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Yelp! Options Buzzing As Shares Rocket Higher

Today’s tickers: YELP, TRLA & CTRP

YELP - Yelp Inc. – Shares in the operator of a website that allows consumers to search for and review local businesses jumped 24% today to a record high of $51.80 after the company reported higher than expected second-quarter revenue after the close on Wednesday and forecast third-quarter sales above the average analyst estimate. Bullish options purchased yesterday ahead of the earnings report are generating sizable gains for some traders today. Of note, trades initiated in the Aug $50 strike calls during the final hour of the trading session on Wednesday. Open interest in the Aug $50 calls increased by roughly 650 contracts overnight, and it looks like much of the volume was purchased for between $0.55 and $0.60 apiece. The sharp rally in the stock today now finds the $50 calls trading at $2.60 each, or approximately four times as much, as of midday in New York. The Aug $50 strike call options are the most traded contracts by volume on Yelp thus far in the current session, with around 2,700 lots in play versus open interest of 1,271 contracts. Time and sales data indicates mixed activity during the first half of the trading day; perhaps some sellers are taking profits while buyers of the options position for shares in Yelp to extend gains in the near term. Overall volume in YELP options is approaching 17,000 contracts as of midday, a level that is nearly four times the stock’s average daily options volume of around 4,300 contracts.

TRLA - Trulia, Inc. – The provider of apps and online tools for homebuyers and the real estate industry reported better than expected second-quarter results and forecast third-quarter revenue above consensus estimates after the close on Wednesday, sending shares in Trulia up as much as 24% on Thursday…
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SAP Puts Active As Shares Stumble

Today’s tickers: SAP, CTRP & JBLU

SAP - SAP AG – Put options on SAP are active on Friday, with shares in the software company down more than 4.0% in the early going at $72.42. SAP’s shares are declining in sympathy with Accenture, the world’s second-largest technology-consulting company, after that company posted lower-than-expected third-quarter revenue after the closing bell on Thursday. Traders positioning for shares in SAP to potentially extend declines during the next few weeks picked up roughly 2,000 puts at the Jul $72.5 strike for an average premium of $1.97 each. The bearish strategy makes money at expiration in the event that SAP’s shares slide 2.6% from today’s low of $72.42 to breach the average breakeven point on the downside at $70.53. Shares in the name, down nearly 12% since the start of 2013, last traded below $70.53 back in November of 2012. SAP is scheduled to report second-quarter earnings ahead of the open on July 18th.

CTRP - Ctrip.com International, Ltd. – Upside call options on Ctrip.com are active this morning, with shares in the online provider of travel services in China rising 2.0% to $33.38 during morning trading. The most heavily traded contracts as measured by volume thus far in the session are the Aug $34 strike calls, with roughly 2,500 lots in play versus open interest of 12 contracts. Time and sales data suggests most of the calls were purchased within a few minutes of the opening bell at an average premium of $2.03 apiece. Call buyers stand ready to profit at expiration in August should shares in CTRP rally another 10% over the current price of $32.87 to exceed the average breakeven point at $36.03. Ctrip.com’s shares are up better than than 90% since this time last year.

JBLU - JetBlue Airways Corp – Takeover chatter sparked heavier than usual trading traffic in out-of-the-money call options on air carrier, JetBlue, Inc., this morning. Shares in the…
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News Corp Options Active After Earnings

 

Today’s tickers: NWSA, IYR & CTRP

NWSA - News Corporation – Trading traffic in News Corp call options in the early going on Thursday indicate some traders are positioning for the price of the underlying to continue marching to fresh record highs in the near term. The stock today increased as much as 6.8%, hitting a new all-time high of $34.04 after the global media company reported third-quarter net income that topped average analyst estimates. Traders looking for the up-trend to extend into next week snapped up front month calls, picking up around 200 calls at the May $34 strike at a premium of $0.25 each, and buying roughly 500 calls at the May $35 strike for an average premium of $0.15 per contract. Call buyers stand ready to profit at expiration next week should shares in News Corp rally another 3.8% and 6.5% over the current price of $33.00 to surpass average breakeven points at $34.25 and $35.15, respectively. Shares in News Corp, which plans to split into two companies, are up roughly 65% since this time last year.

IYR - iShares Dow Jones U.S. Real Estate Index ETF – Shares in the IYR, an ETF that provides exposure to U.S. real estate stocks and REITs, slipped 0.40% today to $73.90, after earlier this week trading up to a record high of $74.31 on the heels of a more than 15% rally since this time last year. The fund popped up on our ‘most active by options volume’ market scanner during the first half hour of the session following a large trade in the June expiry put options. It looks like one strategist purchased a block of 25,000 puts at the Jun $72 strike for a premium of $0.55 apiece. The trade makes money if shares in the IYR decline more than 3.0% from the current level to trade below the effective breakeven price of $71.45 by June expiration. The Jun $72 strike puts were active last week as well, with roughly 10,000 contracts purchased last Wednesday…
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Bullish Bets Build In Wynn Resorts Weekly Options

 

Today’s tickers: WYNN, CTRP, DTV & WMT

WYNN - Wynn Resorts, Ltd. – Weekly options on Wynn Resorts are humming with activity today on news the casino operator is cutting ties with principal shareholder and director, Kazuo Okada. Wynn is the biggest gainer in the S&P 500 Index this afternoon, with the stock trading 6.7% higher on the day at $120.24. Options activity suggests some traders expect the stock to extend gains on the news, at least through the end of this week. Feb. ’24 $120 strike calls printed the most volume of the weekly contracts, with some 2,660 lots changing hands against open interest of 204 positions. It looks like most of the $120 strike calls were purchased for an average premium of $2.04 apiece. Traders long the contracts stand ready to profit at expiration in the event that Wynn’s shares rally another 1.5% to surpass the average breakeven price of $122.04. Bullish activity spread to the higher Feb. ’24 $125 strike where around 1,100 call options were snapped up at an average premium of $0.50 each. Finally, fresh interest is building in far out-of-the-money contracts at the Feb. ’24 $130 strike where some 925 contracts traded against zero open positions. Most of the calls appear to have been purchased for an average premium of $0.16 each, positioning traders to profit should shares soar 8.25% to top the average breakeven price of $130.16 by expiration. Shares in WYNN last traded above $130.16 in November of last year.

CTRP - Ctrip.com International, Ltd. – Shares in China’s largest online travel site took a big hit Tuesday after the Company reported lower-than-expected fourth-quarter earnings on Monday. The earnings miss was followed by a number of analyst downgrades, helping drive Ctrip.com’s shares down as much as 10.3% to an intraday…
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Ctrip.com Call Options In Play As Shares Move Higher

 

Today’s tickers: CTRP, MBLX & MFC

CTRP - Ctrip.com International, Ltd. – The travel service provider’s shares, which failed to join in on the stock market rally at the end of 2011 and beginning of the New Year, continue to buck the trend today, rallying 2.5% to $24.40, on a mostly down day for equities. Options activity in the front month suggests at least one strategist expects CTRP’s shares to extend gains in the near term. Shares in the provider of information on hotel reservations, airline tickets and packaged tours for business and leisure travelers in China tanked during the prior 12-month period, with the stock down more than 50.0% off the 52-week high of $50.57 set back in April. An upgrade of CTRP to ‘positive’ from ‘neutral’ with a 12-month target share price of $37.00 at Susquehanna may have helped spur bullish action in the options today. Volume is heaviest at the Jan. $26 strike where more than 2,800 calls changed hands against open interest of 620 contracts. The majority of the calls were purchased for an average premium of $0.29 each, implying potential profits for buyers if Ctrip.com’s shares rally another 7.75% to exceed the average breakeven price of $26.29 at expiration next week. The front month calls expire ahead of the Company’s fourth-quarter earnings release scheduled for February 13.

MBLX - Metabolix Inc. – Shares in Metabolix more than halved Friday on news Archer Daniels Midland Co. ended a joint venture with the plant-derived chemical producer. The already badly-bruised stock is now down more than 55.0% on the day at a record low of $2.65 as of 12:00 PM in New York. Put options on Metabolix are changing hands more than eight times for each single call option in…
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Options On MetroPCS Pop Post Earnings

Today’s tickers: PCS, CTRP, PLL & TLM

PCS - MetroPCS Communications, Inc. – Shares in the wireless communications provider dropped like a rock this morning after the company’s profits for the second quarter came in below analyst estimates. MetroPCS shares surrendered 35.5% at times this morning to secure an intraday low of $10.44. The sharp correction in the price of the underlying spurred frenzied options trading in the front month. Investors engaged diverse strategies on the pay-as-you-go wireless operator, with some traders positioning for the price of the underlying to rebound and others betting bearish momentum has not yet run its course. Strategists expecting shares to recover somewhat ahead of expiration this month picked up more than 2,200 calls at the August $12 strike for an average premium of $0.30 a-pop. Call buyers profit if shares in PCS bounce 17.8% off its lowest point of the day to exceed the average breakeven price of $12.30 by August expiration. Like-minded optimists scooped up some 675 calls out at the September $13 strike for an average premium of $0.31 each. Meanwhile, bearish players purchased 1,400 puts at the August $11 strike at an average premium of $0.51 apiece, and picked up another 300 puts at the lower August $10 strike for an average premium of $0.19 per contract. Investors long the puts profit in the event that shares in PCS edge beneath the average breakeven prices of $10.49 and $9.81 by expiration, respectively. Finally, pre-earnings put buyers have a lot to smile about today. It looks like investors purchased around 4,000 puts at the August $14 strike for an average premium of $0.24 each on Monday. Securing the right to sell MetroPCS shares at $14.00 each today costs $3.20 per put option. In other words, the value of those put positions increased more than 13-fold overnight.…
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Value of Large Temple-Inland Call Spread Pops Post-IP Takeover Attempt

Today’s tickers: TIN, CA, CTRP & VPRT

TIN - Temple-Inland, Inc. – Just under two weeks ago we made note of a sizable bullish transaction on Temple-Inland in which one strategist purchased a call spread in the January 2012 contract to position for a huge rally in shares of the corrugated packaging producer by expiration. As it turns out, the run-up in the price of the underlying stock arrived far sooner than predicted by the spread, with shares soaring 42.6% at the start of today’s session to an intraday- and multi-year high $29.97 following a hostile $3.31 billion takeover offer from International Paper Co. The bullish investor paid a net premium of $1.10 per contract back on May 25 – when shares in TIN were trading around $22.81 – for the 6,425-lot Jan. 2012 $25/$30 call spread. Call open interest at these strikes indicates the trader is still holding on to the position. To purchase the same Jan. 2012 $25/$30 call spread in the aftermath of the takeover bid, one would need to shell out a net premium of $3.70 per contract at present, which is $2.60 per contract more than the investor paid less than two weeks prior. Meanwhile, options traders taking to Temple-Inland today are focusing their attention on nearer-term contracts. Frenzied put selling is taking place at the June $29 strike where it looks like at least 6,500 puts sold for an average premium of $0.17 each. Traders short the puts keep the full amount of premium received on the transaction as long as shares in TIN exceed $29.00 through June expiration. Approximately 9,100 puts appear to have changed hands at that strike against zero open positions as of 11:45am in New York. Temple-Inland’s overall reading of options implied volatility is currently 32.8% lower to arrive at 23.76%.…
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Buy-Write Strategist Sinks Teeth into Apple Call Options

Today’s tickers: AAPL, AUXL, CSX, CTRP, SNDK, CPB & SLV

AAPL – Apple, Inc. – Options investors fluttered about the iPhone maker today populating the stock with various trading strategies and exchanged more than 234,000 contracts on the stock by 3:40 pm (ET). Apple’s shares are up 0.40% to stand at $247.95 with the final bell set to ring in approximately 15 minutes, but earlier in the session the stock rallied as much as 2.37% to touch an intraday high of $252.80. One strategist expecting the price of the underlying stock to increase sharply ahead of July 16 expiration day initiated a buy-write transaction today. It looks like the investor sold roughly 1,300 calls at the July $280 strike for an average premium of $6.00 apiece and simultaneously purchased Apple shares at an average price of $251.90 each. The premium received for writing the call options effectively reduces the average price paid to purchase shares of the underlying stock to $245.90 apiece. Thus, the covered call strategy positions the investor to walk away with maximum gains of 13.87% should Apple’s shares trade above $280.00 at expiration. Shares of the iPad manufacturer have not exceeded $279.01 in the past 52-weeks. But, the bullish player certainly reduced the cost of getting long Apple shares and is positioned to benefit nicely from upward momentum in the price of the underlying stock whether or not shares are called from him at expiration day in July.

AUXL – Auxilium Pharmaceuticals, Inc. – Shares of the specialty biopharmaceutical company fell as much as 6.85% during the trading session to attain a new 52-week low of $19.99. AUXL’s shares declined following a downgrade to ‘perform’ from ‘outperform’ at Oppenheimer this morning, and are currently down 4.3% to close the trading day at $20.54. The decline in Auxilium’s shares today inspired one options investor to purchase a plain-vanilla debit put spread on the stock. The trader purchased 2,000 now deep in-the-money puts at the July $22.5 strike for a premium of $2.85 apiece, spread against the sale of the same number of puts at the lower July $20 strike for a premium of $1.20 each. The net cost of the transaction amounts to $1.65 per contract, thus positioning the bearish player to accrue maximum potential profits of $0.85 per contract if shares of the underlying stock trade below $20.00 by July expiration day.

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Gold Bull Buys Butterfly Spread

Today’s tickers: GLD, AA, KR, AMD, HAL, LOW, CTRP, STR & LPX

GLD – SPDR Gold Trust ETF – Gilded butterfly wings unfurled in the July contract on the GLD, an exchange-traded fund designed to mirror the performance of the price of gold bullion, in afternoon trading with shares of the underlying fund flying 1.30% higher at a new 52-week high of $122.24. Options investors exchanged more than 478,100 contracts on the gold fund as of 3:35 pm (ET). Overall, trading action on the GLD was dominated by bullish players tossing around more than 2 call options to each single put option in play today. One bullish individual expecting the price of gold bullion to continue to appreciate in the next few months purchased a call butterfly spread in the July contract. The investor picked up 6,500 calls at the July $123 strike for an average premium of $4.40 each [wing 1], in combination with the purchase of 6,500 calls at the higher July $143 strike for $0.63 apiece [wing 2]. The third leg of the trade centered at the July $133 strike where 13,000 calls were sold for a premium of $1.59 a-pop [body]. The net cost of the spread amounts to $1.85 per contract and represents maximum loss potential assumed by the investor responsible for the transaction. Shares of the GLD must rally at least 2.15% over the new 52-week high of $122.24 before the investor starts to make money above the effective breakeven price of $124.85. Maximum potential profits of $8.15 per contract are available to the trader should shares of the underlying fund surge 8.80% to settle at $133.00 by July expiration. The spread is a very efficient way for this individual to take a bullish stance because the potential rewards are 4.4 times greater than potential losses.

AA – Alcoa, Inc. – The sale of a large chunk of June contract call options may be the work of an optimistic investor initiating a covered call on the stock. The aluminum maker’s shares are currently up 2.80% to $12.47 with 10 minutes remaining the session. It looks like one investor sold 19,000 calls at the June $13 strike for a premium of $0.42 apiece at around 1:06:16 pm (ET) when shares of the underlying stock were trading at $12.45 each. If the calls were sold in combination with the purchase of 1.9 million shares of stock –…
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Bullish Ddollar Index ETF Intrigues Once Again

Today’s tickers: UUP, VIX, FSLR, HMY, M, GMCR, CTRP & DOW

UUP – PowerShares DB US Dollar Bullish Fund – A pair of bullish risk reversals on the PowerShares US Dollar Bullish Fund suggests today’s sharp rally for the dollar will likely continue over the next several months. We observed massive bullish plays on the UUP over the past couple of weeks, some tied to machinations of whether or not the fund had enough shares in circulation. But today’s activity predicts far more extreme movements in the price of the dollar index. The UUP is current up 1.4% to $22.80, while the dollar index, which it supposedly tracks, is up just 0.7%. Investors sold 4,700 deep in-the-money put options at the December 29 strike for an average premium of 6.30 apiece, spread against the purchase of 4,700 calls at the same strike for one nickel each. The high-delta put options hold very little extrinsic value because expiration is just over one month away. Thus, investors are expecting the intrinsic value of the puts to decline. The only way this will occur is if the dollar rallies forcing the UUP to increase. If traders’ bullish predictions are correct, the value of the long calls will appreciate, while premium on the short puts erodes. Such a scenario allows investors to profit by buying back the puts for less than the 6.25 net premium received on the reversal. A similar uber-bullish strategy was employed at the January 2010 28 strike price where investors sold 4,250 deep-in-the-money puts short for about 5.30 each, and purchased the same number of calls for 5 cents apiece.

VIX – CBOE Vix index – With the equity market down and the dollar on the rise, investors across different asset classes today appear to be blaming one another for prevailing direction. No one seems to know why anything is moving in the fashion it is. The suggestion of course is that risk appetite is on the demise and fear is picking up. Compounding such indecision in the volatility class are trades suggesting ongoing disparate views on the fortunes for equities going forward. The so-called fear gauge is 5% higher at 24.90 today while trading has been two way. In the November options one investor loaded up on 25,000 call options at a 25 cent premium suggesting that the index will be above 25 when options expire next Tuesday. The…
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The Danger Of Deeper OPEC+ Cuts

Courtesy of ZeroHedge View original post here.

Authored by Nick Cunningham via OilPrice.com,

OPEC+ agreed to cut production by 500,000 bpd, sending oil prices higher on Friday. During mid-day trading, WTI was just shy of $60 per barrel, and Brent moved closer to $65.

In total, the 1.2 million-barrel-per-day (mb/d) cuts from OPEC will rise to 1.7 mb/d. Those details had been reported on Thursday. But when OPEC+ made it official on Friday, Saudi Arabia also assured the market that it would continue with its voluntary cuts beyond what is requ...



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The Myth Of The "Great Cash Hoard" Of 2019

Courtesy of Lance Roberts, RealInvestmentAdvice.com

Tell me if you heard this one lately:

“There’s a trillion dollars in cash sitting on the sidelines just waiting to come into the market.” 

No.

Well, here it is directly from the Wall Street Journal:

“Assets in money-market funds have grown by $1 trillion over the last three years to their highest level in around a decade, according to Lipper data. A variety of factors are fueling the flows, from higher money-market rates to concerns over the health of the 10-year economic expansion and an aging ...



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Are Bank Stocks Sending Bullish Message To Investors?

Courtesy of Chris Kimble

Just as the health of the banking sector is a big deal to the economy, it’s equally important to the S&P 500 (SPY) and broader stock market.

Although the bull market has grinding higher, it’s awaiting confirmation from the banks and banks stocks.

Today’s chart is of the S&P 500 Bank ETF (KBE) and shows how the banks are at an important juncture in time and price.

KBE (the bank ETF) is testing the upper end of a falling channel, offering bulls an opportunity for a breakout – see point (2).

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Insider Scoop

KalVista Shares Sink On Failed Mid-Stage Study Of Diabetic Macular Edema Drug

Courtesy of Benzinga

Shares of thinly-traded micro-cap biotech Kalvista Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: KALV) are seen moving to the downside Monday.

What Happened

Massachusetts-based KalVista, which focuses on developing small molecule protease inhibitors, said a Phase 2 study that evaluated its KVD001 in patients with diabetic macular edema, who were poor responders to previous treatment with anti-VEGF t...



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The Road To Retirement: Millennials Put Their Faith In Bitcoin But Goldman Says Go With Gold

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"Drop Gold" - the ever-present tagline of Grayscale's Bitcoin Trust TV commercial - appears to be working its magic on a certain cohort of society.

2019 has seen assets under management in GBTC soar...

Source: Bloomberg

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Chart Shows the Fed Ramping Up Not QE - Funding Almost All Treasury Issuance

 

Chart Shows the Fed Ramping Up Not QE – Funding Almost All Treasury Issuance

Courtesy of Lee Adler, Wall Street Examiner 

The Fed is ramping up “Not QE” .

The Fed bought $2.2 billion in notes today in its POMO, “not QE,” operations. Actually $2.15 billion because they sold back a whole $50 million. Must have been a little glitch in the force.

This brings the Fed’s total outright purchases of Treasuries to $170 billion since it started Not QE, on September 17.

It also did $107 billion in gross new repo loans to Primary Dealers to buy Tre...



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Chart School

Silver stock taking the sector higher

Courtesy of Read the Ticker

As the US economy begins to show late cycle characteristics like: GDP slowing, higher inflation, higher wage costs, CEO confidence slump. 

Previous Post: Gold Stocks Review

The big players in the market are looking for the next swing off good value lows. This means more money is finding it way into the gold and silver sector, and it is said gold and silver stocks actually lead the metal prices.

The cycle below shows prices are ready to move in the months ahead (older chart re posted).


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Members' Corner

Sacha Baron Cohen Uses ADL Speech to Tear Apart Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook

 

Sacha Baron Cohen Uses ADL Speech to Tear Apart Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook

By Matt Wilstein

Excerpt:

Sacha Baron Cohen accepted the International Leadership Award at the Anti-Defamation League’s Never is Now summit on anti-Semitism and hate Thursday. And the comedian and actor used his keynote speech to single out the one Jewish-American who he believes is doing the most to facilitate “hate and violence” in America: Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

He began with a joke at the Trump administration’s expense. “Thank you, ADL, for this recognition and your work in fighting racism, hate and bigotry,” Baron Cohen said, according to his prepared...



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The Technical Traders

VIX Warns Of Imminent Market Correction

Courtesy of Technical Traders

The VIX is warning that a market peak may be setting up in the global markets and that investors should be cautious of the extremely low price in the VIX. These extremely low prices in the VIX are typically followed by some type of increased volatility in the markets.

The US Federal Reserve continues to push an easy money policy and has recently begun acquiring more dept allowing a deeper move towards a Quantitative Easing stance. This move, along with investor confidence in the US markets, has prompted early warning signs that the market has reached near extreme levels/peaks. 

Vix Value Drops Before Monthly Expiration

When the VIX falls to levels below 12~13, this typically v...



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Why telling people with diabetes to use Walmart insulin can be dangerous advice

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Why telling people with diabetes to use Walmart insulin can be dangerous advice

A vial of insulin. Prices for the drug, crucial for those with diabetes, have soared in recent years. Oleksandr Nagaiets/Shutterstock.com

Courtesy of Jeffrey Bennett, Vanderbilt University

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How IPOs Are Priced

Via Jean Luc 

Funny but probably true:

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