On Friday, we looked at a Daily Price Chart of the SPDR S&P Homebuilders ETF, noting that XHB had retraced below the upper Keltner Channel.
For today’s Trade of the Day e-letter we will be looking at a monthly chart for Ecolab, Inc. stock symbol: ECL.
Before breaking down ECL’s monthly chart let’s first review what products and services the company offers.
Ecolab Inc. provides water, hygiene, and infection prevention solutions and services in the United States and internationally. The company operates through Global Industrial, Global Institutional & Specialty, and Global Healthcare & Life Sciences segments. The Global Industrial segment offers water treatment and process applications, and cleaning and sanitizing solutions to manufacturing, food and beverage processing, transportation, chemical, metals and mining, power generation, and more.
Now, let’s begin to break down the monthly chart for ECL stock.
Below is a 10-Month Simple Moving Average chart for Ecolab, Inc.
Buy ECL Stock
As the chart shows, in February, the ECL 1-Month Price, crossed above the 10-Month simple moving average (SMA).
This crossover indicated the buying pressure for ECL stock exceeded the selling pressure. For this kind of crossover to occur, a stock has to be in a strong bullish uptrend.
Now, as you can see, the 1-Month Price is still above the 10-Month SMA. That means the bullish trend is still in play!
As long as the 1-Month price remains above the 10-Month SMA, the stock is more likely to keep trading at new highs and should be purchased.
Our initial price target for ECL is 200.00 per share.
104.1% Profit Potential for ECL Option
Now, since ECL’s 1-Month Price is trading above the 10-Month SMA this means the stock’s bullish rally will likely continue. Let’s use the Hughes Optioneering calculator to look at the potential returns for an ECL 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 ECL 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 ECL option example, we used the 1% Rule to select the ECL 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 an ECL in-the-money option strike price, ECL 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 ECL stock is flat at 189.61 at option expiration, it will only result in an 11.2% loss for the ECL 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 ECL on 7/24/2023 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 ECL stock increases 5.0% at option expiration to 199.09 (circled), the call option would make 46.4% before commission.
If ECL stock increases 10.0% at option expiration to 208.57 (circled), the call option would make 104.1% before commission and outperform the stock return more than 10 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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