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September 19, 2012  Wed 7:27 AM CT

CBRL: SEE CHART GET CHAIN FIND STRATEGIES

Earnings Beat and Guidance Is Raised

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store earned $1.47 a share on revenue of $700 million. Analysts had only expected $1.30 and $685 million, respectively. Management also raised guidance based on strong comparable sales and new store openings. CBRL climbs 6 percent before the bell on my tradeMONSTER platform.

Bank of America Turns Bullish on Achillion

Achillion Pharmaceuticals got a big vote of confidence from Bank of America today, which upgraded the stock and almost doubled the price target to $13 from $7. The rating went all the way from "underperform" to "buy," based on a view its two-drug treatment for Hepatitis C will be a success. ACHN climbs 12 percent early trading.

Weak Outlook Weighs on Ascena Retail

Ascena Retail reported better-than-expected quarterly results, but the guidance left something to be hoped for. Management sees full-year profit of just $1.45 to $1.55 a share, while the Street was modeling $1.56. ASNA drops 6 percent on the news.

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Sweet Spot Exceptions

As discussed last week, when using the Stock Replacement Strategy to replace a stock position to trade direction, we want to use an option that has very similar characteristics to the stock. We talked about using the deep in-the-money, 80 to 85 delta option that is similar in the Greeks and has relatively little extrinsic value which tends to work against us in stock directional trading.

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