The Best Two Stocks to Trade This Month

Last week, I showed you the two sectors that have made consistent, positive gains between January 1 and January 19.

But while that’s good to know, it’s not everything…

And that’s exactly why I’m going to reveal the two companies that could hand you the most lucrative opportunities this month.

Now let’s get started…

How the Straddle and Strangle Strategies Can Lead to Profits This Season

Since the start of the 20th century, data suggests that small-cap stocks are more prone to a “January Effect” than mid or large caps. I also found that this shift usually happened around the middle of the month.

If we’re looking for a bullish pattern to play around the so-called “January Effect,” it’s definitely not during the first five trading days of the year – or even during the first ten.

There’s something else going on…

As I mentioned, the XLV: Health Care Select Sector SPDR ETF and the XLB: Materials Select Sector SPDR ETF are the only two ETFs in the S&P 500 that are providing majority bullish returns on investment (ROI). But that’s not the full story. We need to know which companies to play in each of these ETFs.

We want to look for the stock in each fund that carries the most “weight,” the company with the most gravity. After all, it’s usually the case that as the biggest stock goes so too does the entire ETF.

So, in that case, we’re looking at Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) in XLV: Health Care and DowDuPont, Inc. (DWDP) in XLB: Materials.

Currently, Johnson & Johnson is trading at or near its all-time highs (see chart below).


And, not to be outdone, DowDuPont is also trading at its highs (see chart below).


Although there is data to support the January Effect pattern theory in a general sense, I don’t think this is it.

Not only are both companies large-caps, the data also show that they continue their upward momentum long after the first five trading days of January. So there’s another correlation going on here – another “effect” that we need to keep an eye on.

Beginning January 15 and lasting until the end of February, there are about 50 S&P 500 companies releasing their fourth-quarter 2017 earnings results every single week. And two companies reporting right in-between that range are – you guessed it – Johnson & Johnson and DowDuPont…

This is the real “effect” in January that we need to pay attention to because it will lead to major profits. This is what’s called the “Earnings Effect.”

In fact, my colleague Chris Johnson is tracking countless opportunities as we’re right on the heels of earnings season… And you could make some serious cash on these trades. In fact, he tracks them on a unique timetable that shows you right down to the day, the hour, and sometimes even the minute, when these price eruptions are set to explode. It’s the most unique profit map ever created for timing gains like 198%, 225%, and 151% in seven days or less. Click here to find out how it works.

As companies begin to report their numbers from the last quarter of 2017, the results will dictate whether these current sky-high market prices and valuations are justified. We’re falling right into the old investing adage of “buying the rumor and selling the news.” And the data have shown that the Earnings Effect has definitely been coming into play in January for the last ten years.

How these companies report will speak volumes about the current valuations.

But that also speaks to the risk in trading options through earnings season. A company could get great press leading into its earnings report (the rumor), but then report worse earnings than expected (the news), which generally causes a stock to tank.

Or, a company could get horrible press leading up to its report, then wind up beating expectations.

So far this season, financial news networks have expressed confidence that, in general, companies will beat their earnings expectations by a larger margin than usual.

Johnson & Johnson and DowDuPont are no different. Historically, their value should increase this month. And analysts’ expectations are positive. But that’s still no guarantee, so we need to be smart about how we play the market at this time.

And the best way to do that this earnings season is with the straddle and strangle.

  1. Straddle

What it is: An options trading strategy that dictates buying an at-the-money (ATM) call and an ATM put with the same strike prices and expiration dates – at the same time, on the same order ticket.

When to use: During high market volatility and during earnings season.

How we profit: When the stock (or other underlying security) moves either up or down.

Maximum risk: The cost of both options – call and put.

Maximum reward: Unlimited.

Pre-report straddle strategy: Exit before earnings report comes out.

Post-report straddle strategy: Exit within a few days after the report comes out.

  1. Strangle

What it is: This is similar to a straddle, but there’s less upfront cost. With this strategy, you buy an out-of-the-money (OTM) put at a lower strike price than the OTM call that you buy, but with the same expiration dates – at the same time, on the same order ticket.

When to use: During high market volatility.

How we profit: When the stock (or other underlying security) moves either up or down.

Maximum risk: The cost of both options – put and call.

Maximum reward: Unlimited.

With these strategies, we’re able to “buy and sell” both the news and the rumors on the companies that will be reporting their 2017 fourth-quarter earnings results within the next few weeks. As I mentioned, Johnson & Johnson and DowDuPont seem like the best cases as they’ve led their respective sectors in positive gains every year for ten years during this period. And with the straddle and strangle methods, you get to nearly maximize your profits while significantly lowering your risk.

As we get closer into the thick of earnings season next week, the market should remain bullish as continued optimism pushes valuations and equity prices higher.

For now, I’m going to be more bullish than bearish for the remainder of January as both the Earnings Effect and my Money Calendar support the outlook.

And with the straddle and strangle strategies, we’re able to protect ourselves on both sides of any options trades.

To your continued success,

Tom Gentile

America’s #1 Pattern Trader

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4 Responses to “The Best Two Stocks to Trade This Month”

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