Dear Reader,

Yesterday, we looked at a Daily Price Chart for the iShares U.S. Home Construction ETF, noting that the stock is trading in the Keltner Channel ‘Buy Zone’.

For today’s Trade of the Day we will be looking at a Daily Price chart for XPO Logistics, Inc. stock symbol: XPO.

Before breaking down XPO’s daily price chart let’s first review which products and services are offered by the company.

XPO, Inc. provides freight transportation services in the United States, rest of North America, France, the United Kingdom, rest of Europe, and internationally. The company operates in two segments, North American LTL and European Transportation. The North American LTL segment provides customers with less-than-truckload services, such as geographic density and day-definite domestic services.

Now, let’s begin to break down the Daily Price chart for XPO. Below is a Daily Price Chart with the price line displayed by an OHLC bar.

Buy XPO Stock

The Daily Price chart above shows that XPO stock began reaching a series of higher highs and higher lows since late May.

This pattern of bullish trading suggests the stock will march on to a further advance.

You see, after a stock makes a series of two or more higher highs and higher lows, the stock typically continues its price up trend and should be purchased.

Our initial price target for XPO stock is 64.50 per share.

Profit if XPO is Up, Down or Flat

Now, since XPO is making a series of new higher highs and higher lows and will likely rally from here, let’s use the Hughes Optioneering calculator to look at the potential returns for an XPO call option spread.

The Call Option Spread Calculator will calculate the profit/loss potential for a call option spread based on the price change of the underlying stock/ETF at option expiration in this example from a 7.5% increase to a 7.5% decrease in XPO stock at option expiration.

The goal of this example is to demonstrate the ‘built in’ profit potential for option spreads and the ability of spreads to profit if the underlying stock is up, down or flat at option expiration. Out of fairness to our paid option service subscribers we don’t list the option strike prices used in the profit/loss calculation.

The prices and returns represented below were calculated based on the current stock and option pricing for XPO on 7/7/2023 before commissions.

Built in Profit Potential

For this option spread, the calculator analysis below reveals the cost of the spread is $320 (circled). The maximum risk for an option spread is the cost of the spread.

The analysis reveals that if XPO stock is flat or up at all at expiration the spread will realize a 56.3% return (circled). 

And if XPO stock decreases 7.5% at option expiration, the option spread would make a 36.0% return (circled). 

Due to option pricing characteristics, this option spread has a ‘built in’ 56.3% profit potential when the trade was identified*.

Option spread trades can result in a higher percentage of winning trades compared to a directional option trade if you can profit when the underlying stock/ETF is up, down or flat.

A higher percentage of winning trades can give you the discipline needed to become a successful trader. 

The Hughes Optioneering Team is here to help you identify profit opportunities just like this one.

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Wishing You the Best in Investing Success,

Chuck Hughes

Editor, Trade of the Day

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