Companies Reporting Earnings 
for the
Week Beginning February 11, 2019

What A Great January!  February The Same?    
Profiting From Trading Options!

by Ian Harvey

February 10, 2019


A Quick Review of Last Week’s Market…..

Plenty of volatility for the past week, but, quite flat for the market as a whole; with an early-week rally fading as the trade war re-emerged – or lack thereof - before the March 1 deadline, as well as concerns about the global economy. As well the State of the Union address did little to assuage fears about another government shutdown.

Google parent Alphabet (GOOGL) reported earnings late Monday, but due to growing concerns about rising costs the internet issue had its worst week of 2019.

Thanks to growing oil and gas production and higher prices, supermajor BP plc (NYSE: BP) more than doubled its 2018 earnings, beating expectations to post the highest annual profit in five years. Members make potential profit of 232%.

See the trades recommended for last week.

Snap Inc. (NYSE:SNAP) skyrocketed after a big earnings beat, while rival Twitter Inc. (NYSE:TWTR) got destroyed. Snap Inc. shares traded at the highest level in more than four months Tuesday after the group surprised analysts with a narrower-than-expected fourth-quarter loss as costs came under control and users stuck with its struggling flagship messaging app; and returned potential profits of 254% to our members.

Meanwhile, Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (NASDAQ:TTWO) reported earnings early Wednesday but provided a weaker-than-expected outlook. The stock fell about 14 percent after its revenue report, but was up 4.17 percent at the close Thursday.

Friday saw Cleveland-Cliffs Inc (NYSE: CLF) report earnings early; but even though the company reported a slight miss on both top and bottom line, its stock price soared on robust guidance and an upgrade to productive capacity at the new HBI (hot-briquetted iron) plant. Citigroup also revised its target price on CLF higher to $13 from $10 on the firm’s higher iron ore price estimates. Our members gained 173% potential profit on this news.

Our Armchair Trader Members saw their Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) option calls climb from $5.10 to hit a high for the week of $8.40.

Meanwhile, Cut-To-The-Chase Memberssaw their Turtle Beach Corp (NASDAQ: HEAR) options calls climb from 1.60 to 2.50 – up 56%. As well, Horizon Pharma PLC (NASDAQ: HZNP) option calls climbed from $1.50 to $1.95 during the week – another 30%. Also, Paypal Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:PYPL) calls provided another 34% potential profit.

For the week, the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJI) finished up 0.2% at 25,106.33.

The S&P 500 Index (SPX) was up 0.1% at 2,707.88 for the week.

And the Nasdaq Composite (IXIC) was up 0.39% for the week at 7,298.20.

Moving Ahead…..

Looking at the week ahead, the earnings deluge will continue and inflation reports are also due; and further trade talks in Beijing that could have the biggest impact on markets for the week.

Earnings from names including Cisco Systems, Coca-Cola and Pepsi, as another 60 S&P 500 companies report. Earnings for the fourth quarter have been up about 16 percent.

Earnings to Watch…..


Earnings: Diamond Offshore, CNA Financial, Vornado Realty, RingCentral, Molina Healthcare, FMC, Everest Re, Chegg, Kemper


Earnings: Occidental Petroleum, Akamai, Groupon, Fossil, Activision Blizzard, Lattice Semiconductor, Shipify, PG&E, Molson Coors, Martin Marietta Materials, Dean Foods, TripAdvisor


Earnings: AIG, Cisco Systems, International Flavors and Fragrances, Yelp, Williams Cos, Pioneer Natural Resources, MGM Resorts, Marathon Oil, Charles River Labs, Gannett, Global Payments, Interpublic, Hilton, Hyatt, Applied Materials


Earnings: Coca-Cola, CBS, AstraZeneca, Airbus, Nestle, Ameren, CME Group, Borg Warner, Encana, Duke Energy, TransCanada, Vulcan Materials, GNC Holdings, MGM growth Properties, Sonoco Products, Avon Products, Waste Management, Cognex, TruceCar


Earnings: PepsiCo, Deere, Moody's, VF Corp, Choice Hotels, Moody's, Eni, Allianz, Owens and Minor, Baidu, Yamana Gold, Boyd Gaming, Newell Brands

Economic Data to Watch…..




  • 6 a.m. NFIB survey
  • 10 a.m. JOLTS
  • 2 p.m. Federal Budget
  • 6:30 p.m. Cleveland Fed President Loretta Mester
  • 7:30 p.m. Kansas City Fed President Esther George


  • 8:30 a.m. CPI
  • 8:50 a.m. Atlanta Fed President Raphael Bostic
  • 8:50 a.m. Cleveland Fed President Loretta Mester


  • 8:30 a.m. Initial claims
  • 8:30 a.m. PPI


  • 8:30 a.m. Retail sales
  • 8:30 a.m. Import prices
  • 8:30 a.m. Empire State manufacturing survey
  • 9:15 a.m. Industrial production
  • 10 a.m. Consumer sentiment
  • 10 a.m. Business inventories
  • 4 p.m. TIC data





Options Trades to Consider Based on Expected Earnings Reports:

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Baltimore-based athletic apparel and accessories maker Under Armour Inc. (NYSE:UAA) will report earnings before the market opens. The consensus earnings estimate is $0.04 per share on revenue of $1.38 billion; but the Whisper number is a little higher at $0.05 per share. Consensus estimates are for year-over-year revenue growth of 1.07%.

Under Armour has been quite volatile ride in recent years but shares have risen nearly 50% in the past 12 months, but are still down more than 50% compared to three years ago, so there is plenty of room for growth.

Under Armour undertook impressive store expansion initiatives and e-commerce enhancement endeavors to boost the DTC business. As well, Under Armour's sustained focus on brand development, product innovation and foray into technology-based fitness businesses should be a winner.

Within the $280 billion athletic apparel and footwear market, the company is targeting what it refers to as "focused performers." These are consumers who care deeply about maximizing their athletic and fitness performance.

Under Armour estimates this market to be as large as $92 billion worldwide. This represents a sizable long-term growth opportunity for a business that generated $5.2 billion in revenue over the past year.

Positive factors to drive growth…..

  • ….. Management is now banking on three platforms - HOVR, Charge and Micro G - to boost growth.
  • ….. The acquisitions of MapMyFitness, Endomondo and MyFitnessPal are in tune with the company's strategy of expanding its reach in the fitness space.
  • …..increase its global footprint and market share via store expansion initiatives, and enhancement of the e-commerce platform.
  • …..expand business operations to other parts of the world......

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An Important Note: That these suggestions for options trade considerations require investors/traders to use their own discretion as to when to enter or exit! As well, it is advisable to do further research and due diligence before executing your trade.

It is sometimes best to exit a trade, if there is already sufficient profit accrued, before an earnings report is presented.

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When To Exit A Trade Based On Earnings?.....

It is also worth considering, when options trading earnings reports – “Do we exit on already existing profits or leave the companies to report their earnings and hope for bigger profit?” 

As most traders realize, there is a 50/50 chance that the company stock price could go either way after reporting earnings – even if the report is good, the stock price could reverse – and if you hold a call option, means depletion of an already good profit if it exists. A similar situation can be found if you hold a put option, and a report is not that sound (and you expect a profit from this) but the stock price can, at times move upwards due to traders bias or other external conditions......READ MORE.....

The Decision Is Yours!

Before You Trade Consider This Strategy……

"Trading Capital Management" is a key component of your trading strategy. The strategy, on which we base our trades to achieve maximum profit, and to minimize loss, is contingent on using an equal amount of money for each trade.

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Options traders are not successful because they win.

Options traders win because they are successful.

Best of Trading,
Ian Harvey
Director of Stock Options Made Easy


”Success is simple. Do what's right, the right way, at the right time.”

Option Tip for your Success!
Options traders are not successful because they win.
Options traders win because they are successful.

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