This Trade Targets a 100% Return in Two Months

All four of the main indices fell yesterday with the Russell suffering the worst loss at 1.06%. The Nasdaq lost 0.88%, the Dow lost 0.8% and the S&P had the best performance while losing 0.63%. The factors cited for the decline were ongoing trade concerns and the Supreme Court decision to allow states to charge sales tax on internet purchases.

Eight of the ten main sectors moved lower on the day with the only two in the green being utilities (+0.34%) and consumer staples (+0.2%).

[hana-code-insert name=’adsense-article’ /]Of those that were in the red yesterday, there were three that lost over one percent and they were led by the energy sector with a loss of 1.88%.

This came as OPEC met and agreed to boost output.

The other two sectors that lost at least one percent were industrials (-1.24%) and materials (-1.06%).

My scans remained bearishly skewed and with the big down move the margin widened last night.

There were 30 names on the bearish list and only 14 on the bullish list.

Even with the bearish bias, the barometer moved a little closer to neutral, from -13.1 to -12.3.

Today’s trade idea is a bearish one on Kinder Morgan (NYSE: KMI). The oil and gas transporter is average in the fundamentals with an EPS rating of 60 and an SMR rating of a C. EPS growth is flat over the last three years and sales have been shrinking over the same period.  

The chart for KMI shows what some would call an island top or in candlestick lingo an abandon baby top. The stock gapped higher on Wednesday and stayed above the range from Tuesday, but then gapped lower yesterday and stayed below Wednesday’s range. This is a bearish signal and it is also happening just below the stock’s 52-week moving average. The stock hasn’t closed above the 52-week since April of 2017.

Buy to open the Aug18 18-strike puts on KMI at $1.25 or better. These options expire on August 17. The stock will need to drop to $15 for these options to double and that would mean a decline of 15% from the recent top. If you look back at the decline in late January and early February, that was just over 15%. I suggest a target of 100% on the gain with a stop at $17.75—just above the recent high.

— Rick Pendergraft

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Rick Pendergraft, Trades Of The Day

Rick Pendergraft has been studying, trading, analyzing and writing about the investment markets for over 30 years. He has worked for some of the largest financial publishers in the world and he has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, the New York Times and the Washington Post. In addition, he has been interviewed on Bloomberg, CNBC and Fox Business News. Rick's analysis process includes fundamental, sentiment and technical analysis.