AEO Gives us 100% Options Trade
On Tuesday we added a long model portfolio position in the American Eagle Outfitters (AEO) September 11.00 calls, as our pattern work argued for a positive response to the next morning's earnings release.
We wrote: "The technical set-up as well as a 29% Street short position suggest that it will not take much to light a fuse under AEO."
The company reported better-than-expected earnings, and the stock ran up 12% the next session, giving us a more than 100% gain on our options.
The first chart below shows what AEO did after our call.
The second chart shows the bigger picture of the stock. What our technicals had told us was that the stock had been carving out a base-like accumulation pattern since mid-April, and had absorbed some intense downside volume capitulation spikes.
In addition, the Apr-Aug 2014 basing action had been unfolding above the prior major low at 10.00 back in September 2011, increasing the potential for a secondary double-bottom low.
We noted on Wednesday, with the stock trading at 12.49, to expect additional strength that projects into the 13.60/90 target zone.
The stock closed Friday at 13.46.
More Top Calls From Mike
On Friday June 17, Mike Paulenoff posted an alert to MPTrader members about an emerging setup in AMZN:
AMZN is one name that pops out at me that should benefit from an initial and sustained correction in traditional energy and transportation costs. AMZN needs to climb above and sustain 110 for my work to generate a more confident technical signal, otherwise, I cannot rule out another loop down that tests and breaks key May-June support at 101.26 to 101.
Last Wednesday, prior to the official FOMC rate hike of 75 bps, Mike Paulenoffwarned MPTrader members about the likelihood of additional weakness in the beleaguered home builders, writing about the ITB (iShares US Home Construction ETF):
In that, neither my pattern work nor my intermediate-term Momentum gauges offer much technical confidence that ITB will be able to carve out a meaningful corrective basing area in and around 53.
Back on May 13, amid a thrust in the price of Crude Oil from $95/bbl to $112/bbl, Mike Paulenoff alerted MPTrader members to an actionable technical setup in energy producer PSX (Phillips 66), writing:
My work has been extremely friendly since the beginning of May, looking for PSX to break out of its 11-month corrective accumulation pattern that will trigger a thrust towards a potential target zone of 110-115.
On Thursday May 19, in the midst of some serious weakness and carnage in the retail sector that had equity market-watchers doubting the resiliency of the almighty US consumer, Mike Paulenoff turned MPTrader members attention to PARA (Paramount Global), writing:
For the past 5 months, we could make the technical argument that PARA has carved out an accumulation-base formation that attracts buyers every time the stock dips beneath 29.00. We can also make the case that every time the stock climbs above 36.
On March 11, with AAPL in a month-long down-leg and trading at 156.34, Mike Paulenoff posted a relatively bullish analysis for MPTrader members, writing:
I am watching AAPL more closely than usual these days, as a bellwether for the health/vulnerability of the overall market.