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Energy ETF Options Portend Tough Times Ahead, but Smooth Sailing to Follow

 Today’s tickers: XLE, LIZ, NE & CBST

XLE - Energy Select Sector SPDR Fund – Two massive transactions in XLE options today suggest nearer-term pessimism on the energy sector and longer-term optimism. Shares in the fund started the session in positive territory, but the rally proved to be short-lived as shares are currently trading 0.60% lower on the day at $73.72 just before 12:50pm. The XLE, an exchange-traded fund that corresponds to the performance of the Energy Select Sector of the S&P 500 Index, jumped to the top of our ‘most active by options volume’ market scanner this morning after a huge bull call spread was purchased outright in the September contract. The transaction is a profitable one if shares in the XLE top recent highs to trade at levels not seen since mid-2008. The options player purchased 52,750 calls at the September $79 strike for a premium of $2.23 each, and sold the same number of calls up at the September $90 strike at a premium of $0.28 apiece. Net premium paid to initiate the spread amounts to $1.95 per contract, a price tag of more than $10.28 million. Profits are available to the trader should shares in the fund surge 9.8% over the current price of $73.72 to exceed the effective breakeven point at $80.95 by September expiration. Maximum potential profits implied by the spread’s parameters amount to $9.05 per contract if the price of the underlying fund jumps 22.1% in the next four months to trade above $90.00 at expiration. Meanwhile, a large put spread purchased in the nearer-term June ‘30 expiry suggests a less rosy outlook on the energy sector over the next seven weeks. The spread was likely purchased by the investor, although direction in this case is more difficult to determine as both legs of the transaction traded to the middle of the market. The pessimistic player appears to have purchased 33,330 in-the-money puts at the June $75 strike for a premium of $3.27 each, against the sale of the same number of put options at the lower June $65 strike at a premium of $0.52 a-pop. The net cost of the spread amounts to $2.75 per contract, thus yielding profits below…
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Bearish Player Paws at Cubist Pharmaceuticals

Today’s tickers: CBST, STJ, EFA & PEP

CBST - Cubist Pharmaceuticals, Inc. – A three-legged transaction involving Cubist Pharmaceuticals stock, as well as call and put options, appears to be the work of a bearish investor positioning for shares in the name to pullback ahead of August expiration. CBST shares are currently down 1.05% to arrive at $22.15 as of 11:55am in New York. It looks like the strategist initiated a delta neutral position, selling around 88,600 shares at $22.24 each, selling 2,100 calls at the August $30 strike for a premium of $0.80 per contract, and buying 2,100 puts at the August $17 strike at a premium of $1.45 apiece, on a delta of approximately 0.42. The parameters of the transaction prepare the trader to potentially amass substantial profits if shares in the biopharmaceutical company continue to trend lower in the time remaining to expiration. The value of the long put options will rise as shares fall, while the short calls will decline in value and become cheaper to buy back. Erosion in the price of the underlying shares is also favorable on the short stock leg of the transaction.

STJ - St. Jude Medical, Inc. – The medical devices manufacturer popped up on our scanners in early morning trade after a large number of call and put options changed hands in the January 2012 contract. It looks like one investor initiated a sizeable bullish stance on the stock in order to position for shares in St. Jude Medical to rise substantially by January of next year. Shares in the name increased as much as 2.2% today to secure an intraday- and new 52-week high of $44.95 in the first half of the session. The trader appears to have sold 5,900 puts at the January 2012 $40 strike for a…
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Brocade Options Hyperactive

Today’s tickers: BRCD, WYN, CAR, TGT, CBST & KMB

BRCD - Shares of the telecommunications equipment provider continue to rally today. The stock gained more than 6.5% during the session and reached a new 52-week high of $9.65. The BRCD ticker symbol catapulted to the top of our ‘most active by options volume’ market scanner as investors exchanged more than 235,000 option contracts on the stock by lunchtime. It appears one investor executed a massive bull call spread in the November contract. The transaction involved the purchased of about 65,000 calls at the November 12 strike for an average premium of 37 cents each, spread against the sale of approximately 65,000 calls at the higher November 13 strike for 20 pennies apiece. The net cost of the trade amounts to 17 cents per contract for an approximate total price tag of $1,105,000. The investor stands to make 83 cents per contract for maximum potential profits of $5,395,000 if shares of BRCD rise 35% to $13.00 by expiration in November. – Brocade Communications Systems, Inc. –

WYN - Shares at the hotelier broke nicely to the upside earlier in the week and stand 3% ahead of a congestion zone at $18.00. Yesterday Goldman Sachs raised the stakes with an upgrade and a 12-month price forecast of $26 per share. With earnings scheduled for October 28, it appears that one investor has used a call option combination to target a move higher in WYN today. Option implied volatility remains high at 67% but is not rising as the shares surge. There was an outright buyer of 15,000 November 22.50 strike calls purchased for 45 cents, while the 20/25 call spread traded about 9,000 times at a net of 75 cents. To break even the share price needs to accelerate by a further 15% to $20.75 ahead of expiration. – Wyndham Worldwide –

CAR - The global car rental company’s share price contracted 4.5% this morning to $11.93 after firm announced the pricing of its offering of $300 million of 3.50% convertible senior notes due 2014. Despite the decline in shares, one investor utilized options in the January 2010 contract to take a bullish stance on the stock. It appears the trader financed the purchase of a call spread by selling out-of-the-money put options. The three-legged transaction involved the sale of 2,200 puts at the January 10 strike for 1.15 apiece, spread against the purchase…
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Cubist Calls Active As Shares Rise 10%

Today’s tickers: CBST, EFA, IYR, WFMI, PG, FXI, UNG & DVA

CBST – The biopharmaceutical company edged onto our ‘hot by options volume’ market scanner this afternoon amid bullish call buying activity. Shares of CBST have surged 10% higher to stand at the current price of $21.91. Near-term optimists hoping for continued gains picked up more than 4,700 calls at the August 22.5 strike price for an average premium of 42 cents per contract. Investors long the calls will begin to accumulate profits in the event that shares rise another 5% to surpass the breakeven point at $22.92 by expiration. Investors exchanged 16,125 lots on the stock today which represents 91.5% of the existing open interest on the stock of 17,594 option contracts. – Cubist Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

EFA– The implementation of a bearish put spread on the EFA this afternoon indicates that some see the price of the underlying shares slipping lower by expiration in January 2010. The exchange-traded fund is currently off slightly by less than 0.5% to $51.32. The spread involved the purchase of 7,500 puts at the January 50 strike price for 3.50 each against the sale of 7,500 puts at the lower January 43 strike for 1.40 apiece. The net cost of the transaction amounts to 2.10 per contract and yields maximum potential profits of 4.90 if the stock declines to $43.00 by expiration. – iShares MSCI EAFE Index ETF

IYR– Shares of the real estate exchange-traded fund have rallied more than 2.5% to $39.40 during today’s trading session. Despite the intraday gains, option traders initiated bearish plays on the fund. One investor anticipating significant declines in the fund established a long butterfly spread set to expire in September. The butterfly was constructed through the sale of 20,000 puts [the body] at the central September 34 strike price for 65 cents apiece. The body was then flanked by the purchase of two wings. The higher September 36 strike price had 10,000 puts picked up for 1.15 per contract and the lower September 32 strike had another 10,000 puts bought for 40 cents each. The net cost of the spread amounts to just 25 cents per contract and yields maximum potential profits of 1.75 if the stock declines to $34.00 by expiration. Profits will begin to accrue for the investor if shares fall 9% to breach the upper breakeven point at $35.75. If shares continue to
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Put sellers back General Electric

Today’s tickers: GE, TGT, XLI, CBST, HAL, DELL, XRT, CAL & JAVA

GE General Electric – Shares have enjoyed a 2% rally to $10.98. GE jumped to the top of our ‘most active by options volume’ market scanner after one investor took a bullish stance on the stock. The trader sold 82,800 puts at the April 10 strike price for a premium of 33 cents per contract. This implies that he does not think that shares are going to fall beneath $10.00 by expiration in a few weeks. He pockets 33 cents in exchange for bearing the risk that shares fall beneath the strike price, which would see him breakeven by $9.67 at which point his premium will have fully eroded. Should the 10 strike land in-the-money by expiration, this investor could have 8,280,000 shares of the underlying stock put to him at $10.00. Established open interest at the 10 strike is 77,000 lots and so this would appear to be the work of fresh interest in the contract today.

TGT Target Corp. – The retailer has had a slight share price rally of less than 0.5% to $36.18. Despite the modest rise today, a couple of investors were observed looking for a significant jump in shares heading into January of 2010. The first of two bullish trades was a sold straddle at the January 45 strike price. The sale of 2,600 puts for a hefty premium of 12.48 coupled with the sale of 2,600 calls for 3.08 yields the investor a gross premium of 15.56. He will retain the full 15.56 if shares can rally by 24% and settle at $45.00 by expiration. The second of the two trades was even more bullish. This investor established a bull call spread by purchasing 7,500 calls at the January 45 strike price for 3.10 each and by selling 7,500 calls at the January 55 strike for a premium of 1.02 apiece. The net cost to get bullish in the January contract amounts to 2.08 and yields a maximum potential profit of 7.92 if shares can rise to $55.00 by expiration. Shares would need to rally by 30% to the breakeven point at $47.08 in order for this investor to begin to garner profits.

XLI Industrial Select Sector SPDR – Shares of the industrials ETF have risen just under 0.5% to $19.93. The XLI ticker jumped onto our ‘most active by options…
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Global Stock Market Indexes Flash Bearish "Look Alike" Patterns?

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Over the past several weeks, I’ve shared several examples of key stock market indexes and indicators hitting long-term resistance. Today, we’ll do the same… but with a much wider lens. We’ll look at 9 different stock market indexes in the developed markets that look concerning.

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Weekly Market Recap Oct 14, 2018

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Vilas Fund Up 55% In Q3; 3Q18 Letter: A Bull Market In Bearish Forecasts

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