The symbols are the California secure electronic payment company VeriFone System Inc. (PAY) and the Tennessee-based global delivery company FedEx Corp. (FDX).
FDX has a breakout chart, meaning the price has pierced near-term resistance. PAY, although in a near-term uptrend, remains below resistance and so might be in a counter-trend correction.
The companies are comparable in their liquidity, with volume running a bit above 2 million shares a day for each.
The options have comparable, three-figure open interest. They differ, however, in their bid/ask spreads. PAY's front-month at-the-money bid/ask spread is 16%, which breaks my single-digit-spread preference. FDX's is 5%, within my acceptable range.
I'll post an analysis of FDX prior to today's closing bell.
-- Tim Bovee, Portland, Oregon, Oct. 28, 2014
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