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) -- Our strategic mindset for


(CSCO) - Get Cisco Systems Inc. Report


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is currently market neutral.


: Our target is CSCO trading at $19.56. If you want to learn more about this target and the tactic we've employed in addition to watching Top Gun Traders manage skill-based virtual portfolios live in the market, check out our free Trading Flight School by registering here:




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Commit Criteria

: Implied volatility should increase as CSCO approaches its earnings announcement on Feb. 8. We will attempt to ride this increase with a strangle on the March expiration options. Here's a look at our proprietary earnings and trade tool:


: Opening 50 CSCO Mar 2012 19/20 Strangle @ $1.30 Debit

Tactical employment


Buying to Open 50 CSCO Mar 2012 19 Puts

Buying to Open 50 CSCO Mar 2012 20 Calls

As a Strangle

For a net debit of $1.30 (50 @ $130 for a total of $6500.00)

Maximum Gain: Unlimited

Maximum Loss: $6500.00 max

Mid-Course Guidance

: We will be watching for IV changes and major price movements in CSCO as we get closer to the earnings announcement on 2/7.Profitability Target: We would like this trade to go up 25% to a position price of $1.63.

Exit tactics

: Stop Loss of 15% with a position price of $1.11; profit target of 25% with a position price of $1.63.

Firing Line

: We will not hold this position in the Advanced Model Portfolio over the earnings announcement. In all cases exit before the end of trading on Feb. 7.

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