I recently gave you a Trade of the Day featuring call options in Gilead Sciences (GILD), and I want to revisit that today. Smart traders can use the low-volume atmosphere that’s pretty typical around the New Year’s market holiday to establish positions at a significant discount, and using options to play Gilead Sciences stock is a perfect example.
Gilead Sciences stock shares were up 0.8% Monday, and they were reiterated as a “Buy” with a target price of $107 at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. The call was based on strong hepatitis C drug sales of Sovaldi, and the analyst said he believed the drug could have sales of $4.3 billion in 2014. Although the stock is already at all-time highs, there is plenty of opportunity in the fundamentals and sentiment to see the common shares head to the $85-$90 level.
My original recommendation was to buy the GILD Jan. $75 calls at current levels, and I’d like to reiterate that today. Again, it’s important to note that while weekly options are available at this strike price, I think the better trade is the regular monthly calls that expire on Jan. 18. I have a revised target on the GILD calls: Sell half of the GILD calls at the initial target of $3.25, and then hold the remainder of your position for the final target of $4.15.
Jon Markman operates the investment firm Markman Capital Insights. He also offers a daily trading advisory service, Trader’s Advantage, and CounterPoint Options, a service that helps individual traders make steady, consistent profits with volatility-related instruments.
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