Yesterday, we looked at a Daily Price Chart for Visa Inc., noting that the stock’s OBV line is sloping up, validating the recent bullish trend.
For today’s Trade of the Day e-letter we will be looking at a daily price chart for Marsh and McLennan Co., stock symbol: MMC.
Before breaking down MMC’s daily chart let’s first review what products and services the company offers.
Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc., a professional services company, provides advice and solutions to clients in the areas of risk, strategy, and people worldwide. It operates in two segments, Risk and Insurance Services, and Consulting. The Risk and Insurance Services segment offers risk management services, such as risk advice, risk transfer, and risk control and mitigation solutions, as well as insurance and reinsurance broking, strategic advisory services, and analytics solutions; and insurance program management services.
Now, let’s begin to break down the Daily Price chart for MMC stock.
Below is a Daily Price chart with the 50-Day EMA and 100-Day EMA for MMC.
50-Day EMA and 100-Day EMA ‘Buy’ Signal
The 50-Day Exponential Moving Average (EMA) and 100-Day EMA are moving average indicator lines that can provide buy and sell signals when used together. When the shorter-term 50-Day EMA crosses above or below the longer-term 100-Day EMA, this provides either a buy or sell signal depending on which direction the stock price is moving.
- 50-Day EMA line Above 100-Day EMA = Price Uptrend = Buy signal
- 50 Day EMA line Below 100-Day EMA = Price Downtrend = Sell signal
When the 50-Day EMA (blue line) crosses above the 100-Day EMA (red line) this indicates that the stock’s buying pressure has begun to outweigh the selling pressure signaling a ‘buy’ signal. When the 50-Day EMA crosses below the 100-Day EMA this indicates that the selling pressure has begun to outweigh the buying pressure signaling a ‘sell’ signal.
Buy MMC Stock
As the chart shows, on April 11th, the MMC 50-Day EMA, crossed above the 100-Day EMA.
This crossover indicated the buying pressure for MMC stock exceeded the selling pressure. For this kind of crossover to occur, a stock has to be in a strong bullish trend.
Now, as you can see, the 50-Day EMA is still above the 100-Day EMA meaning the ‘buy’ signal is still in play.
As long as the 50-Day EMA remains above the 100-Day EMA, the stock is more likely to keep trading at new highs and should be purchased.
Our initial price target for MMC stock is 205.00 per share.
146.7% Profit Potential for MMC Option
Now, since MMC’s 50-Day EMA is trading above the 100-Day EMA this means the stock’s bullish rally will likely continue. Let’s use the Hughes Optioneering calculator to look at the potential returns for a MMC call option purchase.
The Call Option Calculator will calculate the profit/loss potential for a call option trade based on the price change of the underlying stock/ETF at option expiration in this example from a flat MMC price to a 12.5% increase.
The Optioneering Team uses the 1% Rule to select an option strike price with a higher percentage of winning trades. In the following MMC option example, we used the 1% Rule to select the MMC option strike price but out of fairness to our paid option service subscribers we don’t list the strike price used in the profit/loss calculation.
Trade with Higher Accuracy
When you use the 1% Rule to select a MMC in-the-money option strike price, MMC stock only has to increase 1% for the option to breakeven and start profiting! Remember, if you purchase an at-the-money or out-of-the-money call option and the underlying stock closes flat at option expiration it will result in a 100% loss for your option trade! In this example, if MMC stock is flat at 196.78 at option expiration, it will only result in a 7.6% loss for the MMC option compared to a 100% loss for an at-the-money or out-of-the-money call option.
Using the 1% Rule to select an option strike price can result in a higher percentage of winning trades compared to at-the-money or out-of-the-money call options. This higher accuracy can give you the discipline needed to become a successful option trader and can help avoid 100% losses when trading options.
The goal of this example is to demonstrate the powerful profit potential available from trading options compared to stocks.
The prices and returns represented below were calculated based on the current stock and option pricing for MMC on 9/13/2023 before commissions.
When you purchase a call option, there is no limit on the profit potential of the call if the underlying stock continues to move up in price.
For this specific call option, the calculator analysis below reveals if MMC stock increases 5.0% at option expiration to 206.62 (circled), the call option would make 69.6% before commission.
If MMC stock increases 10.0% at option expiration to 216.46 (circled), the call option would make 146.7% before commission and outperform the stock return nearly 15 to 1*.
The leverage provided by call options allows you to maximize potential returns on bullish stocks.
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Wishing You the Best in Investing Success,
Editor, Trade of the Day
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