on Friday near $170.00. That's exactly what we want to see. Old resistance should be new support. The high on Friday was $171.91. Tonight we are suggesting a trigger to buy calls at $172.25.

- Suggested Positions -

Long JAN $180 CALL (SNA160115C180) entry $1.85

11/30/15 triggered on gap open at $172.46, suggested entry was $172.25
Option Format: symbol-year-month-day-call-strike




PUT Play Updates

Bunge Limited - BG - close: 64.40 change: -1.03

Stop Loss: 68.05
Target(s): To Be Determined
Current Option Gain/Loss: +2.2%
Average Daily Volume = 1.0 million
Entry on December 03 at $64.85
Listed on November 21, 2015
Time Frame: Exit PRIOR January option expiration
New Positions: see below

Comments:
12/03/15: The recent oversold bounce has finally been erased. Shares of BG broke down to new multi-year lows and below the $65.00 level. Our trigger to buy puts was hit at $64.85.

Trade Description: November 21, 2015:
BG's business is facing multiple headwinds and the stock has suffered for it. Shares are underperforming the market in a big way with BG down -17% from their late October high. The stock is down -29% from its 2015 highs.

BG is in the consumer goods sector. According to the company, "Bunge Limited (www.bunge.com) is a leading global agribusiness and food company operating in over 40 countries with approximately 35,000 employees. Bunge buys, sells, stores and transports oilseeds and grains to serve customers worldwide; processes oilseeds to make protein meal for animal feed and edible oil products for commercial customers and consumers; produces sugar and ethanol from sugarcane; mills wheat, corn and rice to make ingredients used by food companies; and sells fertilizer in South America. Founded in 1818, the company is headquartered in White Plains, New York."

One of BG's biggest challenges is the strong dollar. This makes American products, including crops and commodities, more expensive overseas. Thus demand from foreign markets has been soft. Currencies issues have also been trouble with BG's business in Brazil, which has a slow economy and a weak currency. Meanwhile in the U.S. farmers are facing a larger than expected harvest for some crops, which will further push prices down.

These troubles are crushing BG's revenues. The company reported better than expected Q1 earnings back in April but revenues were down -19.7% and significantly below Wall Street estimates. Their Q2 results were worse. Analysts expected a profit of $1.36 a share on revenues of $14.59 billion. BG reported Q2 results of $0.50 a share. Revenues were down -35.8% to $10.78 billion. BG's Q3 numbers were not much better. Earnings were $1.24 a share, which missed estimates by 35 cents. Revenues plunged -21% to $10.79 billion, compared to estimates of $12.5 billion.

Naturally analysts have began downgrading their earnings and revenue numbers for BG, which doesn't inspire any confidence in the stock. The point & figure chart has produced a new sell signal that is forecasting at $53.00 target.

Bulls could argue that BG's stock is short-term oversold and due for a bounce. However, the S&P 500 just delivered its best one-week gain of the year and BG did not participate. Friday's intraday low was $65.32. Tonight we are suggesting a trigger to buy puts at $64.85.

- Suggested Positions -

Long JAN $65 PUT (BG160115P65) entry $2.30

12/03/15 triggered @ $64.85
Option Format: symbol-year-month-day-call-strike


Stericycle, Inc. - SRCL - close: 113.64 change: -5.13

Stop Loss: 122.55
Target(s): To Be Determined
Current Option Gain/Loss: +77.3%
Average Daily Volume = 941 thousand
Entry on December 03 at $118.07
Listed on December 02, 2015
Time Frame: Exit PRIOR to January option expiration
New Positions: see below

Comments:
12/03/15: Our new bearish play on SRCL is off to a good start. Our suggested trigger to buy puts was $118.40 so the gap down this morning immediately triggered our play at $118.07. SRCL plunged to a -4.3% decline on the session.

If you missed the entry this morning I would not chase it here. More conservative traders may want to lower their stop loss now.

Trade Description: December 2, 2015:
Wall Street hates to be disappointed. If companies really disappoint their stocks get hammered. That's what happened to shares of SRCL.

SRCL is in the industrial goods sector. According to the company, "Stericycle, Inc., a U.S.-based business-to-business services company operating in 23 countries, is focused on solutions that protect people and brands, promote health and safeguard the environment." Unfortunately that doesn't really tell us much. The company started as a medical waste management service. Now they cover multiple areas including "complex and heavily regulated arenas, including compliance and sustainability waste services, brand protection solutions, and customer contact solutions."

In mid October, just prior to their Q3 earnings report, SRCL was trading near all-time highs in the $150 area. At the time SRCL was up about +14% for the year. On October 22nd SRCL reported their Q3 results. Wall Street was expecting adjusted earnings of $1.18 per share on revenues of $735.4 million.

Management reported unadjusted earnings fell from 96 cents a year ago to 47 cents a share. Their adjusted earnings came in flat (no growth) at $1.08 a share (a 10-cent miss). Revenue growth was +7.6% to $718.6 million, another miss. The company was hit with a perfect storm in the third quarter. Slower business volumes, higher expenses, and negative foreign currency headwinds all impacted their results.

The next trading day (Oct. 23rd) shares of SRCL plunged -25.8% intraday and settled with a -19% loss near $120 a share. The stock has spent the last six weeks trying to recover but investors have been selling the rallies. Now SRCL is starting to breakdown. The company's management offered slightly bullish 2015 and 2016 revenue guidance but traders don't seem to care. Now the point & figure chart is bearish and forecasting at $73.00 target.

The last few days have seen SRCL testing round-number support at $120.00. Today shares displayed relative weakness with a -1.5% decline and a breakdown below support. This sell-off could accelerate. Tonight we are suggesting a trigger to buy puts at $118.40.

- Suggested Positions -

Long JAN $115 PUT (SRCL160115P115) entry $2.20

12/03/15 triggered on gap down at $118.07, suggested entry was $118.40
Option Format: symbol-year-month-day-call-strike



CLOSED BULLISH PLAYS

ABIOMED, Inc. - ABMD - close: 79.00 change: -5.72

Stop Loss: 79.75
Target(s): To Be Determined
Current Option Gain/Loss: -57.9%
Average Daily Volume = 841 thousand
Entry on November 27 at $83.20
Listed on November 24, 2015
Time Frame: Exit PRIOR to January option expiration
New Positions: see below

Comments:
12/03/15: The market's big drop on Thursday sparked a -6.75% plunge in shares of ABMD. The stock hit our stop loss at $79.75.

*small positions to limit risk* - Suggested Positions -

JAN $90 CALL (ABMD160115C90) entry $3.80 exit $1.60 (-57.9%)

12/03/15 stopped out
12/01/15 new stop @ 79.75
11/27/15 triggered @ $83.20
Option Format: symbol-year-month-day-call-strike

chart:


Alkermes Plc - ALKS - close: 71.24 change: -3.08

Stop Loss: 70.85
Target(s): To Be Determined
Current Option Gain/Loss: -93.9%
Average Daily Volume = 699 thousand
Entry on November 17 at $75.25
Listed on November 10, 2015
Time Frame: Exit PRIOR to December option expiration
New Positions: see below

Comments:
12/03/15: ALKS was also crushed by the market's sharp decline today. Shares fell -4.1% and traded below the short-term trend of higher lows. Our new stop was hit at $70.85.

- Suggested Positions -

DEC $80 CALL (ALKS151218C80) entry $2.45 exit $0.15 (-93.9%)

12/03/15 stopped out
12/01/15 new stop @ 70.85
11/17/15 triggered @ $75.25
Option Format: symbol-year-month-day-call-strike

chart:


Global Payments Inc. - GPN - close: 69.34 change: -2.33

Stop Loss: 69.65
Target(s): To Be Determined
Current Option Gain/Loss: -53.3%
Average Daily Volume = 718 thousand
Entry on November 17 at $70.25
Listed on November 11, 2015
Time Frame: Exit PRIOR to December options expiration
New Positions: see below

Comments:
12/03/15: The stock market's widespread plunged sparked some profit taking in shares of GPN. The stock tried to rally this morning but struggled near $72.00. GPN then reversed lower and broke down below the $70.00 level and technical support at its 20-dma, settling with a -3.25% decline. Our stop was hit at $69.65.

- Suggested Positions -

DEC $70 CALL (GPN151218C70) entry $2.25 exit $1.05 (-53.3%)

12/03/15 stopped out
12/01/15 new stop @ 69.65
11/21/15 new stop @ 68.40
11/17/15 triggered @ $70.25
Option Format: symbol-year-month-day-call-strike

chart:


Huntington Ingalls Industries - HII - close: 130.10 change: -1.11

Stop Loss: 129.75
Target(s): To Be Determined
Current Option Gain/Loss: -63.5%
Average Daily Volume = 318 thousand
Entry on November 17 at $132.05
Listed on November 16, 2015
Time Frame: Exit PRIOR to December option expiration
New Positions: see below

Comments:
12/03/15: HII broke down below the $130.00 level and hit our stop loss at $129.75 before paring its losses on the session.

- Suggested Positions -

DEC $135 CALL (HII151218C135) entry $2.83 exit $1.04 (-63.5%)

12/03/15 stopped out
11/21/15 new stop @ 129.75
11/17/15 triggered on gap higher at $132.05, trigger was $131.75
Option Format: symbol-year-month-day-call-strike

chart:


Lennox Intl. Inc. - LII - close: 133.50 change: -1.95

Stop Loss: 134.75
Target(s): To Be Determined
Current Option Gain/Loss: -38.1%
Average Daily Volume = 425 thousand
Entry on November 23 at $137.25
Listed on November 18, 2015
Time Frame: 8 to 12 weeks
New Positions: see below

Comments:
12/03/15: Today's market-wide decline was strong enough to push LII through the bottom of its recent trading range. Shares hit our new stop loss at $134.75.

- Suggested Positions -

MAR $140 CALL (LII160318C140) entry $6.30 exit $3.90 (-38.1%)

12/03/15 stopped out
12/01/15 new stop @ 134.75
11/23/15 triggered @ $137.25
Option Format: symbol-year-month-day-call-strike

chart:


Lam Research Corp. - LRCX - close: 76.44 change: -2.21

Stop Loss: 76.40
Target(s): To Be Determined
Current Option Gain/Loss: -59.7%
Average Daily Volume = 2.5 million
Entry on October 30 at $76.25
Listed on October 28, 2015
Time Frame: 6 to 8 weeks
New Positions: see below

Comments:
12/03/15: LRCX displayed relative weakness today. The SOX semiconductor index only fell -0.58%. The NASDAQ composite dropped -1.6%. Yet LRCX plunged -2.8% and hit our new stop loss at $76.40.

- Suggested Positions -

JAN $80 CALL (LRCX160115C80) entry $3.30 exit $1.33 (-59.7%)

12/03/15 stopped out
12/01/15 new stop @ 76.40
11/21/15 new stop @ 74.95
11/12/15 LRCX closes below short-term support at $76.00
11/03/15 new stop @ 73.85
10/30/15 triggered @ $76.25
Option Format: symbol-year-month-day-call-strike

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