Tuesday, August 24th, 2021

Happy Thankful Tuesday!

I am excited to share that you don’t need special education or to sit in front of the computer all day to trade options.  It can be easily learned if you are interested in spending an hour or so a week earning money in what could be considered “renting” stocks for a short period of time.

This is why I show you the details about an equity’s symbol and pattern each week.

I am typing this on Sunday, before the new week starts.  Last week, the Dow was down 3 days out of 5. All the indices ended down for the week, recovering only recovering a portion of the early drop. 

For the updates on previously discussed symbols, please scroll down.

For today’s Trade of the Day, we will be looking at Merck & Co., Inc. symbol (MRK)

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

Merck & Co., Inc. operates as a healthcare company worldwide. It operates through two segments, Pharmaceutical and Animal Health segments. The Pharmaceutical segment offers human health pharmaceutical products in the areas of oncology, hospital acute care, immunology, neuroscience, virology, cardiovascular, diabetes, and women’s health, as well as vaccine products. The Animal Health segment provides discovers, develops, manufactures, and markets a range of veterinary pharmaceuticals, vaccines, and health management solutions and services, as well as a suite of digitally connected identification, traceability, and monitoring products.

Merck & Co., Inc. was founded in 1891 and is headquartered in Kenilworth, New Jersey.

Each candle on the chart represents price movement over a 5-day (week) period.  The indicator at the bottom of the chart is a Channel Commodity Index (CCI).

I drew a line below the candles, if price stays above that line, the upward trend should continue.   Watch for a continued rise toward its target.

A cross down through the CCI zero or -100 line is bearish, in that it is suggesting price has gone from bearish to even more bearish. A cross up through the zero line and a cross through 100, suggests price is bullish. If you want to learn more about the CCI, you can read through the short section below or you can scroll down to the alert signal.

Channel Commodity Index

A cross up and over the CCI -100 or the zero line can issue an entry signal as it moves from being bearish to bullish. A rise toward 100 is a continuation of that bullishness.  Up through the 100 line creates a green fin of bullishness, until it drops back down through the 100-line.

Also, a pullback and then, as it heads back up is another bullish indicator.

A break below the zero line means it has gone from bullish to bearish and a drop below -100 suggests even more bearishness.

The Commodity Channel Index (CCI) is a versatile indicator that can be used to identify a new trend or warn of extreme conditions. Originally, it was developed to identify cyclical turns in commodities, but the indicator can be successfully applied to indices, ETFs, stocks and other securities. In general, CCI measures the current price level relative to an average price level over a given period. CCI is relatively high when prices are far above their average but is relatively low when prices are far below their average. In this manner, CCI can be used to identify overbought and oversold levels or breaks from one level to another.

Check Out How This Rise in Price Could Pay Out Big Time

MRK is bullish as it rises further above the zero line. This week’s candle is apt to continue its upward movement that could take it higher. We are looking for a continued rise up through the CCI 100 line and up to a price of $79 and then higher.  The target is $82.

Potential Profit Play for MRK

MRK’s price continues to move up.  I am writing this on Sunday, if price continues to rise above 79 when you receive this on Tuesday, you could consider a call option trade. We are expecting the CCI indicator to continue rising above the 100 line and head up further.

Price is currently at approximately $79 as I write over the weekend and is expected to continue heading up to, perhaps, $82 and then higher.  

If the CCI line stays above the 100 line and then, continues up, price will continue its current uptrend and continue to rise.  We will keep an eye on it over the course of the next few weeks.

The short-term price target for MRK is $82 and, perhaps, higher.

To buy shares of Merck MRK) stock today would cost approximately $79 per share.

I am suggesting that the price of MRK may rise to $82.

Option trading offers the potential of a lower initial investment and higher percentage gain.   It is like renting stock versus buying out right.  Let’s take a look.

If you bought 10 shares of MRK at $79, total investment $790 and it increased in price to $82, it would result in a profit of $3 or $30 for 10 shares or a 3% gain.

If you bought one Call option contract covering 100 shares of MRK’s stock with a September 10th (Sept wk 2) expiration date for the 82 strike, the premium would be approximately .47 per share or a total of $47 for the contract of 100 shares.  If price increased the expected $3 over the next few weeks to $82 target, the premium would increase approximately $1.00 to $1.47. This is a gain of $100 on your $47 investment or 2% profit.  That would be a terrific trade!

It is exciting to make money if price rises or falls.

I want to remind you that you can sell to close and take profit any time along the line before the expiration date.  You don’t have to hold the contract until expiration.

Options often offer a smaller overall investment, covering more shares of stock and potential for greater profits.  This is like renting stocks versus having to pay full price to buy.

This said, if you are having any kind of trouble taking advantage of these trades, we don’t want you to miss out. I have put together programs that help traders just like you access the potential profits that options provide. Be sure to check out the programs shared in this email and we will make it easy for you to get your share.

I love to trade, and I love to teach.  It is my thing.

Yours for a Prosperous Future,

Wendy Kirkland

PS-I have created this daily letter to help you see the great potential you can realize by trading options. Being able to recognize these set ups are a key first step in generating wealth with options. Once you are in a trade, there is a huge range of tools that can be used to manage the many possibilities that can present themselves. If you are interested in learning how to apply these tools and increase the potential of each trade, click here to learn more.

Previous Equities discuss:

Two weeks ago, we examined AIG with an expiration date of Aug 27th (Aug wk 4) and a strike price of 54 and premium of .39.  Price rose and the premium was higher during the day a week ago on Friday and closed at 1.29 or a gain of .90 or 351% profit.  Awesome trade.

Last week, we discussed Citigroup (C) with s Sept.3rd expiration and a 76 strike with a premium of .65.  It was suggested that a trade could be entered if C’s CCI stayed above the zero line.  With the drop on Monday through Wednesday, the CCI dropped below zero, so no trade developed.