Live: Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017


12/21 – 3:25 p.m. New York time

I placed both an options and shares position on NKE timed to coincide with an earnings announcement. See NKE Analysis and Shares: NKE.

I exited options positions on  BBBY and KMX and shares positions on  ACN and FINL, and also on WGO.

12/21 – 2:25 p.m. New York time

I have entered an options position on NKE. I plan to enter a shares position as well.

12/21 – 12:45 p.m. New York time

I have updated the analyses for BBBY and KMX with results.

12/21 – 10:25 a.m. New York time

I have exited BBBY for a loss.

12/21 – 10:20 a.m. New York time

I have exited KMX for a profit and WGO for a loss.

12/21 – 10:10 a.m. New York time

I have updated ACN and FINL with results.

12/21 – 9:50 a.m. New York time

In today’s agenda, I shall analyze and possibly trade NKE using options as a vehicle. I exited two shares positions, ACN and FINL, profitably. I shall attempt to find a reasonable exit point for WGO, which is in a losing position at present.

A potential shares trade, CAMP, is disqualified for now because of the lack of a clear uptrend. I shall keep an eye on it and place it on the agenda if its metrics improve.

All of the trades mentioned are earnings plays.

12/20 – 11 p.m. New York time

I have one prospect for action on Thursday, an earnings play on NKE using options. Its metrics also work for a shares trade, and I shall analyze for both.

Four other potential shares trades at this point have problems with their metrics: CAMP, SGH and UBA have no expectation of an earnings surprise, CAMP and SGH aren’t trending upward and UBA is trending downward. CTAS is filled with contradictions: A large expectation of a negative earnings surprise but a bull rank from Zacks, and it is in an uptrend.

These could all change by the opening bell on Thursday, and I shall keep an eye on them. However, if nothing changes, I shall remove them from consideration without further analysis.

By Tim Bovee, Portland, Oregon, Dec. 20-21, 2017


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