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Corinthian Colleges Call Options In Demand After Earnings Beat

 

Today’s tickers: COCO, IPXL & BEN

COCO - Corinthian Colleges, Inc. – Shares in the for-profit provider of post-secondary, career-oriented education programs increased as much as 44.2% to an intraday high of $4.37 at the start of the session after the Company’s full-year 2012 earnings forecast of $0.30 a share beat average analyst expectations of $0.24 a share. The stock is off earlier post-earnings report highs, but continues to trade up 30.0% on the day at $3.93 as of 12:30 p.m. in New York. Options traders positioning for shares in Corinthian Colleges to extend gains in the near term purchased more than 2,800 calls at the Feb. $4.0 strike for an average premium of $0.27 apiece. Investors long the calls may profit at February expiration in the event that COCO’s shares rally 8.7% over the current price of $3.93 to exceed the average breakeven point at $4.27. Bullish call buying spread to the Mar. $4.0 strike, where around 375 contracts were purchased for an average premium of $0.38 each.

IPXL - Impax Laboratories, Inc. – The specialty pharmaceutical company popped up on our ‘hot by options volume’ market scanner this morning after one strategist took a large stake in front-month calls. Shares in Impax Laboratories surged 10.85% to $20.93 today on news Impax Pharmaceuticals, the branded drugs unit of Hayward, California-based Impax Laboratories, Inc., licensed exclusive U.S. commercial rights to Zomig® from AstraZeneca. Zomig is a drug used to treat acute migraine headaches with or without aura. The options trader responsible for the single largest transaction in IPXL options today appears to have purchased 2,000 calls at the Feb. $20 strike for an average premium of $0.80 per contract. The size of the position is noteworthy relative to overall open interest of…
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Bearish Player Binges On Perfect World Co. Put Options

Today’s tickers: PWRD, NIHD & COCO

PWRD - Perfect World Co., Ltd. – The online game developer popped up on our scanners this morning following a burst of bearish activity in March 2012 contract call and put options. It looks like much of the trading was initiated by one investor positioning for the price of the underlying to pull back further in the next four months to expiration. Shares in Perfect World Co. fell 6.8% to $11.59 by 12:25 PM in New York trade. The company is slated to report third-quarter earnings after the final bell this evening. It appears the options player purchased around 300 puts at the Mar. 2012 $11 strike, the nearest to-the-money strike put available, for an average premium of $1.92 apiece. Similar bearish activity was seen at the Mar. 2012 $10, $9.0, $8.0 and $7.0 strike prices. The investor purchased at least 290 and as many as 430 puts at each of the lower strikes for premiums ranging from $1.35 down at $0.52 a-pop. The investor starts making money on the Mar. 2012 $11 strike put position in the event that shares in Perfect World decline another 21.7% to breach the effective breakeven point on the downside at $9.08 by expiration day next year. Meanwhile, light call selling at the Mar. 2012 $12, $13, $14 and $15 strikes suggests the investor doubts shares in the name will rally above the current price level by expiration next year.

NIHD - NII Holdings, Inc. – Wireless communications company, NII Holdings, attracted heavier-than-usual activity in its options this morning. It appears one investor is taking a bearish stance on the stock, prepping for near double-digit declines in the price of the underlying by December expiration. Shares in NII Holdings, Inc. are down 4.05% to stand at $22.46 in early-afternoon trade. More than 3,000 put options changed hands at the Dec. $21 strike earlier in the session, against previously existing open interest of just 175 contracts. It looks like the investor purchased the majority of the puts for an average premium of $0.65 each. The trader may profit on the position at expiration next month in the event that NIHD’s shares drop 9.4% from the current price of $22.46 to breach the effective breakeven point on the downside at $20.35. Shares in NII Holdings last traded below $20.35 back in July 2009.

COCO - Corinthian Colleges, Inc. – Shares in the for-profit provider of post-secondary…
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Put spreader portends near-term erosion in Energy fund’s shares

Today’s tickers: XLE, CROX, COCO, PCX, EBAY, NTAP, MW, ARG & AXL

XLE – Energy Select Sector SPDR ETF – A massive put spread purchased on the XLE, an exchange-traded fund designed to correspond to the performance of the Energy Select Sector of the S&P 500 Index, points perhaps to one investor’s expectation that the price of the fund’s shares are set to decline ahead of September expiration day. Shares of the fund are currently up 0.40% at $54.06 as of 3:45 pm ET. It looks like the pessimistic player picked up approximately 40,000 puts at the September $53 strike for an average premium of $0.21 each, and sold about the same number of puts at the lower September $52 strike at an average premium of $0.44 a-pop. Net premium paid to purchase the spread amounts to $0.23 per contract. The investor responsible for the transaction stands ready to make money if shares of the XLE fall 2.4% from the current price of $54.06 to breach the effective breakeven point at $52.77 by expiration next Friday. Maximum potential profits of $0.77 per contract – for a total of $3,080 million – are available to the trader if the XLE’s shares drop 3.8% to slip beneath $52.00 by expiration day.

CROX – Crocs, Inc. – The footwear firm’s shares plunged 15.5% in afternoon trading to touch down at an intraday low of $11.68. Sharp share price erosion spurred put buying by options traders expecting the stock to continue lower ahead of October expiration. Investors purchased approximately 5,100 now in-the-money puts at the October $12 strike for an average premium of $0.85 each. Put players make money if shares fall another 4.5% from today’s low of $11.68 to breach the average breakeven point at $11.15 by expiration day next month. Options implied volatility on the shoe maker shot up 26.7% to 66.39% as of 3:40 pm ET.

COCO – Corinthian Colleges, Inc. – Shares in for-profit university, Corinthian Colleges, Inc., shot up 14.5% to an intraday high of $5.61 this morning on speculation the company may be acquired. Options traders were quick to initiate bullish stances on the stock in case the rumors end up having some truth to them. COCO’s shares cooled slightly in afternoon trading and are currently up 9.8% on the day to stand at $5.38 as of 2:50 pm ET. Speculators hoping to see shares continue higher picked…
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5 truths about the second round of coronavirus stimulus checks

By Aman Jain. Originally published at ValueWalk.

Whether or not Congress will be able to issue another coronavirus relief package or if there will be another round of direct payments is the biggest question nowadays. Although no one has accurate answers to these questions, there are a few truths about the next round of coronavirus stimulus checks.

Truths about coronavirus stimulus checks

The first truth is that everyone wants to send stimulus checks. “Everyone” here means Republican and Democratic lawmakers and President Donald Trump. Both Republicans and Democrats have included stimulus checks in their proposals, the HEALS Act and HEROES Act, respectively. Alt...



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Zero Hedge

The State's Response To This "Virus" Is Nothing More Than A Weapon Of Mass Submission

Courtesy of ZeroHedge View original post here.

Authored by Gary Barnett via LewRockwell.com,

“The great masses of men, though theoretically free, are seen to submit supinely to oppression and exploitation of a hundred abhorrent sorts. Have they no means of resistance? Obviously they have. The worst tyrant, even under democratic plutocracy, has but one throat to slit. The moment the majority decided to overthrow him he would be overthrown. But the maj...



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Venture Capital...Big Money Still Flowing and Power In The Valley

 

Venture Capital…Big Money Still Flowing and Power In The Valley

Courtesy of Howard Lindzon 

Money continues to flow into the venture capital industry.

I won't complain.

The money flow should increase as rates stay low and the mantra of alternative investing picks up pace. I can feel that happening.

One big rule change that should really accelerate money flows is the final Volcker Rule:

The Final Volcker Rule[1], which goes into effect October 1, 2020, makes a number of significa...



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Kimble Charting Solutions

Key Inflation Indicators Facing Big Test In September!

Courtesy of Chris Kimble

Inflation has long been a word that the Federal Reserve uses but the general markets have forgotten about.

Why? Well because it’s been virtually non-existent for years. Key indicators like commodities (i.e. copper) have been in a down-trends and the Materials Sector (XLB) has lagged… until this year.

In today’s chart 3-pack, we take a look at the Equal Weight Commodity Index, ...



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Digital Currencies

The Great Unbanking: How DeFi Is Completing The Job Bitcoin Started

Courtesy of ZeroHedge View original post here.

Authored by Paul De Havilland via CoinTelegraph.com,

While most of us will prefer to forget the horrors of 2020, DeFi may well prove to be the guarantee of a better, more liberated future...

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Politics

'Colossal Backdoor Bailout': Outrage as Pentagon Funnels Hundreds of Millions Meant for Covid Supplies to Private Defense Contractors

 

'Colossal Backdoor Bailout': Outrage as Pentagon Funnels Hundreds of Millions Meant for Covid Supplies to Private Defense Contractors

"If you can't get a Covid test or find an N95, it’s because these contractors stole from the American people to make faster jets and fancy uniforms."

By Jake Johnson

Secretary of Defense Mark Esper and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Army Gen. Mark Milley hold an end of year press conference at the Pentagon on December 20, 2019 in Arlington, Virginia. (Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Instead of adhering to congressional inten...



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Biotech/COVID-19

How and when will we know that a COVID-19 vaccine is safe and effective?

 

How and when will we know that a COVID-19 vaccine is safe and effective?

How much longer must society wait for a vaccine? ANDRZEJ WOJCICKI/Getty Images

By William Petri, University of Virginia

With COVID-19 vaccines currently in the final phase of study, you’ve probably been wondering how the FDA will decide if a vaccine is safe and effective.

Based on the status of the Phase 3 trials currently underway, it i...



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Chart School

Stocks are not done yet - Update

Courtesy of Read the Ticker

There are a few times in history when a third party said this US paper (stocks, funds or bonds) is worthless.

Here is two.

1) 1965 Nixon Shock - The French said to US we do not want your paper dollars please pay us in gold. This of course led to the US going off the gold standard.

2) 2007 Bear Stern Fund Collapse - Investors said their funds collateral was worth much less than stated. This of course was the beginning of the great america housing bust of 2008.


In both cases it was stated .."look the Emperor is naked!"... (The Empe...

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The Technical Traders

Adaptive Fibonacci Price Modeling System Suggests Market Peak May Be Near

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Our Adaptive Fibonacci Price Modeling system is suggesting a moderate price peak may be already setting up in the NASDAQ while the Dow Jones, S&P500, and Transportation Index continue to rally beyond the projected Fibonacci Price Expansion Levels.  This indicates that capital may be shifting away from the already lofty Technology sector and into Basic Materials, Financials, Energy, Consumer Staples, Utilities, as well as other sectors.

This type of a structural market shift indicates a move away from speculation and towards Blue Chip returns. It suggests traders and investors are expecting the US consumer to come back strong (or at least hold up the market at...



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Lee's Free Thinking

Texas, Florida, Arizona, Georgia - The Branch COVIDIANS Are Still Burning Down the House

 

Texas, Florida, Arizona, Georgia – The Branch COVIDIANS Are Still Burning Down the House

Courtesy of Lee Adler, WallStreetExaminer 

The numbers of new cases in some of the hardest hit COVID19 states have started to plateau, or even decline, over the past few days. A few pundits have noted it and concluded that it was a hopeful sign. 

Is it real or is something else going on? Like a restriction in the numbers of tests, or simply the inability to test enough, or are some people simply giving up on getting tested? Because as we all know from our dear leader, the less testing, the less...



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Insider Scoop

Economic Data Scheduled For Friday

Courtesy of Benzinga

  • Data on nonfarm payrolls and unemployment rate for March will be released at 8:30 a.m. ET.
  • US Services Purchasing Managers' Index for March is scheduled for release at 9:45 a.m. ET.
  • The ISM's non-manufacturing index for March will be released at 10:00 a.m. ET.
  • The Baker Hughes North American rig count report for the latest week is scheduled for release at 1:00 p.m. ET.
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