Research in Motion (RIMM) and Apple (APPL) seem to be dominating the handset space as both companies are at 52 week highs today while competing makers Nokia (NOK) and Motorola (MOT) are at new 52 week lows. RIMM is rallying prior to their earnings to be announced on June 25th while Apple has a new iPhone ready to be released the second week of July.
RIMM will announce their earnings on June 25th after the close of the markets. They are expected to earn 85 cents on $2.3 billion in revenue. In the four most recent quarters the company has beaten or matched earnings expectations. Analysts have been slow to upgrade their expectations in the current quarter although they feel good about 2009 being a strong year for the Blackberry maker.
With the stock reaching a brand new 52 week high at $147.75 near the close of the day yesterday, RIMM looks like a stock that could knock the cover off their earnings. But there’s no sign of a big gap in the June options trading as much of the volume is near the stock price at 145 and 150 on both the Call and the Put side.
You could buy the stock heading into the earnings and sell a day before and wait to see what the numbers come in at. This is a safe way to avoid a disappointment but still make a little on the expectation of a nice quarter. If the quarter does come in above expectations and the company is positive about the next upcoming quarters, you could buy back in for some additional appreciation.