Earnings Predictions
for the
Week Beginning October 15, 2018

Another Great Week Coming Up!

by Ian Harvey

October 13, 2018


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

Last week was a “bit of a shocker!”

However, U.S. stocks managed to finish Friday comfortably higher, after the brutal two-day sell-off.

These two disastrous and panic-filled days are outlined in the articles…..

Stock Market Plunges - What To Do Now!


Expect The Market To Recover! New Highs Going Into The New Year!

For the week, the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJI) finished down 4.2% at 25,339.99, its worst weekly performance since late March.

The S&P 500 Index (SPX) was down 4.1% at 2,767.13; and the Nasdaq Composite (IXIC) down 3.7% for the week at 7,496.89. Also, both indexes posted their worst weekly performances since March.

Moving Ahead…..

Volatility will likely continue through the current earnings season, which in some ways is not unfamiliar.

Expectations for this earnings season are high, with the S&P 500 expected to grow earnings by 19 percent.

Many analysts believe that the market still has room to run higher. This appears to be a correction more than something sinister.

There is no flashing red light suggesting a bear market. Economic indicators are still sound with growth above potential in the US, while on financial market indicators, the picture is more blurred but not scary. And U.S. monetary conditions are far from tight with fiscal stimulus still in play. Debt levels look healthy, and there aren't any initial public offerings with excessive valuations.

Based on past history a major bear market requires a recession in the U.S., but that is not happening!


So, we can probably expect the stock market to continue its upward trajectory for the next few months…..read the article “The Stock Market Is Expected To Continue Higher!

Also, "Consumer Confidence To Drive The Stock Market Higher!"

Reviewing the Earnings Predictions from Last Week…..

Considering the week we have just had, our earnings predictions are looking reasonable! If the market continues to recover in the week ahead Helen of Troy Limited (NASDAQ: HELE), Fastenal Company (NASDAQ:FAST) and Citigroup Inc (NYSE: C) should move up again as there is still plenty of time before the options trades expire.


October 09, 2018 HELE NOV 16 2018 130.000 CALL P.P: 60%
October 09, 2018 WFC NOV 16 2018 52.500 PUT P.P: 87%

The Decision Is Yours!

Options Trades to Consider Based on Expected Earnings Reports:

Tuesday, October 16

UnitedHealth Group Inc. (NYSE:UNH) will report earnings before the market opens. UnitedHealth is expected to report earnings of $3.29 a share on sales of $56.4 billion. In the same period a year ago the company posted earnings of $2.66 a share on sales of $50.3 billion. The stock has risen 3.7% since the company last reported earnings on Jul. 17.

UnitedHealth Group is seeing favorable earnings estimate revision activity as of late, which is generally a precursor to earnings beat. In fact, the Most Accurate Estimate for the current quarter is currently at $3.31 per share for UNH, up from $3.29.

Expect consolidated revenues to grow at UnitedHealth Group Inc. Revenue growth at both UnitedHealthcare and Optum segments is expected to aid the company’s third-quarter earnings results, offset by increased expenses due to additional investments and operating costs.

UnitedHealthcare segment is expected to see revenue growth from its Medicare and Retirement sub-segments on the back of higher individual product sales and employer-sponsored group retiree plans. The Consensus Estimate for the segment’s revenues is $44.6 billion, which translates into year-over-year growth of 12.7%.

……..Read the rest of the report to see what options trades we are considering......

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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.

……continue reading this article……

”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.

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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