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Puts Active On Consumer Discretionary SPDR ETF

Today’s tickers: XLY, ITB & PLCE

XLY - Consumer Discretionary Select Sector SPDR Fund – Shares in the Consumer Discretionary Select Sector SPDR Fund are trading 0.60% lower today at $59.20 as of 12:15 p.m., slipping slightly from an all-time high of $59.90 reached yesterday. A large print in XLY put options during the first hour of the trading session indicates one big player is bracing for the price of the underlying to potentially decline substantially during the next couple of months. It looks like the strategist purchased a block of 31,500 of the Sep $55 strike puts at a premium of $0.41 per contract. The position may be an outright bearish bet on consumer discretionary stocks or may be a hedge to protect the value of a long position in the underlying fund. The bearish trade makes money at expiration if shares in the XLY decline 7.8% from the current price of $59.20 to trade below the breakeven point at $54.59. The XLY last traded below $54.59 at the end of June. All told, upwards of 39,000 of the Sep $55 strike puts changed hands by midday versus open interest of 5,568 contracts.

ITB - iShares U.S. Home Construction ETF – Upside call options are active on the iShares U.S. Home Construction ETF today after the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo index of builder sentiment increased more than expected in July to the highest level since January of 2006. Shares in the ITB initially rallied on the back of the better than expected homebuilder confidence data, but have since erased those gains to trade down 0.65% on the session at $22.96 as of 11:55 a.m. ET. One or more options traders positioning for shares in the ITB to rally during the next four weeks appear to have purchased upwards of 8,800 calls…
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EBay Call Buyers See Overnight Gains As Shares Extend Rally

 

Today’s tickers: EBAY, HOV & ITB

EBAY - eBay, Inc. – Buyers of weekly call options on eBay yesterday are seeing substantial overnight gains on their positions, as shares in the online marketplace provider move higher for a second consecutive session. The stock is up 2.2% at $51.21 this morning, helped higher by positive analyst comments, including an upgrade to ‘Buy’ from ‘Hold’ with a 12-month price target of $56.00 at Cantor Fitzgerald. The company also said it will update its fee structure for online merchants in an effort to make it simpler and more competitive with rival Amazon. Yesterday we noted heavy call buying in the Mar. 22 ’13 $52.5 strike calls, with roughly 3,000 of the weekly contracts purchased at an average premium of $0.08 each during morning trading. Premium on the $52.5 weekly calls has tripled overnight to $0.24 as of 11:15 a.m. ET on Tuesday. Upwards of 3,200 of the $52.5 calls have changed hands this morning, and it looks like some traders may be bulking up on the bullish options, while others take quick profits off the table. The company holds its 2013 Investor/Analyst Day next Thursday in San Jose, California.

HOV - Hovnanian Enterprises, Inc. – Shares in U.S. homebuilder, Hovnanian Enterprises, rallied more than 7.0% to $6.43 this morning on strong housing starts and building permits data. Upside call buying on the stock near the open suggests some traders are positioning for shares in the name to extend gains in the near- and long-term. Traders looking for shares to edge to the highest level since the start of 2013 snapped up around 1,000 calls at the April $7.0 strike for an average premium of $0.125 today, and may profit at expiration next month in the event that HOV’s shares gain more than 10% to settle above the average breakeven price of $7.125. Meanwhile, traders placing longer-term bullish bets on the homebuilder looked to options contracts expiring in January of 2014. Volume in far out-of-the-money calls caught our eye this morning, with…
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Climate change and weather extremes: Both heat and cold can kill

 

Climate change and weather extremes: Both heat and cold can kill

Courtesy of Garth HeutelGeorgia State UniversityDavid MolitorUniversity of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Nolan MillerUniversity of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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Exploring Gravitational Waves

By joniferdingcong. Originally published at ValueWalk.

In 2016, US scientists for the first time announced their detection of gravitational waves, ripples in space and time hypothesized by Albert Einstein a century ago. Such a discovery represents a scientific breakthrough, opening the door to an entirely new way of observing the cosmos. In 2017, the Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded to three US scientists for the detection of gravitational waves. To better grasp the process of their discovery, CGTN’s Tian Wei spoke to two of them: Rainer Weiss, Emeritus Professor of Physics at MIT and Kip Thorne, Emeritus Professor of Physics at Caltech. Chen Yanbei, Professor of Physics at Caltech, also joined the talk.

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Stocks Suffer As 10Y Yields Reach 2014 Highs, Curve At Inflection Point

 

Stocks Suffer As 10Y Yields Reach 2014 Highs, Curve At Inflection Point

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Overnight saw 10Y Treasury yields touch 2.64%, topping the post-election peak to its highest since September 2014 (and crossing Jeff Gundlach's "red line" for stock damage). However, the yield curve's bear-steepening may suggest a turning point.

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14 Stocks Moving In Friday's Pre-Market Session

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Gainers
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Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies are just the Beanie Babies of the moment

 

Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies are just the Beanie Babies of the moment

Courtesy of Vitaliy Katsenelson, Contrarian Edge

If you invested in the markets circa 1999, it is hard to observe the Bitcoin mania and not experience the feeling that you’ve seen this movie before and know how it will end – in losses and tears. The internet was a great idea that convinced a lot of great minds to invest capital and energy into businesses that have transformed the world – Amazon, eBay, Cisco, PayPal … the list is very long (though in fairness the list of non-survivors is even longer – but they are not here to remind us of their nonexistence).

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Short Covering Driving Gains in Semiconductors and Nasdaq 100

Courtesy of Declan.

The Nasdaq 100 breakout cleared channel resistance, the fifth significant breakout in four months. All technicals are posting new near-term highs which also meant the short generated on the tag of the rising channel is negated.


The Semiconductor Index also enjoyed a substantial breakout as short covering drove traders out of their positions. Technicals see an improvement with a relative gain against the Nasdaq 100.

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How Alzheimer's disease spreads throughout the brain - new study

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How Alzheimer's disease spreads throughout the brain – new study

Courtesy of Thomas E CopeUniversity of Cambridge

Harmful tau protein spreads through networks. Author provided

Alzheimer’s disease is a devastating brain illness that affects an estimated 47m people worldwide. It is the most common cause of dementia in the Western world. Despite this, there are currently no treatments that are effective in curing Alzheimer’s disease or preventing its relentless progressio...



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Trump Admin Bans CDC From Using Words Like 'Science-Based,' 'Diversity'

By Jean-Luc

These are the policies of a theocracy, not a modern democracy:

Trump Admin Bans CDC From Using Words Like ‘Science-Based,’ ‘Diversity’

The Trump administration has prohibited the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) from using words like “science-based,” “diversity,” and “transgender” in their official documents for next year’s budget, according to the Washington Post.

Senior CDC budget leader Alison Kelly met with the agency’s policy analysts on Thursday to announce ...



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An Interview with David Brin

Our guest David Brin is an astrophysicist, technology consultant, and best-selling author who speaks, writes, and advises on a range of topics including national defense, creativity, and space exploration. He is also a well-known and influential futurist (one of four “World's Best Futurists,” according to The Urban Developer), and it is his ideas on the future, specifically the future of civilization, that I hope to learn about here.   

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Swing trading portfolio - week of September 11th, 2017

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This post is for all our live virtual trade ideas and daily comments. Please click on "comments" below to follow our live discussion. All of our current  trades are listed in the spreadsheet below, with entry price (1/2 in and All in), and exit prices (1/3 out, 2/3 out, and All out).

We also indicate our stop, which is most of the time the "5 day moving average". All trades, unless indicated, are front-month ATM options. 

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

Courtesy of Chris Kimble.

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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EWZ is facing dual resistance at (1), while in a 9-year down trend of lower highs and lower lows. The counter trend rally over the past 17-months has it testing key falling resistance. Did the counter trend reflation rally just end at dual resistance???

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