Trade Alert: A 100% and 10% Gain

This morning, our protective stop-loss orders on two positions were hit — F5 Networks and Target — handing us nice gains of 100% and 10%.

I also have a trade to manage another position, but first, let’s discuss the gains…

The 100% gain came from the second half of our F5 Networks calls — and in just over a month. Remember, we closed the first half of this position after just three days for a 50% gain. The second half continued to rally, so we adjusted our protective stops higher, allowing us to capture this 100% gain.

If your orders were not hit for any reason, go ahead and close the position now since I will no longer be following the trade.

As for Target, we previously captured a 50% gain on the first half in about a week. We then placed a stop-loss order to protect a 10% gain in the second half — and that order was hit today. The stock’s rally has petered out, so we’ll gladly capture an overall gain of 30% in just two weeks.

Again, if your orders were not filled, go ahead and close them now since I’ll no longer be following the position.

These profits bring us to a string of 14 winners out of 16 trades since we started this beta test … with some gains reaching the triple digits. I’ve been having fun shaping this service with your help, and I hope you have too.

So as always, I would love to hear how these trades panned out for you. What gains were you able to make in F5 Networks and Target — and were you pleased with the process for both trades?

I’d greatly appreciate your feedback, so please email me at

Now, for today’s action…

Preserve Capital in Juniper

Today, we’re also going to adjust our standing stop-loss order on Juniper Networks Inc. (NYSE: JNPR) to trigger at a 36% loss (instead of a 75% loss).
Since we placed that stop-loss order on our calls, the stock has inched upward again. In fact, by sticking with our strategy of using a 75% stop-loss instead of simply jumping out, we’ve nearly cut our possible loss in half.

So let’s go ahead and move that stop-loss order to protect more capital.

To adjust your order, place the stop at $0.50 now, or whatever nets you a 36% loss.

Action to Take
Sell Action to Take
Stock: Juniper Networks Inc. (JNPR)
Option Type: Call Option
Expiration: Dec-16-2016
Strike Price: $27
Option Symbol: JNPR161216C00027000
Action: Sell to Close
Order Type: Stop-Loss Order
Duration: GTC (Good ‘Til Canceled)
Limit Price: $0.50
Trade Deadline: Keep this order open until it is filled or canceled.

That’s all for today.

Until next time, good trading…

Jeff Opdyke
Editor, Earnings Drift Alert