The Best Stocks to Trade in December

It seems like I just took down my Christmas tree from last year, and now the holidays are upon us once again - which means some great profit opportunities are here as well.

A lot of investors will hunt for trades in retail and transportation. The holiday season is traditionally good for those sectors. But that's not the full story of where you can get the biggest opportunities.

When you look closer at how stocks actually trade in December, you'll see the most consistent performers during the holidays are not always who you'd expect.

That's why I use stocks' historical patterns to uncover the best potential winners. History tends to repeat, particularly when it produces the same result consistently over longer periods. It's your best guide to predicting the future movement of stocks.

Today I'll show you seven stocks with 100% historical accuracy. That means that if history repeats yet again, these trades can drop profits into your pockets for the holidays...

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Five Bullish Holiday Stocks to Trade This December

Let's start with the bullish pattern stocks...

  1. Alphabet Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOGL)

Also known as "Google," Alphabet is a world-leading multinational technology company specializing in Internet-related services and products. You've heard of Google, of course. But what you may not know is that it has been consistently bullish the 14 trading days before Christmas through the day after Christmas over the past 10 years.

Average return on investment (ROI): 3.19%
Entry Date: 12/5/19
Exit Date: 12/26/19

  1. Terex Corp. (NYSE: TEX)

Terex is an American worldwide manufacturer of lifting and material handling solutions for a variety of industries, including construction, infrastructure, quarrying, recycling, energy, mining, shipping, transportation, refining, and utilities. It has consistently risen an average of 4.85% over the past 10 years from four days before to five days after Christmas.

Average ROI: 4.85%
Entry Date: 12/19/19
Exit Date: 1/2/20

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  1. Dave & Buster's Entertainment Inc. (NASDAQ: PLAY)

Dave & Buster's is an American restaurant and entertainment business headquartered in Dallas, Texas. Each Dave & Buster's location has a full-service restaurant and a video arcade. As of November 2019, the company has 135 locations in the United States and Canada. Over the past five years, it has consistently risen an average of 6.81% from seven days before to one day after Christmas.

Average ROI: 6.81%
Entry Date: 12/16/19
Exit Date: 12/26/19

  1. Boeing Co. (NYSE: BA)

Based in Seattle, Wash., Boeing is an American multinational corporation that designs, manufactures, and sells airplanes, rotorcraft, rockets, satellites, telecommunications equipment, and missiles worldwide. Over the past 10 years, it has consistently risen an average of 1.94% from four days before to five days after Christmas.

Average ROI: 1.94%
Entry Date: 12/19/19
Exit Date: 1/2/20

  1. GrubHub Inc. (NASDAQ: GRUB)

GrubHub is the nation's leading online and mobile food-ordering and delivery marketplace dedicated to connecting hungry diners with local takeout restaurants. The company's online and mobile ordering platforms allow diners to order from more than 140,000 takeout restaurants in over 2,700 U.S. cities as well as London. Over the past five years, it has consistently risen an average of 3.79% from 14 days before to two days after Christmas.

Average ROI: 3.79%
Entry Date: 12/5/19
Exit Date: 12/27/19

Let's Not Forget the Bearish Holiday Stocks

Now, the holiday season doesn't just produce consistently bullish stocks. The following two stocks have consistently dropped during the holiday season...

  1. Facebook Inc. (NYSE: FB)

You may already know everything about Facebook, a global social media and social networking giant based in Menlo Park, Calif. But over the past five years, the stock has consistently dropped an average of 1.95% from three days before to four days after Christmas.

Average ROI: 1.95%
Entry Date: 12/20/19
Exit Date: 12/27/19

  1. Alibaba Holding Group Ltd. (NYSE: BABA)

Chinese juggernaut Alibaba is the world's largest online commerce company. Its three main sites, Taobao, Tmall, and Alibaba.com, have hundreds of millions of users and host millions of merchants and businesses. Alibaba handles more business than any other e-commerce company. Yet over the past five years, it has consistently dropped an average of 7.31% from 18 days before to one day after Christmas.

Average ROI: 7.31%

Entry Date: 11/29/19

Exit Date: 12/27/19

How to Play These Stocks for Tenfold Increased Returns

Now that you know the seven best stocks to play during the holidays, only one question remains...

How do you play them?

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Of course, you can buy or short the stock for each of the setups above. Historically speaking, with stocks, your returns will be anywhere between 1.94% and 7.31%.

However, buying options instead will increase your returns approximately tenfold.

Here's what you do:

Bullish: Buy 60-day out-of-the-money (OTM) calls (e.g. with XYZ trading at $50, buy January $55 calls.)

Bearish: Buy 60-day OTM puts (e.g. with XYZ trading at $50, buy January $45 puts.)

With these seven stocks, I'm sure you'll have a prosperous holiday season.

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