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Symantec Corp. Calls Look For Shares To Extend Rally

 

Today’s tickers: SYMC, ADS & FLO

SYMC - Symantec Corp. – Shares in the maker of security software traded up as much as 1.0% to a new 52-week high of $22.91 during the first few hours of the trading day, but are off earlier highs at present to stand just 0.05% higher on the day at $22.68 as of midday in New York. The stock has risen nearly 30% during the past six months, and some options traders appear to be positioning for the price of the underlying to extend gains during the next couple of months. The most actively traded options contracts on Symantec today are the April $25 strike calls, with upwards of 8,000 call options changing hands against open interest of 600 contracts. Traders paid an average premium of $0.20 apiece for the $25 calls, and may profit at April expiration in the event that SYMC shares rally 11% during the next nine weeks to top $25.20.

FLO - Flowers Foods, Inc. – Put options are changing hands on Flowers Foods this morning, with shares in the maker of breads, buns and snack cakes down 1.4% at $27.61 in early afternoon trading. Heavy put buying on Flowers in the early going drove overall options volume above 4,500 contracts, sizable volume versus the stock’s average daily level of around 470 contracts. Most of the activity is in the Mar. $25 strike puts, which appear to have been purchased roughly 4,000 times for an average premium of $0.37 apiece. Traders snapping up downside puts on Flowers stand ready to profit at expiration next month should shares in the food products company drop 11% to settle below the average breakeven price of $24.63. The Thomasville, Georgia-based bread maker has bid on certain Hostess bread bakeries and bread brands ahead of a competitive auction at the end of the month. Flowers Foods shares have rallied more than 35% since Hostess declared bankruptcy in mid-November.…
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Options Players Swarm Starbucks Corp. After Earnings

Today’s tickers: SBUX, SYY, GS & ADS

SBUX - Starbucks Corp. – Shares in Starbucks reached their highest since the company’s 1992 IPO on Friday, following the release of better-than-anticipated third-quarter earnings from the Seattle, Washington-based coffee shop operator after the closing bell on Thursday. Starbucks Corp.’s shares earlier rose as much as 7.95% to an intraday high of $44.69. While SBUX shares may be high as a kite post-earnings, options traders appear to be coming down ahead of the weekend. Call selling and put buying in the November contract today may be a sign some strategists are taking profits, locking in gains or possibly positioning for shares to cool in the near term. Put players focused on the Nov. $41 strike, where more than 7,000 contracts changed hands against open interest of 3,279 positions. It looks like much of the volume was printed by buyers of the bearish options at an average premium of $0.44 apiece. Put buyers may profit at November expiration if shares in the world’s largest coffee-shop operator tumble 9.25% to breach the average breakeven price of $40.56. Another 1,500 put options appear to have been purchased at the lower Nov. $39 strike at an average premium of $0.17 a-pop. As for SBUX calls, selling was more prevalent than buying at each strike from the Nov. $42 strike call up through the Nov. $46 strike call. The Nov. $45 strike call is most active, with upwards of 3,600 contracts in play against 2,727 lots of open interest. It looks like investors sold around 1,600 of these calls to pocket premium of $0.59 each. Investors may be taking profits off the table or betting against the likelihood that SBUX shares will continue to hit fresh highs ahead of expiration in two weeks. Options implied volatility on Starbucks Corp. is lower by 9.5% to arrive at 34.6% following earnings.

SYY - Sysco Corp. – Though trading in Sysco Corp. options is mixed this morning, one aspect of the activity is consistent, investors are positioning for the price of the underlying to move following the company’s first-quarter earnings report ahead of the opening bell on Monday. Traders are snapping up both call and put options on the largest North American distributor of food in anticipation of near-term bullish or bearish movement in the price of the stock. Options implied volatility on the stock is running 22.4% higher on the day at 29.65% as…
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Plenty of put selling as market slide picks up steam

Today’s tickers: LTM, AA, JCP, LEG, INTC, ADS, FXI, GE, APOL & MDCO

LTM – Life Time Fitness, Inc. – The fitness and health brand edged onto our ‘hot by options volume’ market scanner after a large sale of puts was transacted in the March contract. Shares of the professional fitness company are currently down by over 5.5% to $9.42. It appears that one investor sold over 9,700 puts at the March 7.5 strike price for a premium of 25 cents each. Is this some optimism on behalf of an investor despite the decline in share price today? The chunk of puts observed represents nearly half of the existing open interest on the stock, and thus may indeed be tied to a short stock position. If it is not tied to stock but rather is naked put-selling, this investor faces real downside exposure should shares continue declining.

AA – Alcoa Inc. – A large 10,000 lot put spread just traded in the April series of Alcoa whose shares are taking a 7% beating today at $5.85. An investor traded the 5.0 and 7.5 puts at a net 1.41 premium. Implied volatility on the options is running at around 104% given the slip through the existing 52-week low.

JCP – J.C. Penney Company, Inc. – The major retailer popped onto our ‘most active by options volume’ market scanner after more than 27,000 puts – representing about 20% of the total open interest on the stock – traded at the March 12.5 strike price. JCP is lower by 4% at $14.50 today. Open interest of only 6,129 contracts currently resides at the 12.5 strike confirming that today’s trading has fresh impetus. Within today’s total volume at the strike, over 14,000 puts sold for an average premium of 37 cents. This indicates that a trader is either selling puts in conjunction with shorting the stock or just outright confident that the shares won’t slip below $12.13 by expiration. If they do, this investor would be happy to own them.

LEG – Leggett & Platt, Inc. – The manufacturer and producer of a variety of engineered products has declined slightly by 3% to $11.87 today, and appeared on our ‘hot by options volume’ market scanner after over 10,200 puts were shed by one investor at the March 10 strike price for a premium of 15 cents apiece. The lot of puts sold represents more…
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Dragnet Surveillance & Censorship Legislation Will Do Nothing To Eliminate Cyber Jihad & Lone Wolf Recruiting

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Recent efforts by governments to weaken encryption, introduce exploitable vulnerabilities into applications, and to develop Nation-state dragnet surveillance programs will do little to stymie the rise in terrorist attacks.  These efforts will be a detriment to national security and only further exhaust law enforcement resources and obfuscate adversary communiqués within a massive cloud of noise.

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Media Focus on Trump Blindsides the Public from Rising Wall Street Risks

Courtesy of Pam Martens.

Source: Federal Reserve Supervisory Stress Test 2017 (Numbers Represent Billions of Dollars in Projected Losses in a Severely Adverse Scenario)

By Pam Martens and Russ Martens: June 27, 2017

There are some very serious undercurrents at work in the U.S. financial markets but they are getting short shrift on the front pages of newspapers as the President’s travails dominate the news. That’s working out well for Wall Street, which wants to keep the public slumbering as long as possible in hopes of gutting mo...



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Swing trading portfolio - week of June 26th, 2017

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Seattle Min Wage Hikes Crushing The Poor: 6,700 Jobs Lost, Annual Wages Down $1,500 - UofW Study

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Just last week we noted that McDonalds launched plans to replace 2,500 human cashiers with digital kiosks like the ones below (see: McDonalds Is Replacing 2,500 Human Cashiers With Digital Kiosks: Here Is Its Math):

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Kelly Heros Sgt. OddBall philosophy to read stock charts

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Hertz Gets A Second Intra-Day Boost On News Of Apple Rentals

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We have a vaccine for six cancers; why are less than half of kids getting it?

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We have a vaccine for six cancers; why are less than half of kids getting it?

Courtesy of Electra D. Paskett, The Ohio State University

Early in our careers, few of us imagined a vaccine could one day prevent cancer. Now there is a vaccine that keeps the risk of developing six Human Papillomavirus (HPV)-related cancers at bay, but adoption of it has been slow and surprising low.

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Bitcoin Buyer Beware

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Entrepreneurs have a new trick to raise money quickly, and it all takes place online, free from the constraints of banks and regulators. As Axios reports, since the beginning of 2017, 65 startups have raised $522 million using initial coin offerings — trading a digital coin (essentially an investment in their company) for a digital currency, like Bitcoin or Ether.

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Frontier laid off state Senate president after broadband vote it didn't like

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Speaking of FTR – not nice people…

Frontier laid off state Senate president after broadband vote it didn’t like

By Arstechnica.com

Broadband provider Frontier Communications recently laid off the West Virginia state Senate president after a vote the company didn't like—and yes, you read that correctly.

West Virginia does not have a full-time legislature, and state lawmakers can supplement their part-time government salaries ($20,000 a year,&...



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Robert Sapolsky: The biology of our best and worst selves

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Brazil; Waterfall in prices starting? Impact U.S.?

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Below looks at the Brazil ETF (EWZ) over the last decade. The rally over the past year has it facing a critical level, from a Power of the Pattern perspective.

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