3 Home Run Option Ideas to Consider this Wednesday

Bull & Bear - Bull on Wall Street

Today, we are using some moving average filters to find bullish stocks and then looking at a couple of different trade ideas.

First the stock scanner:

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Which produces these results:

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Now that we have some bullish stock candidates, let’s analyze three different option ideas.

BHP Billiton Bull Put Spread

A bull put spread is a defined risk option strategy that profits if the stock closes above the short strike at expiry.

To execute a bull put spread an investor would sell an out-of-the-money put and then buy a further out-of-the-money put.

Running the Barchart Bull Put Spread Screener shows these results for BHP Billiton (BHP):

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Let’s use the first line item as an example. This bull put spread trade involves selling the April expiry $57.50 strike put and buying the $52.50 strike put.

Selling this spread results in a credit of around $0.50 or $50 per contract. That is also the maximum possible gain on the trade. 

The maximum potential loss can be calculated by taking the spread width, less the premium received and multiplying by 100. That give us:

5 – 0.50 x 100 = $450.

If we take the maximum gain divided by the maximum loss, we see the trade has a return potential of 11.11%.

The probability of the trade being successful is 74.1%, although this is just an estimate.

For Fortinet (FTNT), let’s look at the bull call spread screener.

Fortinet Bull Call Spread

Here are the results of the bull call spread screener:

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A bull call spread is created through buying a call and then selling a further out-of-the-money call.

Selling the further out-of-the-money call reduces the cost of the trade but also limits the upside.

A bull call spread is a risk defined trade, so you always know the worst-case scenario. Bull call spreads are positive delta (bullish) and positive vega (benefit from a rise in implied volatility).

The first item on the screener involves buying the June expiration, $70-strike call and selling the $75 strike call.

The trade cost would be $203 (difference in the option prices multiplied by 100), and the maximum potential profit would be $297 (difference in strike prices, multiplied by 100 less the premium paid).

This trade has a max profit potential of 146.31% and a probability of 40.3%.

The final idea we will look at is a covered call trade on Paychex Inc (PAYX).

Paychex Inc Covered Call

First, let’s run our covered call screener:


Let’s evaluate the first PAYX covered call example. Buying 100 shares of PAYX would cost around $12,208. The June 21, $130 strike call option was trading yesterday for around $1.20, generating $120 in premium per contract for covered call sellers. 

Selling the call option generates an income of 1.00% in 80 days, equalling around 4.53% annualized. That assumes the stock stays exactly where it is. What if the stock rises above the strike price of $130?

If PAYX closes above $130 on the expiration date, the shares will be called away at $130, leaving the trader with a total profit of $912 (gain on the shares plus the $120 option premium received). That equates to a 7.5% return, which is 34.9% on an annualized basis. 


There you have three different bullish trade ideas on three different stocks. Remember to always manage risk and have stop losses in place.

Please remember that options are risky, and investors can lose 100% of their investment. This article is for education purposes only and not a trade recommendation. Remember to always do your own due diligence and consult your financial advisor before making any investment decisions.

On the date of publication, Gavin McMaster did not have (either directly or indirectly) positions in any of the securities mentioned in this article. All information and data in this article is solely for informational purposes. For more information please view the Barchart Disclosure Policy here.