This Oracle Put Write is the Perfect Pandemic Play

Last Friday, I recommended a bullish trade on Slack Technologies, Inc. (NYSE:WORK) because of its rise to (greater) prominence during the COVID-19 pandemic, and this morning I’m looking at Oracle Corporation (NYSE:ORCL) as the target of a new bullish put write.

ORCL is an information technology services provider with a focus on cloud-based software, meaning it, like WORK, has seen a lot of new business thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic.

With cases rising across the country, it doesn’t look like workers will be eager to get back in the office anytime soon. ORCL stands to benefit.

Still Beating Expectations

In its most recent earnings report, ORCL came in above expectations. This shouldn’t exactly be surprising because the company beat expectations for the last four quarters, but it’s easy to forget that we’re living in strange times.

The company announced a partnership with Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT), using its Azure platform, which has undoubtedly contributed to the company’s success.

The COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent popularity of working from home has probably also helped ORCL continued growing.

With cases rising in many of the reopening states, workers may opt to stay at home when possible, and that means companies like ORCL are going to be critical to many businesses’ operations.

Pushing to Pre-Pandemic Levels

Like almost every stock in the market, ORCL dropped in March. But this company’s recovery can truly be described as “V-shaped.”

In the chart below, you can see that ORCL started trading within its pre-pandemic range by mid-April, and this week it has challenged its old resistance in the $55-$56 range.

Oracle Corporation ORCL Daily Chart

Daily Chart of  Oracle Corporation (ORCL) — Chart Source: TradingView

The stock isn’t as strong as it was before the pandemic. Rather than consolidate between $52 and $56, ORCL’s lower bound has dropped to around $51. But that support is still solid, and so is ORCL’s trend. By selling a put write on the stock with a strike just below support at around $51, traders can collect quick income.

Sell to open the ORCL July 24th $50 put at about $0.47.

Note: Be sure you are opening the weekly ORCL options that expire on Friday, July 24, 2020.

This is a high-risk trade, so take a small position.

About Naked Put Writes

A naked put write is a bullish position in which you expect the price of the underlying stock to increase.

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