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IVTrades is a trading strategy that uses Volume, Price Action & our study of Implied Volatility (IV) to trade the market.  What you will find below is a list of Options Picks generated by the system. These are not complex Options trades.  These  are simple directional, volatility driven Options Trades, in other words, just simple Calls & Puts.  The trade ideas on this page are solely for educational purposes and should not be taken as investment advice. 

Option Pick For: Monday, June 12th, 2017

Underlying Stock: Bank Of America Corp (BAC)

Option Contract: June 16, 2017 24.50 Call

Previous Close: 23.67

Trigger Price:23.80

WHY: BAC has been catching bids and the price action is suggesting that we could see some follow through to the upside. 



Option Pick For: Thursday, June 8th, 2017

Underlying Stock: Goldman Sachs Inc (GS)

Option Contract: June 16, 2017 217.50 Call

Previous Close: 215.78

Trigger Price:217.80

WHY: GS has been testing the 200DMA for the last couple sessions & should start to move up now. 


Option Pick For: Thursday, June 1st, 2017

Underlying Stock: NXP Semiconductor (NXPI)

Option Contract: June 16, 2017 110.00 Call

Previous Close: 109.90

Trigger Price: 110.05

WHY: NXPI continues to catch bids as buyout negotiations continue. It should trade higher near term.  


Option Pick For: Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017

Underlying Stock: Burlington Stores Inc (BURL)

Option Contract: June 16, 2017 95.00 Call

Previous Close: 96.07

Trigger Price: 96.55

WHY: BURL seems to have found some support near recent oversold levels and now seems set for a snap back to the upside.  


Option Pick For: Tuesday, May 16th, 2017

Underlying Stock: Workday Inc (WDAY)

Option Contract: June 16, 2017 97.50 Call

Previous Close: 95.72

Trigger Price: 96.05

WHY: WDAY broke higher on volume and range expansion and the price action is suggesting that we could see more upside.  


Option Pick For: Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017

Underlying Stock: Gilead Sciences (GDX)

Option Contract: June 16, 2017 70.00 Put

Previous Close: 68.59

Trigger Price:68.05

WHY: GILD is a little extended to the upside and has hit some resistance near the 69.00 level.  We could see a pull back from here.  


Option Pick For: Monday, May 1st, 2017

Underlying Stock: Van Eck Gold Miners ETF (GDX)

Option Contract: June 16, 2017 22.00 Call

Previous Close: 22.23

Trigger Price: 22.55

WHY: GDX seems to be holding support and could rally over the next few sessions.   


Option Pick For: Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Underlying Stock: Ebay Inc (EBAY)

Option Contract: June 16, 2017 32.00 Call

Previous Close: 32.05

Trigger Price: 32.35

WHY: EBAY is currently oversold and is due for a possible move to the upside.   


Option Pick For: Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Underlying Stock: Advanced Micro Devices (AMD)

Option Contract: May 19, 2017 13.00 Call

Previous Close: 12.79

Trigger Price: 12.90

WHY:  AMD hit oversold levels and popped back up in the last session. It now seems set to make a push higher over the next few sessions.   


Option Pick For: Monday, April 17, 2017

Underlying Stock: Wynn Resorts Ltd  (WYNN)

Option Contract: May 19, 2017 115.00 Call

Previous Close: 113.47

Trigger Price: 115.45

WHY: WYNN has hit oversold levels and could make a move back to the upside over the next session or two. 


Option Pick For: Thursday, April 13, 2017

Underlying Stock: Pepsi Co (PEP)

Option Contract: May 19, 2017 115.00 Call

Previous Close: 113.61

Trigger Price: 113.90

WHY: PEP seems to be breaking higher on decent volume and range expansion and we could see some follow through near term. 


Option Pick For: Wednesday, April 4, 2017

Underlying Stock: Altria Group (MO)

Option Contract: Apr 21, 2017 72.00 Call

Previous Close: 71.95

Trigger Price: 72.05

WHY: MO seems set to make a move back to the upside after hitting oversold levels in the last few sessions. 


Option Pick For: Monday, April 3, 2017

Underlying Stock: Advanced Micro Devices (AMD)

Option Contract: Apr 21, 2017 15.00 Call

Previous Close: 14.55

Trigger Price: 14.80

WHY: AMD saw some range expansion on heavy volume in the last session. This suggests that we could see more upside. 


Option Pick For: Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Underlying Stock: Square Inc (SQ)

Option Contract: Apr 21, 2017 17.00 Call

Previous Close: 17.25

Trigger Price: 17.35

WHY: SQ seems to be gathering momentum near the the 17.30 level and it is possible we could see a follow through to the upside.


Option Pick For: Thursday, March 16, 2017

Underlying Stock: Goldman Sachs Corp (GS)

Option Contract: Apr 21, 2017 245.00 Call

Previous Close: 246.78

Trigger Price: 247.01

WHY: GS is oversold against a key support level and should see a reversal to the upside over the next few sessions. 


Option Pick For: Monday, March 13, 2017

Underlying Stock: Thor Industries (THO)

Option Contract: Apr 21, 2017 100.00 Call

Previous Close: 99.56

Trigger Price: 99.85

WHY: THOR is oversold against a key support level and should see a reversal to the upside over the next few sessions. 


Option Pick For: March 6, 2017

Underlying Stock: Bit Auto Holdings (BITA)

Option Contract: Mar 17, 2017 22.50 Call

Previous Close: 21.75

Trigger Price: 22.25

WHY: BITA is catching bids near a key resistance area and if it can break above it, we are likely to see a quick markup. 


Option Pick For: February 28, 2017

Underlying Stock: Advanced Micro Devices (AMD)

Option Contract: Mar 17, 2017 15.00 Call

Previous Close: 15.20

Trigger Price: 15.45

WHY: AMD is breaking back to the upside on good volume and any break of the 15.45 level should see some follow through. 


Option Pick For: February 27, 2017

Underlying Stock: TripAdvisor Inc (TRIP)

Option Contract: Mar 17, 2017 42.50 Call

Previous Close: 42.62

Trigger Price: 43.00

WHY:  TRIP os at extreme oversold levels at the moment and we are looking for snap back to the upside if it can close above the 43.00 level. 


Option Pick For: February 22, 2017

Underlying Stock: Agnico Eagle Mines Ltd (AEM)

Option Contract: Mar 17, 2017 47.00 Call

Previous Close: 46.61

Trigger Price: 46.90

WHY: EM is hitting oversold levels and could make a move back to the upside if it can clear the 46.90 level. 


Option Pick For: February 15, 2017

Underlying Stock: Kate Spade & Co (KATE)

Option Contract: Mar 17, 2017 20.00 Call

Previous Close: 19.64

Trigger Price: 20.10

WHY:  KATE closed above its 200 DMA on decent volume and now seems set to make a continued move to the upside as it appraches earnings on Feb 23rd. 


Option Pick For: February 13, 2017

Underlying Stock: Texas Instruments (TXN)

Option Contract: Mar 17, 2017 75.00 Call

Previous Close: 75.16

Trigger Price: 75.80

WHY: TXN seems t beholding above support at the 75.00 area and could make a move back to the upside if it can get above 7580 with some volume. 


Option Pick For: February 8, 2017

Underlying Stock: TD Ameritrade Corp. (AMTD)

Option Contract: Mar 17, 2017 42.00 Call

Previous Close: 41.96

Trigger Price: 42.10

WHY:  AMTD is oversold and if it can get back above the 42.10 level, we should see a move back to the upside.


Option Pick For: February 2, 2017

Underlying Stock: Nvidia Corp. (NVDA)

Option Contract: Mar 17, 2017 120.00 Call

Previous Close: 113.95

Trigger Price: 114.20

WHY: NVDA closed the session strong on good volume and the price action is suggesting that momentum is building and we could see a further push to the upside near term.  


Option Pick For: February 1, 2017

Underlying Stock: Celgene Corp. (CELG)

Option Contract: Feb 17, 2017 117.00 Call

Previous Close: 116.15

Trigger Price: 116.60

WHY: CELG made a strong move up with range expansion and decent volume. This price action is suggesting that we could see some continuation. 


Option Pick For: January 30, 2017

Underlying Stock: General Dynamics (GD)

Option Contract: Mar 17, 2017 190.00 Call

Previous Close: 185.14

Trigger Price: 187.80

WHY: GD closed at new highs on heavy volume and the price action is now suggesting that we could see follow through to the upside. 


Option Pick For: January 26, 2017

Underlying Stock: Bristol Myers Inc (BMY)

Option Contract: Mar 17, 2017 50.00 Call

Previous Close: 49.55

Trigger Price: 50.80

WHY: BMY has been oversold for sometime but it now seems set to make a move to the upside. 


Option Pick For: January 24, 2017

Underlying Stock: Tempur-Pedic International Inc (TPX)

Option Contract: Mar 17, 2017 65.00 Call

Previous Close: 64.15

Trigger Price: 64.40

WHY: TPX closed back above its 200DMA on decent volume and the price action is suggesting that we could see some follow through to the upside. 


Option Pick For: January 23, 2017

Underlying Stock: Tucows Inc (TCX)

Option Contract: May 19, 2017 40.00 Call

Previous Close: 43.15

Trigger Price: 43.85

WHY:  TCX has broken to new highs and seems set for possible follow through to the upside. 


Option Pick For: January 18, 2017

Underlying Stock: Hanesbrands Inc (HBI)

Option Contract: February 17, 2017 23.00 Call

Previous Close: 22.86

Trigger Price: 23.05

WHY: HBI had a range expansion and decent volume in the last session. This price action suggests that we are likely to see some follow through.


Option Pick For: January 17, 2017

Underlying Stock: Advanced Micro Devices Inc. (AMD)

Option Contract: January 17, 2017 10.00 Call

Previous Close: 10.58

Trigger Price: 10.80

WHY: AMD hit oversold levels last week and now seems set for a possible reversal to the upside. 


Option Pick For: January 12, 2017

Underlying Stock: Valeant Pharmaceutical Inc. (VRX)

Option Contract: February 17, 2017 15.00 Put

Previous Close: 15.33

Trigger Price: 15.20

WHY: VRX is showing signs of weakness after a recent run up. It is now possible that it could trade lower near term. 


Option Pick For: January 10, 2017

Underlying Stock: Teck Resources (TECK)

Option Contract: February 17, 2017 33.00 Call

Previous Close: 22.41

Trigger Price: 22.50

WHY: TECK closed back above the 20 DMA on decent volume and now seems set to make a push higher. 


Option Pick For: January 9, 2017

Underlying Stock:Kraft Heinz Co. (KHC)

Option Contract: February 17,, 2017 87.50 Call

Previous Close: 86.31

Trigger Price: 86.80

WHY:  KHC is oversold against the 20DMA and may be set for a rebound to the upside.   


Option Pick For: January 6, 2017

Underlying Stock: Amazon Inc. (AMZN)

Option Contract: January 20, 2017 800.00 Call

Previous Close: 780.45

Trigger Price: 781.85

WHY: There is momentum building in AMZN and if it can push through 781.85, we could see a quick move to 800.      


Option Pick For: January 5, 2017

Underlying Stock: McDonalds Corp.  (MCD)

Option Contract: January 20, 2017 120.00 Call

Previous Close: 119.48

Trigger Price: 119.85

WHY: MCD is currently oversold and it seems buyers are starting to step in at this level. It is possible we could see a move to the upside.      


Option Pick For: January 4, 2017

Underlying Stock: Range Resources Inc (RRC)

Option Contract: January 20, 2017 34.00 Put

Previous Close: 32.60

Trigger Price: 31.50

WHY:  RRC is breaking down as downside momentum builds. If it can crack below the 31.50 level we should see slower prices.     


Option Pick For: December 27, 2016

Underlying Stock: Newmont Mining (NEM)

Option Contract: January 20, 2016 33.00 Call

Previous Close: 32.46

Trigger Price: 33.00

WHY: There seems to be some buyers stepping in at the current levels and if it can take out the minor resistance at the 33.00 area, we should see some follow through to the upside.     


Option Pick For: December 22, 2016

Underlying Stock: Monster Beverage Corp (MNST)

Option Contract: January 20, 2016 45.00 Call

Previous Close: 45.37

Trigger Price: 45.85

WHY: MNST broke back above its 20DMA on decent volume and there are signs momentum is building. 


Option Pick For: December 8, 2016

Underlying Stock: American Airlines Group (AAL)

Option Contract: January 20, 2016 48.00 Put

Previous Close: 48.65

Trigger Price: 47.30

WHY: AAL is hitting overbought levels and could see some profit taking near term. 


Option Pick For: December 6, 2016

Underlying Stock: First Solar Inc. (FSLR)

Option Contract: December 16, 2016 32.50 Call

Previous Close: 32.35

Trigger Price: 32.65

WHY: FSLR is gathering momentum just below some minor resistance and could break much higher if it can clear the 32.65 area. 


Option Pick For: December 2, 2016

Underlying Stock: Fastenal Co. (FAST)

Option Contract: January 17, 2017 47.00 Put

Previous Close: 47.49

Trigger Price: 47.10

WHY: FAST is overbought at current levels and is starting to show signs of weakness. If it can get below the 47.10 level, it should pick up momentum to the downside. 


Option Pick For: December 1, 2016

Underlying Stock: Coca Cola Co. (KO)

Option Contract: December 16, 2016 40.00 Put

Previous Close: 40.35

Trigger Price: 40.15

WHY: KO continues to show signs of weakness at this level and if it breaks the 40.15 level we could see a move lower and possible test of the 37.00 area.    


Option Pick For: November 30, 2016

Underlying Stock: JD.com Inc (JD)

Option Contract: December 16, 2016 27.00 Call

Previous Close: 26.85

Trigger Price: 27.05

WHY: JD is building  momentum just below some minor resistance on the daily time frame. If it can break above 27.05 we should see a decent move higher.    


Option Pick For: November 29, 2016

Underlying Stock: Wynn Resorts Ltd (WYNN)

Option Contract: December 16, 2016 102.00 Put

Previous Close: 102.00

Trigger Price: 101.05

WHY: WYNN is currently overbought and is hitting against previous resistance. If it can break back below the 101.05 level we should see a pick up in downside momentum.    



Option Pick For: November 23, 2016

Underlying Stock: Weibo Corporation (WB)

Option Contract: January 20, 2017 49.00 Call

Previous Close: 48.05

Trigger Price: 49.20

WHY:  WB managed to close back above the 20DMA on heavy volume and could be setting up another run to previous highs.   


Option Pick For: November 22, 2016

Underlying Stock: Marathon Oil Corp (MRO) 

Option Contract: January 20, 2017 17.00 Call

Previous Close: 16.48

Trigger Price: 16.90

WHY:  MRO is tapping against resistance near the 16.50-16.80 price level but momentum is building. If it can get above the 16.90 level, we will could see a breakout to the upside.   


Option Pick For: November 21, 2016

Underlying Stock: Colgate Palmolive Co. (CL) 

Option Contract: January 20, 2017 65.00 Call

Previous Close: 65.86

Trigger Price: 66.25

WHY: CL Is oversold and is hitting major support @ the 65.00-65.50 level. If the support holds, and it can get back above the 66.25 level, we should see a quick move back to the upside.   


Option Pick For: November 18, 2016

Underlying Stock: Beazer Homes Inc. (BZH) 

Option Contract: December 16, 2016 12.00 Put

Previous Close: 12.51

Trigger Price: 12.30

WHY: BZH is getting a little overbought at this level and we could see a pull back if it crosses back below the 12.30 level.  


Option Pick For: November 17, 2016

Underlying Stock: Anthem Inc. (ANTM) 

Option Contract: December 16, 2016  135.00 Put

Previous Close: 138.39

Trigger Price: 136.50

WHY: ANTM has hit overbought levels and seems set for a pull back near term once it crosses below the 136.50 level.  


Option Pick For: November 16, 2016

Underlying Stock: XLE Energy ETF (XLE) 

Option Contract: December 16, 2016 72.00 Call

Previous Close: 71.82

Trigger Price: 72.05

WHY: XLE has some momentum building behind it as the energy sector is catching bids and attention. We should see more upside in XLE as it crosses above the 72.05 level.  


Option Pick For: November 15, 2016

Underlying Stock: PayPal  Holdings Inc (PYPL) 

Option Contract: December 16, 2016 39.00 Call

Previous Close: 38.81

Trigger Price: 39.51

WHY: PYPL is currently oversold and it is possible that we could see a rally back towards the 41.00 level if it can get above the 39.51 level.  


Option Pick For: November 14, 2016

Underlying Stock: Lockheed Martin Corp (LMT) 

Option Contract: December 16, 2016 260.00 Call

Previous Close: 259.17

Trigger Price: 260.55

WHY: LMT is regaining some momentum on the weekly time frame and could possibly take out the recent highs if it can get above the 260.55 level


Option Pick For: November 11, 2016

Underlying Stock: Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (GS) 

Option Contract: December 16, 2016 200.00 Put

Previous Close: 200.87

Trigger Price: 199.55

WHY: GS has hit extreme overbought levels and could start to pullback on profit taking. A break below 199.55 should confirm the pull back


Option Pick For: November 10, 2016

Underlying Stock: IBB iShares Nasdaq Biotechnology  ETF. (IBB) 

Option Contract: December 16, 2016 300.00 Call

Previous Close: 284.99

Trigger Price: 287.55

WHY: Biotechs have been oversold for some time and rallied hard in the last session as it became clear that the regulatory threats from a Clinton presidency are now possibly out of the way. It is possible that we could see more upside after a bit of consolidation. 


Option Pick For: November 9, 2016

Underlying Stock: ProShares Ultra VIX FUTURES ETF. (UVXY) 

Option Contract: December 16, 2016 18.00 Call

Previous Close: 14.39

Trigger Price: 17.55

WHY:  Expectations of uncertainty and a bit of instability should stay elevated for a few days which should keep the UVXY elevated as well. 


Option Pick For: November 8, 2016

Underlying Stock: Brocade Communications Systems Inc. (BRCD) 

Option Contract: December 16, 2016 192.00 Put

Previous Close: 12.32

Trigger Price: 12.20

WHY: BRCD hit extreme overbought levels and is now set to see some weakness on profit taking. The move down should accelerate if it can take out the 12.20 area.  


Option Pick For: November 7, 2016

Underlying Stock: ProShares Ultra VIX FUTURES ETF. (UVXY) 

Option Contract: December 16, 2016 19.00 Put

Previous Close: 20.39

Trigger Price: 18.70

WHY: UVXY is responding to the heavy selling and bearish sentiment that is now affecting the broad market. However, it is possible that we will see the volatility taper off and the selling slow down shortly after the election results.


Option Pick For: November 4, 2016

Underlying Stock: Amgen Inc. (AMGN) 

Option Contract: December 16, 2016 135.00 Call

Previous Close: 135.72

Trigger Price: 136.70

WHY:  AMGN is extremely oversold at this level and we are starting to see some signs of price and volume exhaustion.  We could see a relief rally over the next few sessions.


Option Pick For: November 3, 2016

Underlying Stock: Gilead Sciences Inc. (GILD) 

Option Contract: December 16, 2016 72.50 Put

Previous Close: 72.51

Trigger Price: 72.20

WHY: GILD is under pressure and the selling could pick up if it breaks the 72.20 level. 


Option Pick For: November 2, 2016

Underlying Stock: Powershares  Nasdaq ETF. (QQQ) 

Option Contract: December 16, 2016 117.00 Call

Previous Close: 116.11

Trigger Price: 117.20

WHY: The Qs are in deep oversold territory so it is possible that we could see a reversal to the upside near term that will likely test the 118.00 level


Option Pick For: November 1, 2016

Underlying Stock: Johnson Controls Inc. (JCI) 

Option Contract: December 16, 2016 40.00 Call

Trigger Price: 40.55

WHY: JCI is moving up out of oversold levels on increasing volume and is sitting right below some minor resistance at 40.55. If it can break above that level, then we should see some strong follow through over the next week or two. 


Option Pick For: October 31, 2016

Underlying Stock: Apple Inc. (AAPL) 

Option Contract: December 16, 2016 114.00 Call

Trigger Price: 114.25

WHY: AAPL is oversold on the daily time frame and if it can hold the recent minor support  around the 113.00-113.50 level, we should see a move to the upside over the near term. 


Option Pick For: October 31, 2016

Underlying Stock: Alcoa Inc. (AA) 

Option Contract: December 16, 2016 30.00 Put

Trigger Price: 28.05

WHY: AA is currently hitting extreme overbought levels on the Daily time frame and it is possible that we could see a pull back over the next session or two.