On January 2rd, we looked at a Monthly Price Chart of Waste Management, Inc., noting that WM’s 1-Month Price is trading above the 10-Month SMA signaling a ‘Buy’

For today’s Trade of the Day we will be looking at a Daily Price chart for Vertex Pharmaceuticals Inc. stock symbol: VRTX.

Before breaking down VRTX’s daily price chart let’s first review which products and services are offered by the company.

Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated is focused on the discovery, development, and commercialization of small molecule drugs targeting serious diseases. The company’s main area of focus is cystic fibrosis. The company’s lead marketed products are Trikafta, Symdeko/Symkevi, Orkambi and Kalydeco, which are collectively approved to treat the people with CF in North America, Europe and Australia. 

Now, let’s begin to break down the Daily Price chart for VRTX. Below is a Daily Price Chart with the price line displayed by an OHLC bar.

Buy VRTX Stock

The Daily Price chart above shows that VRTX stock has been hitting new 52-Week Highs regularly since mid-December.

Simply put, a stock does not just continually hit a series of new 52-Week Highs unless it is in a very strong bullish trend.

The Hughes Optioneering team looks for stocks that are making a series of 52-Week Highs as this is a good indicator that the stock is in a powerful uptrend.

You see, after a stock makes a series of two or more 52-Week Highs, the stock typically continues its price uptrend and should be purchased.

Our initial price target for VRTX stock is 418.00 per share.

Profit if VRTX is Up, Down or Flat

Now, since VRTX is currently making a series of new 52-Week Highs and will likely rally from here, let’s use the Hughes Optioneering calculator to look at the potential returns for a VRTX call option spread.

The Call Option Spread Calculator will calculate the profit/loss potential for a call option spread based on the price change of the underlying stock/ETF at option expiration in this example from a 7.5% increase to a 7.5% decrease in VRTX 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 up, down 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 VRTX on 1/3/2024 before commissions.

Built in Profit Potential

For this option spread, the calculator analysis below reveals the cost of the spread is $600 (circled). The maximum risk for an option spread is the cost of the spread.

The analysis reveals that if VRTX stock is flat or up at all at expiration the spread will realize a 66.7% return (circled). 

And if VRTX stock decreases 7.5% at option expiration, the option spread would make a 48.3% return (circled). 

Due to option pricing characteristics, this option spread has a ‘built in’ 66.7% profit potential when the trade was identified*.

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. 

The Hughes Optioneering Team is here to help you identify profit opportunities just like this one.

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