The Spread Trader: Bull Call Spread On TIBCO Software (TIBX)

| January 30, 2013 | 0 Comments

TIBCO Software (TIBX) was on quite a roll going into 2012.  And for good reason…

TIBCO’s “two-second advantage” gives their customers the ability to capture the right information, at the right time, and act on it preemptively for a competitive advantage.

As their CEO, Vivek Ranadive, puts it…  “A little bit of the right information just a little bit beforehand – whether it is a couple of seconds, minutes, or hours – is more valuable than all of the information in the world six months later.”

Think about it like this…

You’re shopping for a book about baseball on Amazon.  After you find the one you’re looking for – but before you pay – Amazon shows a list of other books people who also bought that book purchased.

They know there’s a good chance one of those books will also catch your attention.  So, you end up buying two books instead of one.  That’s the beauty of predicting your customers’ behavior.  They’re more likely to find something they didn’t even know they wanted before they started shopping.

In the end, it improves their customer’s shopping experience and Amazon makes bigger sales.  And what business doesn’t want happier customers and bigger sales!

As a result, TIBX was able to beat analysts’ estimates 17 quarters in a row!

But the stock hit some turbulence mid-year… That’s when global economic uncertainty really started to cut into estimates for business tech investment.  And things went from bad to worse for TIBX when they fell short of analyst estimates in December.

But here’s the thing…

The explosion of social networking sites like Facebook (FB) and Twitter are generating massive amounts of data.  And that data is being created by customers.

But most businesses aren’t equipped with the right technology to capitalize on that information.  TIBCO’s technology allows businesses to analyze that data in real-time and tailor specific offerings to those customers.

Obviously, monetizing all the data companies collect about their customers strikes at the heart of the biggest challenges most companies face today.  It’s easy to see how this innovative technology is in high demand.  And they’re capturing new clients by the handful.

In fact, the market for TIBX’s technology is stronger than ever.  The reason TIBX came up short last quarter was because the company didn’t execute.  However, I think they will fix these issues and get back to outperforming expectations when they report earnings in March.

This looks like a great opportunity for a bull call spread on TIBX.  This bullish strategy is made by buying one call option and selling another call option with a higher strike price.

Here’s what to do now…

Buy the TIBX May 2013 $26 call for $1.41 and sell the TIBX May 2013 $31 call for $0.25.

Remember, when buying a call spread, the maximum profit is the difference between the strike prices minus the amount paid for the spread.

This trade costs us $116 ($141 – $25) per contract.  Our breakeven on the trade is $27.16.  If TIBX is trading at exactly $27.16 on May 17th, we’ll get our $116 back.

We’ve also limited our risk to our initial $116 investment.  If TIBX is trading below $26 on May 17th, we’ll lose $116.  But no matter how far TIBX falls, we can never lose more than our initial investment.

Now for the good part… profits!

Our maximum profit of $384 comes if TIBX is trading at or above $31 on May 17th.

In other words, we’re risking $116 for a chance to make $384.  According to our tracking system, there’s a 38% chance of this trade making money.  That’s a good risk/reward in my book.

Good Investing,

Corey Williams

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Corey Williams is the editor of Sector ETF Trader, an investment advisory service focused on profiting from ETFs and the economic cycle. Under Corey’s leadership, the Sector ETF Trader has become one of the most popular and successful ETF advisories around. In addition to his groundbreaking service, Corey is the lead contributor to ETF Trading Research, where he shares his insights about ETFs and financial markets on a daily basis. He’s also a regular contributor to the Dynamic Wealth Report and the editor of one the hottest option trading services around – Elite Option Trader.

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