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Tiffany Puts In Play Ahead Of Earnings; Options Suggest Upside In Chemical Cos.

 

Today’s tickers: TIF, GRA & DOW

TIF - Tiffany & Co. – Options on Tiffany & Co. are more active than usual today, the final day to trade the contracts ahead of the luxury jewelry retailer’s second-quarter earnings report scheduled for release prior to the opening bell on Monday. Shares in Tiffany are off their lows of the session, down 0.25% at $58.30 as of 11:40 a.m. ET. The stock has struggled in 2012 on concerns luxury spending will slow; a strong run in the first three months of the year marked by a year-to-date high of $74.20 in March evaporated in the second quarter amid European debt crisis concerns and China growth worries. The pullback picked up steam in May after Tiffany cut its full year guidance for sales and profits, with the stock touching down at a 52-week low of $49.72 at the end of June. Tiffany’s shares have improved off the June low, but one options play on the stock this morning suggests the shares could slip again following earnings. It looks like one strategist purchased 900 puts at the Sep. $55 strike and sold 1,800 puts at the lower Sep. $50 strike, all for a net premium outlay of $0.70 per contract. The position makes money if shares in Tiffany fall 7% from the current level to breach the effective breakeven price of $54.30, with maximum potential profits of $4.30 available on the spread should shares plunge 14% to settle at $50.00 by expiration next month. The options trader could be hedging a long position in the stock prior to the earnings report on Monday, or placing an outright bearish stance on the luxury retailer. If the stock rallies on better-than-expected results next week, the trader may lose the full amount of premium paid to establish the position.

GRA - W.R. Grace & Co. – A large options combination spread initiated on specialty chemical producer, W.R. Grace & Co., this morning…
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Bearish Player Foresees Fall From W.R. Grace & Co.

Today’s tickers: GRA, BAC, XEC & UNT

GRA - W.R. Grace & Co. – Bearish activity in options covering the producer of specialty chemicals and materials today suggests shares in W.R. Grace & Co. may extend losses through the end of 2011, and into the New Year. GRA’s shares today trade 3.5% lower on the session at $34.26. The stock has fallen 34.7% since July 26, when shares were trading up at a more than 10-year high of $52.50. One options player expecting shares to continue to head south for the winter purchased a 530-lot Jan. 2012 $22.5/$32.5 put spread for a net premium of $2.95 per contract. The investor may be taking an outright bearish stance on the stock, or could be building up downside protection to hedge a long position in the underlying shares. The spread positions the trader to profit should GRA’s shares drop 13.75% from the current price of $34.26 to breach the effective breakeven point to the downside at $29.55 by January expiration. Maximum potential profits of $7.05 per contract pad the investor’s wallet if shares in W.R. Grace & Co. plunge 34.3% to trade below $22.50 at expiration in 2012. Options implied volatility on the stock is up 9.9% at 66.67% just before 12:20 pm ET. The company’s Senior VP and CFO, Hudson La Force, is scheduled to present at the 2011 KeyBanc Capital Markets Basic Materials & Packaging Conference in Boston tomorrow, as well as at the Credit Suisse Chemicals and Ag Science Conference in New York City on Thursday.

BAC - Bank of America Corp. – Shares in Bank of America Corp. rallied earlier in the session, perhaps signaling markets are eager to learn more about CEO Brian Moynihan’s Project New BAC. The stock turned negative in early-afternoon trade, but continues to outperform…
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Investors Feed on Darden Restaurants Call and Put Options Ahead of Earnings

 Today’s tickers: DRI, AKS, GRA & GMXR

DRI - Darden Restaurants, Inc. – Options strategists are feasting on near-term call and put options on the operator of eateries such as Red Lobster and Olive Garden ahead of the firm’s second-quarter earnings report, which is scheduled for release before the market opens on Tuesday. Shares in Darden Restaurants rallied as much as 1.6% during the session to touch an intraday high of $50.67. The impending earnings announcement as well as increased demand for options on the stock lifted Darden’s overall reading of options implied volatility 12.0% to 33.20% as of 12:40pm in New York. Investors expecting shares to shatter the current 52-week high of $50.83 by January 2011 expiration scooped up in-the-money call options. It looks like bulls purchased roughly 2,000 now in-the-money calls at the January 2011 $50 strike for an average premium of $1.92 per contract. Call buyers are prepared to profit should shares in Darden Restaurants jump 2.5% over today’s high of $50.67 to surpass the average breakeven price on the calls at $51.92 by January expiration day. Meanwhile, traders wary that shares of the underlying stock may slip following earnings picked up roughly 1,800 puts at the same January 2011 $50 strike for an average premium of $1.76 each. Put buyers at this strike are poised to profit in the event that the restaurant operator’s shares decline 4.8% to trade below the effective breakeven point on the downside at $48.24 by expiration next month.

AKS - AK Steel Holding Corp. – Options activity on the steel producer today suggests one strategist expects shares in AK Steel Holding Corp. to remain range-bound over the next six months to June 2011 expiration. AK Steel’s shares fell as much as 3.4% during the first half of the trading session to touch down at an intraday low of $15.72. The steel maker’s shares rallied sharply at the end of last week, rising 14.3% from Wednesday’s closing price of $14.42 to Friday’s high of $16.48. But, the sale…
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First Federal Execution In 17 Years Halted On Coronavirus Fears

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A year ago the Department of Justice announced for the first time in nearly two decades the resumption of capital punishment in federal cases, with Attorney General William Barr announcing the process for the execution of five death-row in mates is set to move forward, marking the first federal executions since 2003

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Proposed Ban on Sugary Soft Drinks Could Save Billions

By JOHN F. BANZHAF. Originally published at ValueWalk.

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Dow 2020 Crash Watch - Update

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Like 1929 the markets have bounced. This time it is on the back of the FED $6.5T money printing.

Previous Post: Dow 2020 Crash Watch 

But can the FED blow $6T every time the market rolls down to test support.

Yes, maybe before the US 2020 elections the FED will do 'what it takes'. But post elections not so much, the year 2021 is a long way from the next election (presidential or congress) and defense of the markets may not be so supportive at $6T or $10T per market smash. The FED may hesitate, and that will be window for stocks to break lower.

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Coronavirus's painful side effect is deep budget cuts for state and local government services

 

Coronavirus's painful side effect is deep budget cuts for state and local government services

Washington state cut both merit raises and instituted furloughs as it faced a projected $8.8 billion budget deficit because of the coronavirus. Wolfgang Kaehler/LightRocket via Getty Images

Courtesy of Carla Flink, American University

Nationwide, state and local government leaders are warning of major budget cuts as a result of the pandemic. One state – ...



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Red Hot China Attempting Key Breakout, Says Joe Friday

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China ETF (FXI) has been “Red Hot” of late? Is it about to run out of steam or will it remain on fire going forward?

This chart of FXI comes from Investors Business Daily and Marketsmith.com. It reflects that FXI is above key long-term moving averages and its RS ratings is moving sharply higher of late.

Line (1) has been support and resistance several times over the past 3-years. The rally of late has FXI ...



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Retail Traders & Investors Squeezed to Buy High-Risk Assets Again

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Yes, we certainly live in interesting times.  This, the last segment of our multi-part article on the current Q2 and Q3 2020 US and global economic expectations, as well as current data points, referencing very real ongoing concerns, we urge you to continue using common sense to help protect your assets and families from what we believe will be a very volatile end to 2020.  If you missed the first two segments of this research article, please take a moment to review them before continuing.

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The COVID 19 pandemic is, predictably, worsening again in much of the US. Only the Northeast, and to a lesser extent some Midwestern states, have been consistently improving. And that trend could also reverse as those states fully reopen.

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Blockchains can trace foods from farm to plate, but the industry is still behind the curve

 

Blockchains can trace foods from farm to plate, but the industry is still behind the curve

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