Yesterday, we looked at a Daily Price Chart of EQT Corp., noting that the stock’s 24/52 Day MACD is trading above the 18-Day EMA.
For today’s Trade of the Day e-letter we will be looking at a monthly chart for Charles River Laboratories International, Inc. stock symbol: CRL.
Before breaking down CRL’s monthly chart let’s first review what products and services the company offers.
Charles River Laboratories International, Inc., a non-clinical contract research organization, provides drug discovery, non-clinical development, and safety testing services in the United States, Europe, Canada, the Asia Pacific, and internationally. It operates through three segments: Research Models and Services (RMS), Discovery and Safety Assessment (DSA), and Manufacturing Solutions (Manufacturing).
Now, let’s begin to break down the monthly chart for CRL stock.
Below is a 10-Month Simple Moving Average chart for Charles River Laboratories International, Inc.
Sell CRL Stock
As the chart shows, in November, the CRL 1-Month Price, crossed below the 10-Month simple moving average (SMA).
This crossover indicated the selling pressure for CRL stock exceeded the buying pressure. For this kind of crossover to occur, a stock has to be in a strong bearish downtrend.
Now, as you can see, the 1-Month Price is still below the 10-Month SMA. That means the bearish trend is still in play!
As long as the 1-Month price remains below the 10-Month SMA, the stock is more likely to keep trading at new lows and bearish positions should be initiated.
Our initial price target for CRL is 183.00 per share.
Profit if CRL is Down, Up or Flat
Now, since CRL’s Monthly Price is currently trading below the 10-Month SMA the stock will likely continue its trend downward. Let’s use the Hughes Optioneering calculator to look at the potential returns for a CRL put option spread.
The Put Option Spread Calculator will calculate the profit/loss potential for a put option spread based on the price change of the underlying stock/ETF at option expiration in this example from a 7.5% decrease to a 7.5% increase in CRL stock at option expiration.
The goal of this example is to demonstrate the ‘built in’ profit potential for option spreads and the ability of spreads to profit if the underlying stock is down, up, or flat at option expiration. Out of fairness to our paid option service subscribers we don’t list the option strike prices used in the profit/loss calculation.
The prices and returns represented below were calculated based on the current stock and option pricing for CRL on 9/1/2022 before commissions.
Built in Profit Potential
For this option spread, the calculator analysis below reveals the cost of the spread is $620 (circled). The maximum risk for an option spread is the cost of the spread.
The analysis reveals that if CRL stock is flat or down at all at expiration the spread will realize a 61.3% return (circled).
And if CRL stock increases 7.5% at option expiration, the option spread would make a 61.3% return (circled).
Due to option pricing characteristics, this option spread has a ‘built in’ 61.3% profit potential when the trade was initiated*.
Option spread trades can result in a higher percentage of winning trades compared to a directional option trade if you can profit when the underlying stock/ETF is up, down or flat.
A higher percentage of winning trades can give you the discipline needed to become a successful trader.
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