Here’s a Plan for Bulls and Bears to Trade GOOG Stock Ahead of Earnings

Use limited risk options spreads to profit on GOOG stock…

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Alphabet (NASDAQ:GOOGL, GOOG) Hasn’t had what you could call a banner year. Goog stock has given back all of its year-over-year gains, but when other companies are doing so much worse, it’s a bit of a bright stop.

Here's a Plan for Bulls and Bears to Trade GOOG Stock Ahead of Earnings

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Large-cap tech stocks have shielded shareholders from the brunt of the pain being doled out this year. The so-called FAANG gang have enjoyed rapid-fire recoveries while many small-cap stocks continue to struggle.

Again, Alphabet hasn’t zipped to new record highs like Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) and Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX), it is holding its own ahead of next week’s earnings report. Today we’re taking a fresh look at GOOG stock and offering up two trade ideas for bulls.

You can see the widening gap between tech behemoths and small caps by comparing the Nasdaq-100 and Russell 2000. Consider the following overlay of the PowerShares QQQ Trust (NASDAQ:QQQ) in candlestick form and the iShares Russell 2000 Index (NYSEARCA:IWM) as a line chart.

I was surprised to discover they’ve actually been tracking each other quite well since rebounding off the March lows. QQQ is up 28%, while IWM is up 26%. But it’s the distance from their respective 52-week highs that makes the big difference.

Tech stocks have aggressively clawed their way back and only need to rally another 13% to get back to their peak. In contrast, IWM needs to run another 41% before returning to its January high.

Editor's Note: To keep reading and see how to trade GOOG, click here.

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