This Trade Targets a 100% Return in 3 Weeks

Friday saw all four indices make big reversals throughout the day with all of them opening higher and moving up significantly. Unfortunately they didn’t hang on to the gains and all four closed well off their highs.

All but the Russell ended up finishing with small gains, but the small-cap index finished down by 0.12%. The Dow led the way with a gain of 0.23%. The Nasdaq was second with a gain of 0.09% and the S&P finished 0.08% higher.

[hana-code-insert name=’adsense-article’ /]Seven sectors finished higher on the day, one finished unchanged (financials), and two finished lower.

The energy sector led the way with a gain of 0.62% followed by the materials sector with a gain of 0.35%.

The two sectors that finished in the red were consumer staples (-0.06%) and tech (-0.04%).

My scans were severely skewed toward the bullish side on Friday night with 124 bullish signals and only five bearish signals.

When I added the differential of 119 in to the barometer calculations, it came in at 64.6 and that is the highest reading since the low at the end of March.

With the barometer coming in so positive, I felt the best trade idea was a bullish one on the SPDR S&P 500 ETF (NYSE: SPY). The three previous instances where the barometer was over 50 in the past year were last August, January, and March. All three of these instances preceded a rally.

Another factor in the bullish trade idea on the Spyders is the trend channel that has formed since the end of March. I look for the ETF to maintain the trend channel and rally back up to the upper rail. It also helps that the oscillators are at similar levels to what we saw after the January-February, March, and May pullbacks.

Buy to open the Jul18 270-strike calls on SPY at $4.50 or better. These options expire on July 20. These options will double if the ETF hits $280 and that is right at the top of the trend channel. I would set a target of 100% for the gain and would set a stop at $268.

— 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.