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Expiration Exit 25% Profit 5G Me Verizon – Sell VZ January 50 Call @ 10.00

Place order to sell the VZ January $50 Call at $10.00 or better for 25% gain.








New Trade Alert for (VERIZON)




Buy January 2020 VZ $50.00 Call @$8.00 or less






Risk Rating: 2.5     (1 = lowest   5 = highest)




Above Break Even Probability: 53%




Probability of maximum loss: 18%














It has been less than a month since the ALL TIME RECORD HIGHS in the broad market barometer S&P.  This drop from the top has been seen many times before with every single one bouncing back…


Stocks have slid as they often do when fundamentals of earnings season stop for a few weeks.  The new numbers hit after the July 4th holiday to get the market back on track with facts.


Even with the uncomfortable unwind the DOW is up more than 15% from the December depths and almost double digit percentage gain in 2019..








In the last six months the DOW is plus 3% and Blue Chip Verizon off 3%.


Verizon has been stuck in a range from $52 to $62 for nearly a year.  A push above the top targets $72 more than 20% higher.









A stock substitution strategy using options ties up less capital and has absolutely limited risk to the premium paid.  An option instead of buying the shares also has greater staying power for long term trend development.




The January 2020 option has seven plus months for Bullish development.




An In-The-Money option gives you the right to be long the shares from a lower strike price and costs much less than the stock itself.




The Options Way: Unlimited Upside Potential with Limited Risk.

A Verizon call option can provide the staying power in a potential bullish trend extension.  More importantly, the maximum risk is the premium paid.



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 also 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 long shot price explosions.




Good Options can profit from only modest directional moves.

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 are 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 VZ at $57, for example, an In The Money $50 strike option currently has $7.00 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 — at least three to six months for the trade to develop.  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 VZ January 2020 $50 Call at $8.00 or less. A loss of half of the option premium could trigger an exit.


An option play also has staying power with the ability to ride through Ups and Downs that would force most stock traders out of the position.




The option also behaves much like the underlying stock with a much less money tied up in the investment.  The Delta on the $50 strike call is 81%.




The January 2020 has seven months for bullish development.  This option is like being long the stock from $50 last seen in July with completely limited risk.






The maximum loss is limited to the $800 or less paid per option contract. The upside, on the other hand, is unlimited.

The VZ option trade break even is $58.00 or less at expiration ($50 strike plus $8.00 or less option premium).  That stands less about one dollar higher than the current trade.





If shares hit the $72 range breakout price target the option would be worth near $22 for a 175% return on investment.






Alan Knuckman

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