Momentum Ideas: 20 Stocks on a Rally with Bullish Options Sentiment

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Looking to jump on the wings of a stock’s momentum? If so, you’ll appreciate this list.

Here we present 20 stocks that are rallying above their 20-day, 50-day, and 200-day moving averages. These stocks have also seen large drops in their put/call ratios within the last ten trading days, indicating bullish sentiment from options traders.

Do you think these names deserve this positive attention? Use this list as a starting-off point for your own analysis.

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List sorted by the change in the Put/Call ratio.

1. AEGON N.V. (AEG): Life Insurance Industry. Market cap of $13.72B. The stock is currently 2.62% above its 20-day moving average, 4.58% above its 50-day MA, and 20.85% above its 200-day MA. Put/Call ratio has decreased 79.49% over the last ten trading days (from 0.78 to 0.16). This is a risky stock that is significantly more volatile than the overall market (beta = 2.19). The stock has had a couple of great days, gaining 10.61% over the last week. (View investor sentiment on AEG)

2. CR Bard Inc. (BCR): Medical Instruments & Supplies Industry. Market cap of $9.01B. The stock is currently 4.54% above its 20-day moving average, 7.58% above its 50-day MA, and 20.20% above its 200-day MA. Put/Call ratio has decreased 66.41% over the last ten trading days (from 1.28 to 0.43). BCR has a relatively low correlation to the market (beta = 0.32), which may be appealing to risk-averse investors. The stock is a short squeeze candidate, with a short float at 9.32% (equivalent to 11.6 days of average volume). The stock has gained 21.31% over the last year. (View investor sentiment on BCR)

3. Fresenius Medical Care AG & Co. KGAA (FMS): Specialized Health Services Industry. Market cap of $23.13B. The stock is currently 8.27% above its 20-day moving average, 13.60% above its 50-day MA, and 27.38% above its 200-day MA. Put/Call ratio has decreased 63.64% over the last ten trading days (from 0.11 to 0.04). FMS has a relatively low correlation to the market (beta = 0.54), which may be appealing to risk-averse investors. The stock is exhibiting strong upside momentum--currently trading 8.27% above its SMA20, 13.6% above its SMA50, and 27.38% above its SMA200. The stock has had a good month, gaining 14.09%. (View investor sentiment on FMS)

4. News Corp. (NWSA): Entertainment - Diversified Industry. Market cap of $46.59B. The stock is currently 3.57% above its 20-day moving average, 5.23% above its 50-day MA, and 21.80% above its 200-day MA. Put/Call ratio has decreased 63.35% over the last ten trading days (from 1.91 to 0.7). The stock has had a couple of great days, gaining 5.22% over the last week.

5. General Growth Properties Inc. (GGP): REIT - Retail Industry. Market cap of $15.76B. The stock is currently 8.61% above its 20-day moving average, 9.72% above its 50-day MA, and 21.18% above its 200-day MA. Put/Call ratio has decreased 60.61% over the last ten trading days (from 0.99 to 0.39). The stock has had a couple of great days, gaining 6.31% over the last week.

6. Shire plc (SHPGY): Drug Manufacturers - Other Industry. Market cap of $17.73B. The stock is currently 1.85% above its 20-day moving average, 5.35% above its 50-day MA, and 22.45% above its 200-day MA. Put/Call ratio has decreased 59.12% over the last ten trading days (from 1.81 to 0.74). The stock has gained 42.08% over the last year.

7. Time Warner Cable Inc. (TWC): CATV Systems Industry. Market cap of $25.62B. The stock is currently 4.74% above its 20-day moving average, 7.18% above its 50-day MA, and 22.40% above its 200-day MA. Put/Call ratio has decreased 54.29% over the last ten trading days (from 0.35 to 0.16). Risk-averse investors may appreciate that TWC has a relatively low correlation to the market (beta = 0.7). The stock has gained 45.92% over the last year.

8. Sara Lee Corp. (SLE): Processed & Packaged Goods Industry. Market cap of $12.0B. The stock is currently 4.20% above its 20-day moving average, 8.83% above its 50-day MA, and 20.71% above its 200-day MA. Put/Call ratio has decreased 44.07% over the last ten trading days (from 0.59 to 0.33). The stock has gained 42.92% over the last year.

9. St. Jude Medical Inc. (STJ): Medical Appliances & Equipment Industry. Market cap of $17.41B. The stock is currently 2.55% above its 20-day moving average, 7.08% above its 50-day MA, and 28.22% above its 200-day MA. Put/Call ratio has decreased 42.86% over the last ten trading days (from 0.84 to 0.48). STJ has a relatively low correlation to the market (beta = 0.68), which may be appealing to risk-averse investors. The stock has gained 31.96% over the last year.

10. Illumina Inc. (ILMN): Biotechnology Industry. Market cap of $9.04B. The stock is currently 3.81% above its 20-day moving average, 5.67% above its 50-day MA, and 22.30% above its 200-day MA. Put/Call ratio has decreased 40.28% over the last ten trading days (from 0.72 to 0.43). ILMN has a relatively low correlation to the market (beta = 0.5), which may be appealing to risk-averse investors. The stock is a short squeeze candidate, with a short float at 16.19% (equivalent to 10.27 days of average volume). The stock has had a couple of great days, gaining 5.56% over the last week.

11. Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. (CHKP): Security Software & Services Industry. Market cap of $13.24B. The stock is currently 4.88% above its 20-day moving average, 8.85% above its 50-day MA, and 27.98% above its 200-day MA. Put/Call ratio has decreased 39.71% over the last ten trading days (from 0.68 to 0.41). This is a risky stock that is significantly more volatile than the overall market (beta = 2.54). The stock has gained 52.2% over the last year.

12. Western Digital Corp. (WDC):
Data Storage Devices Industry. Market cap of $9.23B. The stock is currently 3.89% above its 20-day moving average, 13.17% above its 50-day MA, and 26.22% above its 200-day MA. Put/Call ratio has decreased 39.05% over the last ten trading days (from 1.05 to 0.64). The stock has lost 6.78% over the last year.

13. Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc. (VRX): Drug Delivery Industry. Market cap of $15.41B. The stock is currently 0.15% above its 20-day moving average, 15.52% above its 50-day MA, and 63.75% above its 200-day MA. Put/Call ratio has decreased 33.33% over the last ten trading days (from 0.51 to 0.34). The stock has a relatively low correlation to the market (beta = 0.76), which may be appealing to risk-averse investors. The stock has had a good month, gaining 17.78%.

14. Autodesk, Inc. (ADSK): Technical & System Software Industry. Market cap of $10.28B. The stock is currently 3.17% above its 20-day moving average, 6.58% above its 50-day MA, and 23.39% above its 200-day MA. Put/Call ratio has decreased 32.35% over the last ten trading days (from 0.68 to 0.46). This is a risky stock that is significantly more volatile than the overall market (beta = 2.11). The stock has had a couple of great days, gaining 6.32% over the last week.

15. Accenture plc (ACN): Management Services Industry. Market cap of $40.66B. The stock is currently 3.03% above its 20-day moving average, 7.58% above its 50-day MA, and 23.52% above its 200-day MA. Put/Call ratio has decreased 30.00% over the last ten trading days (from 0.8 to 0.56). The stock has a relatively low correlation to the market (beta = 0.78), which may be appealing to risk-averse investors. The stock has gained 33.06% over the last year.

16. EMC Corporation (EMC): Data Storage Devices Industry. Market cap of $58.07B. The stock is currently 5.41% above its 20-day moving average, 5.87% above its 50-day MA, and 23.74% above its 200-day MA. Put/Call ratio has decreased 29.41% over the last ten trading days (from 0.68 to 0.48). The stock has had a couple of great days, gaining 5.35% over the last week.

17. Chesapeake Energy Corporation (CHK):
Independent Oil & Gas Industry. Market cap of $21.78B. The stock is currently 0.39% above its 20-day moving average, 0.20% above its 50-day MA, and 28.89% above its 200-day MA. Put/Call ratio has decreased 28.24% over the last ten trading days (from 0.85 to 0.61). The stock has gained 41.3% over the last year.

18. Marathon Oil Corporation (MRO):
Oil & Gas Refining & Marketing Industry. Market cap of $37.42B. The stock is currently 0.48% above its 20-day moving average, 3.18% above its 50-day MA, and 34.25% above its 200-day MA. Put/Call ratio has decreased 26.15% over the last ten trading days (from 0.65 to 0.48). The stock has gained 68.18% over the last year.

19. Sasol Ltd. (SSL): Major Integrated Oil & Gas Industry. Market cap of $37.12B. The stock is currently 0.47% above its 20-day moving average, 4.62% above its 50-day MA, and 21.22% above its 200-day MA. Put/Call ratio has decreased 24.14% over the last ten trading days (from 0.29 to 0.22). The stock has had a couple of great days, gaining 6.73% over the last week.

20. Dish Network Corp. (DISH): CATV Systems Industry. Market cap of $10.90B. The stock is currently 3.15% above its 20-day moving average, 4.44% above its 50-day MA, and 20.00% above its 200-day MA. Put/Call ratio has decreased 23.53% over the last ten trading days (from 0.51 to 0.39). The stock has gained 13.07% over the last year.

Options data sourced from Schaeffer’s, all other data sourced from Finviz. Data gathered on April 28th.



The views and opinions expressed herein are the views and opinions of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of The NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc.



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