Technology Stocks have been on a tear in early 2012 and have had a great run over the past few years…I am following a number of Tech stocks and several of these will be in focus over the next few months on Optionshoney.com. Dell is sinking over 6% today after an unfavorable quarterly earnings report and alot of selling among investors today. Apple hit an all time high of $526 a share last week and has been an absolutely amazing stock to own over the past several years.
What stock is going to pop next?! Well, I have several on the radar and reiterate how options trading takes alot of precise timing and patience before we make a trade. Many stocks will pop, but our timing is key to benefit from big moves in a stock…
So what is the options play?!
I am a big fan of Sunnyvale, CA based Juniper Networks (JNPR) and think the stock could trade into the mid 30s in 2012. A quick bio on Juniper Networks (JNPR) courtesy of Yahoo Finance: Juniper Networks, Inc. designs, develops, and sells products and services that provide network infrastructure to create environments for the deployment of services and applications over a single network. The companys Infrastructure segment primarily provides scalable routing and switching products that control and direct network traffic. Its products include Internet protocol (IP) routing and carrier Ethernet routing portfolio, and Ethernet switching portfolio comprising T-series, E-series, MX-series, VXA Series, and EX-series, as well as JCS, TX, and TX plus products. The companys SLT segment offers firewall virtual private network systems and appliances, SRX services gateways, secure socket layer virtual private network appliances, intrusion detection and prevention appliances, the J-series router product family, and wide area network optimization platforms. Its products protect the network and data on the network, enhances existing bandwidth, and accelerates applications. In addition, the company provides Junos platform comprising the Junos Space network application platform and Junos Pulse integrated, multi-service network client, which enables its customers to expand network software into application space and deploy software clients to control delivery, as well as offers support, professional, and educational services. It sells its products and services through direct sales force, distributors, value-added resellers, and original equipment manufacturer partners to wireline, wireless, and cable operators; Internet content and application providers; businesses; federal, state, and local governments; and research and education institutions. Juniper Networks, Inc. was founded in 1996 and is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California.
Forbes is reporting today on Juniper’s acquisition of Mykonos Software: Juniper Buys Mykonos Software For $80 Million In Cashat Forbes(Wed 9:35AM EST)
Trade#1: I like the JNPR Mar 16, 2012 $24 strike Call Options for .95 cents a contract. I can purchase 10 contracts for $950 plus trading fees and that will get me long 1000 shares of JNPR at $24 per share. This trade is speculating on a 10% move to the upside in JNPR shares over the next 3 weeks. If shares trade $26, we will double our money at a minimum…Attached is the March 16, 2012 expiration Options Chains for JNPR courtesy of Yahoo Finance: http://finance.yahoo.com/q/op?s=JNPR+Options.
Trade#2: I like buying some longer term Call Options on JNPR and would be a buyer of the JNPR July 20, 2012 $23 strike Call Options for $2.90 a contract. I can purchase 10 contracts for $2,900 plus trading fees as a means to get long 1000 shares of JNPR stock at a strike price of $23 per share. Attached is the JNPR July 20, 2012 Expiration Options Chains courtesy of Yahoo Finance:http://finance.yahoo.com/q/op?s=JNPR&m=2012-07. I am looking for JNPR shares to trade $30 or higher before the expiration of these contracts. If the stock trades over $30 per share in the next few months, my 10 contracts would be worth over $7,000. Good luck to all of JNPR Bulls!! I would also be a buyer of the stock at $24 or less per share. I strongly believe that Juniper will be a great stock over the next couple of years and will significantly outperform the major market indexes. Additionally, Juniper is a potential acquisition target for a much larger Technology company. I believe that a takeover of Juniper would be at a substantial premium to where the stock is trading at today. Currently, JNPR is trading at $24.19 and is up over 1.75% today (11:19 a.m. Eastern time)…
See below a 3 month technical chart on Juniper Networks(JNPR) courtesy of Fidelity: