This Health Care Stock Could Pay Off Big

AZN has strong fundamentals

By Ken Trester, Editor, Power Options Weekly

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Today I am recommending a bullish trade on AstraZeneca PLC (NYSE:AZN), a biopharmaceutical company focused on the development, discovery and commercialization of prescription medicines for a variety of diseases.

My indicators are giving bullish readings again this week, as the market continues its rebound from the October correction.

History shows that the market tends to rise into the end of the year during mid-term election years more often than not. In fact, according to research by Bank of America (NYSE:BAC), in years when there is a Republican president and a split Congress, stocks tend to post average annual returns of about 12%.

Out of all the sectors in the market, I still think that health care is one of the best places to invest for the long run.

Companies like Humana (NYSE:HUM), Pfizer (NYSE:PFE) and Merck (NYSE:MRK) are really going to prosper in this environment, as an aging population will mean perpetual demand for their products and services.

Furthermore, while I don’t mess around with the smaller, speculative biotech stocks for long-term investing, the bigger drug-makers enjoy a great profit buffer with their new drugs and product pipelines.

AZN is another one of my favorites in this sector, and with the stock breaking out above the $40 level this week, I expect it to continue moving higher. For that reason, I’m recommending bullish call options on the name this morning:

Buy to open the AstraZeneca PLC (AZN) Jan 42.50 Calls at $0.80 or lower.

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