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Options Volume Pops On CA Inc. As Stock Hits Highest Since 2005

Today’s tickers: CA, GME & DGX

CA - CA, Inc. – Shares in the provider of IT management solutions rallied to the highest level since 2005 this morning, gaining as much as 6.6% in the early going to hit $29.83. An analyst at RBC Capital Markets raised his target price on the sector perform rated stock to $30.00 from $26.00 today. Options on CA Technologies are far more active than usual today, with volume in excess of 11,000 contracts versus average daily volume of around 500 contracts. June and July expiry calls also attracted heavier than usual trading traffic on Thursday, with much of the volume changing hands within minutes of the closing bell. Buyers of front month calls yesterday afternoon are seeing big overnight gains in the value of their positions today. The most-traded contracts by volume on CA yesterday were the Jun $28 strike calls. It looks like one or more traders may have purchased roughly 7,000 of the $28 calls for an average premium of $0.45 apiece. These contracts are currently trading at $1.35 each as of 11:15 a.m. ET, down from an earlier high of $2.00 in premium apiece. A burst of activity near the close of trading on Thursday occurred in the July expiry calls as well, with around 1,400 lots purchased at the $28 strike for an average premium of $0.80 each, and 500 calls picked up at each of the $29 and $30 strikes at average premiums of $0.40 and $0.20 apiece, respectively. The $28, $29 and $30 strike calls today are trading at $1.70, $1.10 and $0.65 per contract as of the time of this writing. Buyers of the bullish options yesterday have in some cases seen a three-fold increase in the value of their contracts overnight. Finally, traders positioning for shares in CA to extends gains snapped up calls on the stock straight out of the gate on Friday. Much of the volume is concentrated in the July expiry options, with calls purchased across the several in and out of the money striking prices.

GME - GameStop Corp. – Video game retailer, GameStop Corp., is in rally mode on Friday, with shares up as much as 8.2%…
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Upside Call Buyers Look For Further Gains In Travelers

 

Today’s tickers: TRV, ETH & DGX

TRV - The Travelers Companies, Inc. – The provider of commercial and personal property and casualty insurance products and services is the biggest gainer in the Dow Jones Industrial Average today, with shares up as much as 4.65% to hit a record high of $74.70, after the company reported third-quarter profits that handily beat average analyst expectations. The blowout earnings release sparked fresh bullish positioning in Travelers Cos. options this morning as some traders look for shares in the insurer to extend gains. Meanwhile, options players that snapped up TRV calls on Wednesday, prior to the earnings report, are enjoying sizable paper profits on those positions. Traders anticipating higher-highs for TRV shares by the end of this week picked up around 1,100 calls at the Oct. $75 strike for an average premium of $0.22 apiece. These contracts have one full trading day remaining until expiration, and may be profitable should shares in TRV settle above the average breakeven price of $75.22 by end of day Friday. Upside call buying spread to the November expiry options where $75 and $77.5 strike calls are most active. Traders purchased around 600 calls at each strike in the first half of the session for average premiums of $0.95 and $0.30 apiece, respectively, and may profit at November expiration in the event that TRV shares settle above breakeven prices at $75.95 and $77.80. Paper profits on positions initiated Wednesday afternoon are available for the buyer or buyers of 800 of the Oct. $72.5 strike call at an average premium of $0.15 apiece. The now deep in-the-money $72.5 strike call currently displays a last-traded price of $1.70 per contract, an 11-fold overnight-increase in the value of those options. Finally, some strategists appear to be purchasing downside protection, notably the Nov. $72.5 and $75 strike put, perhaps to lock in gains on the impressive 25% increase in Travelers shares since June.

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Call Buyers Shrug Off $2 Billion Disaster, Position For UBS Recovery Story

Today’s tickers: UBS, MHP, ESRX & DGX

UBS - UBS AG – Switzerland’s largest bank said it may be unprofitable in the third quarter due to the staggering $2 billion in trading losses one of its employees racked up in unauthorized dealing. The news sent shares in UBS down as much as 11.6% to a two-year low of $11.21, but options traders appear to have largely shrugged off concerns and are betting on a rebound in the price of the underlying. Call buying and put selling on the stock appear to be the most oft-employed strategies of the day. Investors expecting shares to recover in the next five weeks picked up roughly 3,100 calls at the October $12 strike for an average premium of $0.73 each. Call buyers profit if shares in UBS rally 12.5% over the stock’s current price of $11.32 to exceed the average breakeven point at $12.73 by expiration day next month. Meanwhile, put sellers targeted the October $10, $11 and $12 strikes, suggesting some investors expect shares to exceed those levels through October expiration. Traders pocketed an average premium of $1.27 per contract on the sale of roughly 615 puts at the October $12 strike. Premium received is money in the bank for sellers of the options as long as the contracts expire worthless next month. Longer-dated calls drew some attention, as well. Investors snapped up around 2,000 calls at the December $12 strike for an average premium of $1.10 each. Traders may see the value of these calls appreciate if shares in UBS reverse course over the next few months to December expiration. The positions are profitable at expiration if shares exceed the effective breakeven price of $13.10.

MHP - McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. – A burst of activity in McGraw-Hill call options minutes before 12:00 pm…
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Bullish for Hansen’s Monster drinks

Today’s tickers: HANS, SWKS & DGX

HANS - Hansen Natural Corp. – Earlier in the month the manufacturer of fruit juice and smoothies handsomely beat Wall Street’s earnings estimate by 20%. The distributor of Monster energy drink said international sales were doing well especially in Europe. During the past 12 months its share price has performed as a good bellwether for its revenue growth with shares jumping from $40 to $73.79 ahead of quarter one results. Before that one savvy investor showed up in the options market using calls at the $75 strike in an effort to profit from better times ahead. The investor paid $1.80 for 5,000 calls reserving the right to pay a fixed $75 to buy the stock ahead of expiration in September. It appears today that the investor is pushing his expectations higher following an accurate call last month. Spread trading in the name today shows the sale of those calls at a stimulated premium of $4.18 for a healthy 132% gain as the investor rolls in to the $80 strike at a $2.60 premium in the same calendar month today.

SWKS - Skyworks Solutions Inc. – A warning from an analyst at Deutsche Bank on Monday exacerbated a retreat from the sky for wireless chip-maker, Skyworks. Its options were among the most actively traded on Monday with almost four puts trading for each call in action. Yet the picture wasn’t entirely bearish. Deutsche Bank warned that its channel research left it concluding that when the credits roll out for Apple’s iPhone 5 in the fall, the Skyworks logo will be conspicuous by its absence. And as if the loss of sales wasn’t enough, Deutsche Bank warns that according to the outcome of meetings with its Asian contacts, the company has aggressively entered a price war to…
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Bullish Options Investor Enacts Call Spread on iShares FTSE/Xinhua China 25 Index Fund

Today’s tickers: FXI, CDNS, UTX, GS, DGX, GDP & MRK

FXI – iShares FTSE/Xinhua China 25 Index Fund – Shares of the FXI, an exchange-traded fund that seeks investment results that correspond to the price and yield performance of the FTSE/Xinhua China 25 Index, which is an index consisting of 25 of the largest and most liquid Chinese companies, fell 1% during the trading day to stand at $41.88. The slight decline in the price of the underlying shares did not, however, deter one options investor from initiating a large bullish transaction in the August contract. It looks like the trader enacted a plain-vanilla debit call spread to position for a sharp rally in the fund’s share price by expiration. The investor purchased 10,000 calls at the August $45 strike for a premium of $1.38 each, and sold the same number of calls at the higher August $50 strike for $0.40 apiece. Net premium paid for the spread amounts to $0.98 per contract. Therefore, the bullish player stands ready to accrue maximum potential profits of $4.02 per contract in the event that shares of the FXI rally more than 19.3% to exceed $50.00 by expiration day in August. The trader starts making money if the China fund’s shares surpass the effective breakeven share price of $45.98 in the next several months to expiration.

CDNS – Cadence Design Systems, Inc. – Cadence Design Systems, a firm which licenses software, sells or leases hardware technology and provides engineering and education services, experienced a 1% rally in the value of its shares to $7.18 during the trading day. The increase in the price of the underlying shares enticed bullish investors to populate November contract options on the stock. It looks like one investor initiated a bullish stance on Cadence Design Systems by selling short 7,000 in-the-money put contracts at the November $7.5 strike for an average premium of $0.975 apiece. The put seller keeps the full amount of premium pocketed on the transaction if CDNS shares rally above $7.50 by expiration day in November. The trader is apparently happy to have shares of the underlying stock put to him at an effective price of $6.525 each should the put contracts remain in-the-money at expiration. Options implied volatility is down 10.1% to 36.15% as of 3:20 pm (ET). Cadence is slated to report its first-quarter results next week after the closing bell on April…
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Emerging Markets Rally

Today’s tickers: EWZ, X, EEM, VIX, DGX, AMR & XHB

EWZ– The Brazil ETF has rallied more than 2% to $52.19 today, and we observed one investor initiating a bullish calendar spread on the fund. The trader appears to have purchased 10,000 calls at the near-term June 55 strike price for 1.30 each spread against the sale of 10,000 calls at the January 2010 55 strike price for a hefty premium of 5.20 apiece. The investor garners a sweet credit on the trade of 3.90 and is likely looking to exercise his right to call shares of the fund to him in the event that the June 55 strike calls land in-the-money by expiration. EWZ shares would need to rally by at least 5% in order for the calls to land in-the-money. – iShares MSCI Brazil Index Fund

X– Shares of the integrated steel producer have jumped more than 7% to $30.60 amid reports that U.S. raw steel production rose 3.7% last week to 1.06 million tons up from 1.023 million tons just one week prior. Although raw steel production in the U.S. is still down about 51.3% as compared to last year’s tonnage, option traders reacted positively to the slight increase reported by taking bullish stances on the stock. The near-term June 31 strike contract saw about 2,750 calls purchased for a premium of 1.75 apiece. But, the more interesting trade took place in the July contract. A bull call spread was initiated by the purchase of 7,000 calls at the July 33 strike price for 2.10 each spread against the sale of 7,000 calls at the higher July 40 strike for an average of 65 cents apiece. The net cost of the trade amounts to 1.45 and yields a maximum potential profit to the investor of 5.55 if shares can rally up to $40.00 by expiration. This optimistic individual will begin to amass profits if shares rise by about 6% to the breakeven point at $34.45. – United States Steel Corporation

EEM– The emerging market ETF has experienced a share price rally of more than 2% to $32.44 today prompting some traders to shed downside protection. Out of the more than 31,000 puts sold at the December 31 strike price for a premium of 3.45 apiece, 28,300 of the contracts were shed by one investor. Such a trade suggests that the individual does not see shares declining through
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Four journalists, one newspaper: Time Magazine's Person of the Year recognises the global assault on journalism

Courtesy of Peter Greste, The University of Queensland

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Silver miners testing key breakout level!

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Silver miners (SIL) have had a rough 7-years, as the ETF finds itself nearly 75% below its 2011 highs. No doubt the long-term trend remains down.

SIL is has declined 27% since the first of this year (See chart below), where it is testing a falling support line at (1), with momentum currently at the lowest levels in 5-years.

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Weekly Market Recap Dec 09, 2018

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