Editor's Note:

The U.S. stock market finally delivered a decent oversold bounce. A rebound in crude oil prices and a bullish earnings report from JPMorgan Chase helped set the positive tone today.

DY has been removed. HRS hit our stop loss.


Current Portfolio:


CALL Play Updates

Digital Realty Trust Inc. - DLR - close: 78.36 change: +0.73

Stop Loss: 74.80
Target(s): To Be Determined
Current Option Gain/Loss: +0.0%
Average Daily Volume = 1.5 million
Entry on January 11 at $77.75
Listed on January 09, 2016
Time Frame: Exit PRIOR to February option expiration
New Positions: see below

Comments:
01/14/16: DLR dipped to $77.31 and bounced. Shares failed to keep pace with the broader market but that is okay. DLR has been outperforming the market for several days. I would be tempted to buy calls again on a rally above today's high (78.73).

Trade Description: January 9, 2016:
The last several days have been tough on investors. Stocks experienced a global market sell-off. This volatility and uncertainty could push investors into safer, high-dividend paying stocks. Currently the 10-year U.S. bond only yields 2.1%. That makes a stock like DLR, with a dividend yield above 4%, a lot more attractive. The company has a history of consistently raising its dividend over the last nine years in a row. The stock's relative strength doesn't hurt either.

DLR is in the financial sector. According to the company, "Digital Realty Trust, Inc. supports the data center and colocation strategies of more than 1,000 firms across its secure, network-rich portfolio of data centers located throughout North America, Europe, Asia and Australia. Digital Realty's clients include domestic and international companies of all sizes, ranging from financial services, cloud and information technology services, to manufacturing, energy, gaming, life sciences and consumer products."

DLR has consistently beat Wall Street earnings expectations the last four quarters in a row. The last two quarters the company has also beat analysts' revenue estimates.

Earlier this week DLR provided their 2016 outlook and the company's forecast was slightly above expectations, which helped shares resist the market's sell-off.

Here is an excerpt from DLR's press release on their 2016 outlook:

Digital Realty expects 2016 core FFO (Funds from Operations) per share to be within a range of $5.45-$5.60, which represents a 7% increase at the midpoint from the midpoint of 2015 core FFO per share guidance. Foreign currency translation is expected to represent a headwind to core FFO per share of 1%-2% in 2016.

"We are seeing solid demand for Digital Realty's comprehensive set of data center solutions, which gives us confidence in our ability to achieve accelerating core FFO per share growth in 2016," commented Andrew P. Power, Digital Realty's Chief Financial Officer. "We also expect to generate double-digit AFFO per share growth (Adjusted Funds from Operations), driven by greater cash flow contribution from our core business, accretion from the Telx acquisition and the continued burn-off of straight-line rent. In short, the quality of earnings is improving, the growth in cash flow is accelerating, and we are optimistic about the prospects for our business in 2016 and beyond."

The recent relative strength in shares of DLR over the last few weeks has lifted shares above key resistance near the $75.00 level. It has also produced a buy signal on the point & figure chart, which is now forecasting a longer-term target of $102.00.

Friday saw DLR shares tag new all-time highs (@ 77.67). Tonight we are suggesting a trigger to buy calls at $77.75. Plan on exiting prior to February option expiration.

- Suggested Positions -

Long FEB $80 CALL (DLR160219C80) entry $1.10

01/11/16 triggered @ $77.75
Option Format: symbol-year-month-day-call-strike


PowerShares QQQ ETF - QQQ - close: 104.07 change: +2.17

Stop Loss: 103.85
Target(s): To Be Determined
Current Option Gain/Loss: Unopened
Average Daily Volume = 35 million
Entry on January -- at $---.--
Listed on January 07, 2016
Time Frame: Exit PRIOR to February option expiration
New Positions: Yes, see below

Comments:
01/14/16: Stocks delivered a very overdue, oversold bounce on Thursday. The session started with another decline and the QQQ sank to $100.67 before rebounding. We remain on the sidelines with two different entry triggers suggested (see below).

Trade Description: January 7, 2016:
The stock market moves on emotion. Most of the time it is a tug-of-war between fear and greed. Occasionally one emotion takes control of the market and stocks move too fast one direction. That is where we are at today.

Fears of a global slowdown thanks to disappointing economic data out of China have increased. China has devalued their currency again, which does not generate confidence. Yesterday we had the nuclear weapon testing headlines from North Korea, which generates fear. We have plunging oil prices, which is fueling worries about deflation.

Odds of a snap back rally are growing and we want to be ready to catch it. One way to play it is the NASDAQ-100 ETF or the QQQ. These are very liquid, big cap names that fund managers can move in and out of more easily.

Thus far 2016 has been ruled by fear. We are only four trading days into the year and the NASDAQ composite is already down -6.4% completely erasing its +5.7% gain from 2015. The QQQ is down -6.2% in the last four days and it's down -8.25% from its December 29th peak just six trading days ago. That's too far too fast.

Tonight we are suggesting a short-term bullish trade when stocks bounce. They will bounce (eventually). Today's intraday high on the QQQ was $107.29. We are suggesting a trigger to buy calls at $107.35. We'll use an initial stop loss at $103.85. More conservative traders may want to use a stop loss closer to today's intraday low instead ($104.81).

Trigger @ $106.50, use an initial stop loss at $103.45

- Suggested Positions -

Buy the FEB $110 CALL (QQQ160219C110)

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Buy-the-Dip Trigger @ $100.50, use an initial stop loss at $97.45

- Suggested Positions -

Buy the FEB $105 CALL (QQQ160219C105)

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(s).

01/09/16 Entry Strategy Update - Use TWO different entry triggers
One is a buy-the-dip trigger at $100.50 with a stop at $97.45 and the Feb $105 calls
The other is a trigger at $106.50 with a stop at $103.45 and the Feb $110 calls
Option Format: symbol-year-month-day-call-strike


SPDR S&P 500 ETF - SPY - close: 191.93 change: +3.10

Stop Loss: 179.65
Target(s): To Be Determined
Current Option Gain/Loss: Unopened
Average Daily Volume = 128 million
Entry on January -- at $---.--
Listed on January 13, 2016
Time Frame: 4 to 6 weeks
New Positions: Yes, see below

Comments:
01/14/16: Stocks were due for a bounce and the SPY dipped toward short-term support near $187 before rebounding today. One day does not make a trend so current momentum remains lower. There is no change from last night's new play description.

Trade Description: January 13, 2016:
The stock market's sell-off seems to be getting worse. Constant worries about a slowing global economy and the potential for another currency devaluation in China have spooked investors. The nearly non-stop plunge in crude oil hasn't helped although at the moment it looks like the $30.00 a barrel level is offering some short-term support for oil. I wouldn't count on oil holding above $30 though.

In the U.S. we have the Federal Reserve that has begun a rate-hiking cycle seemingly at the wrong time as the U.S. economy slows down. The Atlanta Fed's Q4 GDP growth estimates have fallen to +0.8%. Meanwhile corporate earnings are forecasted to be negative for the second quarter in a row, which would be an "earnings recession" in the U.S.

All of these ingredients have come together in a bearish recipe to send stocks lower. Eventually stocks will bounce. The tone on Wall Street today felt "a little panicky" according to some market watchers. We could be getting close to a bottom (at least a short-term bottom). Tonight we are going to try and pick a trade to catch the bottom. This is typically called "catching a falling knife" and can be hazardous to your trading account. Consider this an aggressive, higher-risk trade. I suggest small positions to limit risk.

The SPY has potential support in the $187.00 area and again in the $182 region. I'm looking at a buy-the-dip trade near the lower level. The October 2014 low in the SPY was $181.92. The August intraday low was $182.40. Tonight I am listing a buy-the-dip trigger to buy calls on the SPY at $183.00. We'll start with a stop loss at $179.65.

Buy-the-dip Trigger @ $183.00 *small positions to limit risk*

- Suggested Positions -

Buy the MAR $190 CALL (SPY160318C190)

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


Sovran Self Storage Inc. - SSS - close: 109.38 change: -0.26

Stop Loss: 107.40
Target(s): To Be Determined
Current Option Gain/Loss: -36.8%
Average Daily Volume = 257 thousand
Entry on January 13 at $110.75
Listed on January 11, 2016
Time Frame: Exit PRIOR to earnings in mid February
New Positions: see below

Comments:
01/14/16: It was a disappointing session if you're bullish on SSS. Shares tested short-term support near $108.00 and its simple 20-dma before bouncing. Sadly the bounce in SSS paled in comparison to the broader market. SSS failed to close in positive territory while the rest of the market experienced a widespread gain. I am still suggesting investors wait for a rally above $110.75 before considering new positions.

Trade Description: January 11, 2016:
REIT stocks had a rocky year in 2015 as investors worried about the Federal Reserve raising rates. Well the Fed finally did raise rates in December and shares of SSS soared to new highs. This stock has been outperforming both its peers and the broader market. Last year the S&P 500 was flat (-0.7%) while the REIT ETF (symbol: IYR) lost -17.6%. Shares of SSS delivered a +22% gain last year and the bullish momentum continues in 2016.

SSS is part of the financial sector. According to the company, "Sovran Self Storage, Inc. is an equity REIT that is in the business of acquiring and managing self storage facilities. The Company operates over 500 self storage facilities in 25 states under the name Uncle Bob's Self Storage."

This is a relative strength play. SSS has rallied toward round-number resistance at $110.00. Shares spent the last several days consolidating sideways in the $105-110 zone. Now it looks poised to breakout. The point & figure chart is bullish and forecasting a long-term target at $130.00.

Readers might want to consider buying calls on a breakout past $110.00. However, the intraday high on December 30th was $110.60. We are suggesting a trigger to launch positions at $110.75.

FYI: SSS has an $0.85 dividend coming up soon. The ex-dividend date appears to be January 15th. The stock will likely gap down on Friday morning due to the dividend.

- Suggested Positions -

Long FEB $110 CALL (SSS160219C110) entry $3.40

01/13/16 triggered @ $110.75
Option Format: symbol-year-month-day-call-strike




PUT Play Updates


Currently we do not have any active put trades.




CLOSED BULLISH PLAYS

Dycom Industries - DY - close: 66.80 change: +0.47

Stop Loss: 68.45
Target(s): To Be Determined
Current Option Gain/Loss: Unopened
Average Daily Volume = 729 thousand
Entry on January -- at $---.--
Listed on January 12, 2016
Time Frame: Exit PRIOR to earnings in late February
New Positions: see below

Comments:
01/14/16: We are cutting DY loose. Yesterday shares underperformed the market with a -6.6% plunge. Today the stock bounced but still underperformed the market with a +0.7% gain versus the S&P 500's +1.66% advance.

Readers might want to keep DY on their watch list for a breakout from its bearish channel but at the moment it remains firmly inside the channel (see chart).

Trade did not open.

01/14/16 removed from the newsletter, suggested entry was $73.75

chart:


Harris Corp. - HRS - close: 84.49 change: -0.91

Stop Loss: 84.90
Target(s): To Be Determined
Current Option Gain/Loss: -54.0%
Average Daily Volume = 927 thousand
Entry on January 05 at $88.15
Listed on January 04, 2016
Time Frame: Exit PRIOR to earnings in early February
New Positions: see below

Comments:
01/14/16: The profit taking in HRS continued on Thursday. Shares fell another -1.0% and broke support near $85.00 and its trend line of support (see chart). Our stop was hit at $84.90.

- Suggested Positions -

FEB $90 CALL (HRS160219C90) entry $2.65 exit $1.22 (-54.0%)

01/14/16 stopped out @ 84.90
01/05/16 triggered @ $88.15
Option Format: symbol-year-month-day-call-strike

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