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Put Volume Spikes on H&R Block
Filed under: SEC Filings, H and R Block (HRB), Options, Technical AnalysisH&R Block (HRB) was in focus Tuesday morning, thanks to an SEC filing Monday that revealed Soros Fund Management boosted its stake in the tax preparer during the second quarter. The equity has inched moderately higher Tuesd...
Call Buying Climbs on Potash Corp. of Saskatchewan
Filed under: Options, Technical Analysis, Potash Corp. of Saskatchewan (POT)Bullish bets are popular on Potash Corp. of Saskatchewan (POT), according to data from the International Securities Exchange (ISE). During the past 10 days, speculators on the ISE have bought to open 2.03 calls for every put ...
NVIDIA Sinks to a New Low Ahead of Earnings
Filed under: Earnings Reports, Options, Technical AnalysisNVIDIA Corp. (NVDA) slumped to a new 52-week nadir of $8.65 right out of the gate Thursday morning, thanks to a little help from analysts at BMO Capital Markets. The brokerage firm trimmed its price target on NVDA from $10 to $9 and lowered it...
Citigroup Singled Out for a Long-Term Strangle
Filed under: Citigroup Inc. (C), Options, Technical AnalysisOption volume was relatively quiet in Citigroup Inc. (C) on Tuesday, with call and put activity both falling short of the expected daily levels. However, a noteworthy volatility play crossed the tape around midday, with one long-term specula...
Puts Popular as Ambac Financial Takes a Post-Earnings Dive
Filed under: Major Movement, Earnings Reports, Bad News, Options, Technical AnalysisAmbac Financial Group (ABK) took the earnings stage Monday night -- and the stock took a quick dive right out of the gate Tuesday morning, if that gives you any indication about the quarterly results. The bond insurer...
Bullish Bets Popular on Crocs Post-Earnings
Filed under: Earnings Reports, Options, Crocs Inc (CROX)Crocs Inc. (CROX) tagged a new annual high last Friday after surpassing analysts' second-quarter earnings expectations. As a result, bullish option volume ramped up on the footwear firm. During the course of Friday's trading, about 13,000 calls ...
Calls Gaining Popularity as Alcoa Climbs the Charts
Filed under: Alcoa Inc (AA), Options, Technical AnalysisCalls were the options of choice on Alcoa (AA) Thursday, according to data from the International Securities Exchange (ISE). During the course of the session, speculators on the ISE bought to open 1,255 calls on AA, compared to just 56 puts. The...
Carl Icahn is Buying Motorola -- Should You?
Filed under: Major Movement, Motorola (MOT), Technical AnalysisMotorola Inc. (MOT) is up nearly 6% today, with traders cheering a report that activist investor Carl Icahn has beefed up his stake in the telecom stock. A filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) revealed that Icahn purch...
JPMorgan Recommends First Solar Calls
Filed under: Analyst Reports, Options, Technical AnalysisAnalysts at JPMorgan are recommending call options for anxious investors in First Solar (FSLR), according to a note to clients released this morning. Specifically, the brokerage firm said that shareholders who've grown skeptical with lower earn...
American Axle Targeted by a Pre-earnings Straddle
Filed under: Earnings Reports, OptionsAmerican Axle & Manufacturing Holdings (AXL) is prepping for its turn in the earnings spotlight. The auto parts issue is slated to confess its second-quarter results ahead of Friday's opening bell, and at least one speculator is looking for a major post-event...
Buffalo Wild Wings Bolts Higher on Earnings Beat
Filed under: Major Movement, Earnings Reports, Options, Technical AnalysisBuffalo Wild Wings (BWLD) is significantly higher after the restaurant chain topped analysts' second-quarter earnings expectations.
After Tuesday's closing bell, Buffalo Wild Wings reported a quarterly profit of $9.2 million, o...
Puts Popular Ahead of Earnings from C.H. Robinson Worldwide
Filed under: Earnings Reports, OptionsC.H. Robinson Worldwide (CHRW) attracted a heavy dose of put volume on Friday, with approximately 16,000 contracts crossing the tape. This flurry of activity represented about 19 times the stock's expected daily put volume.
Data from the International Securities ...
Building a Bullish Credit Spread on Marathon Oil
Filed under: Options, Technical Analysis, Marathon Oil (MRO)Marathon Oil (MRO) was the target of a neutral-to-bullish credit spread on Thursday. Shortly after 2 p.m. Eastern, the trader sold to open 1,610 contracts of the stock's August 32 put, and simultaneously bought to open an equivalent number o...
Weyerhaeuser Strangled Ahead of Earnings
Filed under: Major Movement, Earnings Reports, OptionsOption volume was unusually heavy on Weyerhaeuser Co. (WY) on Wednesday, with roughly 26,000 calls and 29,000 puts crossing the tape. This flurry of activity represented about 20 times the equity's predicted daily volume. After taking a closer loo...
Call Volume Climbs on U.S. Steel
Filed under: Earnings Reports, U.S. Steel (X), Options, Technical AnalysisCalls are unusually popular on United States Steel Corporation (X), with volume rising to more than double the norm by midday. Roughly 20,000 calls changed hands on X during the first half of the session, outpacing the stock's ...
Tesla and Toyota Teaming Up for Electric RAV4
Filed under: Deals, Toyota Motor Corp. (TM), Technical AnalysisTesla Motors (TSLA) and Toyota Motor Corporation (TM) announced a new agreement today to develop an electric version of Toyota's RAV4 sports utility vehicle (SUV). The joint statement sheds a little light on a memorandum of understanding ...
Mosaic Co. Bull Bets on a Strong Second Half
Filed under: Options, Technical Analysis, AgricultureCall volume ramped up on The Mosaic Company (MOS) Wednesday, with roughly 22,000 contracts crossing the tape. By contrast, MOS was only expected to see about 7,300 calls change hands. Meanwhile, fewer than 3,700 puts were exchanged during the cours...
July 30 Puts Are Popular on CBOE Holdings
Filed under: Options, Technical AnalysisPut volume surged on CBOE Holdings (CBOE) Tuesday, with nearly 7,200 of these bearishly oriented options crossing the tape. This flurry of activity represented about seven times the stock's expected daily put volume. Meanwhile, fewer than 1,700 calls were excha...
Put Volume Spikes on Arena Pharmaceuticals
Filed under: Analyst Upgrades and Downgrades, Options, Technical AnalysisPuts are flying across the tape today on Arena Pharmaceuticals (ARNA), with volume surging to 43 times the expected level within the first hour of the session. Roughly 11,000 puts changed hands by 10:40 a.m., and most of the act...
Traders Buy Plunge Protection on Transocean Ltd.
Filed under: Options, Technical Analysis, Transocean Ltd. (RIG)Shares of oil-spill accessory Transocean Ltd. (RIG) are currently trading near $47, but one investor is bracing for a drastic downside move from the security. On Wednesday, a long-term options trader picked up some plunge protection on RI...
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