Dear Momentum Options Subscriber,

Shares of Zillow (Z, $32.08, up $1.75) are surging today following the company’s $130 million settlement with News Corp’s Move Inc. and the National Association of Realtors. The two-year-long legal battle over trade secrets could have cost the company nearly $2 billion in damages. The fact that the company won’t have to pay the 90%+ difference between these two figures was a huge windfall, and it puts the issue to rest.

I noticed the $1 pop and push past $30 yesterday on no specific news, and I was planning to do the research and chart work on the move this morning. As you can see, shares had been in a tight trading range for over a month, but today’s run to $33.25 should get the 52-week high of $33.62 in play.


While it would have been a risky trade to go in blind, the Z June 30 calls (Z160617C00030000, $2.55, up $1.25) have nearly doubled after opening at $3 and reaching a peak of $3.29.

The Z July 30 calls (Z160715C00030000, $3.20, up $1.15) have soared over 55% and have traded to a high of $3.60.

At this point, I don’t want to chase these options, but I’m keeping shares on my watch list along with longer-term, out-of-the-money call options to possibly trade a breakout to fresh 52-week peaks.

As far as the market goes this afternoon, higher highs are in play, but the follow-through needs to hold into the close. The Dow is advancing 65 points to 17,985, while the S&P 500 is up 7 points to 2,116. The Nasdaq is higher by a point to 4,969, and the Russell 2000 is 3 points higher at 1,180.

I’m working on a possible New Trade in Microsoft (MSFT) right now, which I hope to have ready shortly. Stay locked and loaded into the close in case I decide to take action.

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Closed Momentum Options Trades for 2016: 45-14 (76%). All trades are dated so new subscribers can look at the past history to see how the trades have played out.

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All prices given in this update are current as of 12:05 p.m. EST.

I hereby disclose that I will be participating in the following trade(s).


Tailored Brands (TLRD, $15.26, up $0.62)

TLRD July 15 calls (TLRD160715C00015000, $1.35, up $0.05)

Entry Price: $1.17 (6/3/2016)

Exit Target: $2.35

Return: 15%

Stop Target: None

Action: Near-term resistance is at $15 and the 100-day moving average. Support has moved up to $14.50-$14.25.


Inovio Pharmaceuticals (INO, $11.23, down $0.10)

INO July 12 calls (INO160715C00012000, $0.60, flat)

Entry Price: $0.80 (6/1/2016)

Exit Target: $1.60

Return: -25%

Stop Target: None

Action: Resistance is at $11.75-$12. Support is at $11.50-$11.

You can read my extended write-ups on INO in the April 4 Pre-Market Update and the Feb. 1 Pre-Market Update.


PowerShares QQQ ETF (QQQ, $110.43, down $0.03)

QQQ July 112 calls (QQQ160715C00112000, $0.99, down $0.05)

Entry Price: $1.15 (5/31/2016)

Exit Target: $2.30

Return: -14%

Stop Target: $0.55 (Stop Limit)

Action: Monday’s high reached $110.75. Resistance is at $111.50-$112. Support is at $108.50-$108.

Trade on!

Rick Rouse
Editor and Chief Options Strategist
Momentum Options