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Dykstra's Deep-in-the-Money Calls: Garmin

Updated from 07:41 a.m. EDT

The season's still early, but I'm batting 1.000 and hoping to keep the rally alive.

The market wasn't as lucky yesterday, turning in a losing session as stocks retreated following Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke's testimony on Capital Hill that a recession is possible.

Many economists have already made that prediction, but the statement holds more weight coming from Bernanke. Specifically, the Fed Chairman said the gross domestic product will not grow much, or at all, during the first half of the year, and he said it may even contract a little.

However, he reiterated that the Fed anticipates the economy will gain strength during the last two quarters of the year. That's because of a combination of low interest rates and the tax rebates scheduled for later in the year. He also said he expects growth next year. Remember, it's a long season and all that matters in the end is the final score.

Today I am hoping to set the table for another win by picking up some Deep-in-the-Money calls in Garmin (GRMN - Get Report). The company is the world's biggest maker of GPS, or global positioning systems, which is a satellite technology that helps identify the current location of someone or something. It also helps drivers with directions from one location to the next. Garmin makes GPS models for boats, cars and airplanes.

The company announced deals with Google (GOOG - Get Report) and MapQuest on Monday to allow users to send information found on those Web sites directly to their GPS units. Garmin, along with other GPS makers, have faced growing competition from mobile phones, which are increasingly adding new features, such as GPS. Garmin will be releasing a mobile phone later this year and the recently announced deals should help Garmin gain ground for some key technical levels.

The stock is currently trading near its 52-week low of $52.18. Wednesday's low was $54.50 and the stock closed at $56.41. Those figures are well off the $125.68 it reached at the end of October. However, don't count Garmin out just yet. The stock is still a good play. ValuEngine has Garmin rates as a strong buy and has assigned a fair value of about $93.

Today I will place a limit order at $21.90 to buy 10 October 35.00 (GQRJG) calls.

Always remember: Life is a journey, enjoy the ride!

Know What You Own: GRMN operates in the technical instrument industry within the technology sector, and some of the other stocks in its field include Thermo Fisher Scientific (TMO - Get Report), Agilent Technologies (A - Get Report), SunPower (SPWR - Get Report) and Applera Corp-Applied Biosystems (ABI). These stocks were recently trading at $58.28, -0.58%, $31.23, 0.00%, $83.57, +2.15% and $33.24, -1.16% respectively. For more on the value of knowing what you own, visit's Investing A-to-Z section.
At the time of publication, Dykstra was long GRMN.

Nicknamed 'Nails' for his tough style of play, Lenny is a former Major League Baseball player for the 1986 World Champions, New York Mets and the 1993 National League Champions, Philadelphia Phillies. A three time All-Star as a ballplayer, Lenny now serves as president for several privately held businesses in Southern California. He is the founder of The Players Club; it has been his desire to give back to the sport that gave him early successes in life by teaching athletes how to invest and protect their incomes. He currently manages his own portfolio and writes an investment strategy column for, and is featured regularly on CNBC and other cable news shows. Lenny was selected as OverTime Magazine's 2006-2007 "Entrepreneur of the Year."

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