I teach everyday people (like me) to trade options.  I do my best to write in an understandable way as if we are talking while sitting on my deck in a relaxed atmosphere.

The market was up 5 out of 5 days last week.  I am typing this on Wednesday, and you won’t get this until Friday. A lot could change in a couple days.

For today’s Trade of the Day, we will be looking at Gilead Sciences (GILD).

Before analyzing GILD’s chart, let’s take a closer look at the company and its services.

Gilead Sciences, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company, discovers, develops, and commercializes medicines in the areas of unmet medical need in the United States, Europe, and internationally. Gilead Sciences, Inc. has collaboration agreements with Arcus Biosciences, Inc.; Pionyr Immunotherapeutics Inc.; Tizona Therapeutics, Inc.; Tango Therapeutics, Inc.; Jounce Therapeutics, Inc.; Galapagos NV; Janssen Sciences Ireland Unlimited Company; Japan Tobacco, Inc.; Gadeta B.V.; Bristol-Myers Squibb Company; Dragonfly Therapeutics, Inc.; and Merck & Co, Inc. The company was incorporated in 1987 and is headquartered in Foster City, California.

The chart of GILD 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 GILD’s weekly chart.

The ADX +DI (green line) is close to crossing the -DI and the black ADX line is curling up.  As long as the +DI is above the -DI, price should rise. The past few weeks have been positive. If you want to learn more about­­­­­ ADX, read on or, if not, scroll down to the alert.

Potential GILD Trade – Showing Strength

This signal could give a quick payout if it continues its downward move, and the strength of this pattern continues.  I am typing this on Wednesday, and GILD costs about \$65.   If GILD ’s price moves above \$66 and the + DI (green line) is above the -DI, and the black line is heading up, you could consider a Call trade.  The short-term price target for GILD is \$73 and then, perhaps, higher.  With the swings in past months, I am suggesting small profit targets until a market trend starts again.

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.

If you bought 1 stock share of GILD, it would cost about \$65. If the price rose the expected \$4 you would make \$4 on your \$65 investment.

If you bought 1 Put option covering 100 shares of GILD with a June 17th expiration date for the 70 strike, the premium would be approximately \$ .73 today, or \$73 for 1 option.  If price rose to \$4 over the next few weeks, the premium would likely increase \$2, giving \$200 profit on your \$73 investment. This is a 274% 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,

Wendy