It’s not what you would think, but this is an example of a trade that could work.
For today’s Trade of the Day, we will be looking at Freeport-McMoRan Inc. (FCX).
Before analyzing FCX’s chart, let’s take a closer look at the company and its services.
Freeport-McMoRan Inc. engages in the mining of mineral properties in North America, South America, and Indonesia. The company primarily explores for copper, gold, molybdenum, silver, and other metals, as well as oil and gas. Its assets include the Grasberg minerals district in Indonesia; Morenci, Bagdad, Safford, Sierrita, and Miami in Arizona; Tyrone and Chino in New Mexico; and Henderson and Climax in Colorado, North America, as well as Cerro Verde in Peru and El Abra in Chile. The company also operates a portfolio of oil and gas properties primarily located in offshore California and the Gulf of Mexico. As of December 31, 2021, it operated approximately 135 wells. The company was formerly known as Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc. and changed its name to Freeport-McMoRan Inc. in July 2014. Freeport-McMoRan Inc. was incorporated in 1987 and is headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona.
The chart of FCX below is a weekly chart with an ADX indicator at the bottom. The description coming up next explains how to use the ADX.
Average Direction Index (ADX) – Strength Indicator
The Average Directional Index consists of 3 lines: Green, Red and Black.
- Green = +DI (Bullish)
- Red = -DI (Bearish)
- Black = ADX Strength Line
The DI line that is on top is in control. If the ADX line is heading up, strength is supporting the DI line that is on top and in control.
Each candle on the chart represents price movement over a 5-day (week) period; therefore, it takes weeks for trades to play out. When the -DI crosses over the +DI line, it gives a buy signal for Puts as the -DI line (red) appears as if it is in control and rising to head up on the ADX indicator, and as the ADX turns up that is even more bearish, suggesting a downward move is gaining strength. When the +DI (green line) crosses the red and the black line points up it shows an upward trend and Calls can be considered.
Let’s look at FCX’s weekly chart.
The ADX -DI (red line) has crossed the +DI and the black ADX line is curling up. As long as the -DI is above the +DI, price should fall. The past few weeks have been negative.
Potential FCX Trade
This signal could give a quick payout if it continues the downward move, and the strength of this pattern continues. I am typing this on Wednesday, and FCX costs about $27.30. If FCX’s price moves to $27 and the – DI (red line) is above the +DI, and the black line is heading up, you could consider a Put trade. The short-term price target for FCX is $24 and then, perhaps, lower.
Check Out How an Option Trade Could Pay Out Big Time
Option trading offers the potential of a lower initial investment and higher percentage gain. Let’s take a look and make a comparison.
To buy shares of FCX stock you would pay about $27.30 per share. You would not buy stock if you expect the price to go down. You would wait until it found a bottom before buying.
If you bought 1 Put option covering 100 shares of FCX with an August 19th expiration date for the 24 strike, the premium would be approximately $1.14 today, or $114 for 1 option. If price fell $3 over the next few weeks, the premium would likely increase $1.50, giving $150 profit on your $114 investment. This is a 132% gain.
Trading options is a win, win, win opportunity. Options often offer a smaller overall investment, covering more shares of stock and potential for greater profits.
I like to stress when trading options, you don’t need to wait for the expiration date to close the trade. You can close anywhere along the way prior to the expiration date. It is never a bad idea to take profit.
Trading options is like renting stocks for a fixed period of time. The potential to generate steady income with options is real, and it can be transforming.
Routinely remind yourself – I believe in myself and my ability to succeed. I believe in an abundance of unlimited possibilities. The future will be awesome!
I wish you the very best,
Past potential trade update:
Last week we discussed buying AIG calls. The stock price did not reach our target entry. No trade would be taken.