Using Options to Buy a Transformed Corning

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Corning (GLW) was known as Corning Glass Works until it changed its name in 1989. Thus, the ticker symbol of GLW that represents the glass works-focused past.

Corning was once known as a maker of ceramic cooking dishes and plates known as "Corning Ware" and "Pyrex." Today, the company has transformed itself to serve the sector known as diversified electronics, manufacturing and producing specialty glass for our modern world of display technologies, optical communications and specialized materials used by the environmental and life sciences fields. In other words, GLW, since being founded in 1851, has shown a remarkable corporate ability to consistently be "in the game."

GLW has a market cap exceeding $26 billion and trades at a price to earnings ratio of 12 times. It should show little to no earnings growth in 2015, according to an analysit consensus. GLW has an excellent balance sheet that shows total cash exceeds total debt by almost $2 billion, so it is basically a debt-free corporation. As interest rates rise, debt-free companies find new buyers. (The reverse is true, too, because stocks with high debt to cash ratios tend to get stock price "haircuts" as rates rise.)

Just last week RBC Capital Markets upped GLW to an outperform, with a target price of $26.

Technically, GLW has a bearishly-biased, one-year stochastic pattern that gets some support by a slightly declining RSI. However, given the choppiness of the general market over this current quarter, that type of chart situation is sort of the norm. In other words, one should be careful leaning on GLW's technical pattern as things can change quickly and dramatically, leaving the chartists scratching heads and making up excuses for being wrong.

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