Betting on an Insurance Giant and Booking Two Double-Digit Option Gains

Nicholas Vardy

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The U.S. stock market continued its slow, but steady, “melt up”, as both the S&P 500 and Nasdaq broke out to new highs last week.

Overall, your Momentum Trader Alert portfolio fared much better than the broader market, with at least six positions gaining more than 2%. This week’s recommendation, insurance giant Progressive Corporation (PGR), is yet another large-cap stock with strong momentum.

The Progressive Corporation, through its subsidiaries, provides personal and commercial property-casualty insurance, as well as other specialty property-casualty insurance and related services primarily in the United States. The company sells its products and services through independent insurance agencies, as well as directly on the Internet, through mobile devices and over the phone.

The company was founded in 1937 and is headquartered in Mayfield Village, Ohio. The chart below compares its share-price performance to the S&P 500.

Progressive Corporation (PGR) versus the S&P 500 year to date.

Momentum Trader Alert Analysis


Buy The Progressive Corporation (PGR) at market today and place your stop at $43.50.

If you want to play the options, I recommend the PGR November $46 calls (PGR171117C00046000), which last traded at $1.85 and expire on Nov. 17.

Portfolio Update

With the stock market rallying to new highs, it’s time to both take and lock in some profits.

Sell half of your Weight Watchers International (WTW) August $33 calls (WTW170818C00033000), which last traded at $5.89, for a 90.00% gain.

Sell half of your Mastercard (MA) September $120 calls (MA170915C00120000), which last traded at $9.97, for a 68.98% gain

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Raise your stop in Weight Watchers International (WTW) to $36.25 to lock in at least a 10% gain.

Raise your stop in MasterCard Inc. (MA) to $127 to lock in at least a 10% gain.

Raise your stop in Constellation Brands (STZ) to $196.50 to lock in at least a 10% gain.

Raise your stop in Ferrari N.V. (RACE) to $99.20 to lock in at least a 10% gain.


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