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December 5th New Trade Alert – Cleveland Cliffs

New Trade Alert for (CLF)

Cleveland Cliffs  Buy January 2019 $5 Call @$2.25 or less


Risk Rating: 3     (1 = lowest   5 = highest)

Above Break Even Probability: 47%

Max Loss Probability: 32%


Digging Deep for Downtrodden Stocks


Choosing trading candidates is increasing challenging with so many stocks on the move up up and away. 


After the tax plan pass pushed stocks to all time highs we can look to INFRASTRUCTURE as the next political initiative.


If it is time to build something it needs to be noted that metal and miners have some in the sector still negative in 2017.


Commodities have not yet come back as much keeping a lid the resource sector and those subdued stocks.





The broad market barometer S&P is up an impressive 18% YTD rally run.


Compare that to Cleveland Cliffs that has dropped from $12 to $6 lows over the last year but offers a good reward to risk at these levels for bullish buyers.  CLF is off 20% in 2017.



CLF is sideways between mostly $6 and $8 for eight months.  The measured move target on an upside breakout is $10 another 60% above.


A Cleveland Cliffs long call options can provide the staying power in a potential larger trend extension.  More importantly, the maximum risk is the premium paid for buying the option.   


The Options Way: Unlimited Upside Potential with Limited Risk 

One major advantage of using long options instead of buying or selling shares is putting up much less money to control 100 shares — that’s the power of leverage.


Choosing an option can sometimes be a daunting task with all of the choices and expiration months.  Simply put, traders want to buy a high probability option that has enough time to be right.

The option strike price is the level at which you have the right to buy without any obligation to do so.  In reality, you rarely convert the option into shares. Simply sell the option you bought to exit the trade for gain or loss.  

There are two rules options traders need to follow to be successful.

Rule One:  Choose an option with 70%-plus probability.  The Delta is a measurement of how well the option reacts to movement in the underlying security.  


It is important to buy options that payoff from only a modest price move.  There is no need to ONLY make money on the all but infrequent price explosion.

Any trade has a fifty/fifty chance of success.  Buying options ITM options increase that probability.  That Delta also approximates the odds that the option will be In The Money at expiration.


Buying better options is more expensive, but they are worth it — the chances of success are mathematically superior to buying cheap, long shot Out Of The Money lottery tickets that rarely ever pay off.  
With CLF trading at $6.25, for example, an In The Money $5 strike option currently has $1.25 in real or intrinsic value.  The remainder of any premium is the time value of the option.

Rule Two: Buy more time until expiration than you may need —   Time is an investor’s greatest asset when you have completely limited the exposure risks. 

Traders often buy too little time for the trade to develop.  Nothing is more frustrating than being right but only after the option has expired premature to the market move.



Trade Setup: I recommend the January 2019 CLF $5 Call at $2.25 or better.

Looking at CLF, the $5 option strike level gives you the right to buy shares at a big discount and below the annual low.  It is also solidly below the bottom of the trading channel.  This In The Money option gives you the right to buy the stock  with absolutely limited risk.


The January 2019 option has one year and nearly two months for bullish development.


The maximum loss is limited to the $225 or less paid per option contract if CLF is below $5 the third Friday in January of 2019. 



The upside, on the other hand, is unlimited. The In The Money option has a delta of 75% so it will behave much like the stock for a fraction of the cost of owning the shares.


The trade expiration break even is at $7.25 or above at expiration ($5 strike plus $2.25 option premium).  That about $1 higher than the present price.


The objective is the $10 target from the $6 to $8 sideways range.  If CLF moved to that level, the option investment would be worth $5.00 for a gain of 100%+.


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