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Bearish Options Change Hands On Corrections Corp. Of America

 

Today’s tickers: CXW, HUM & RRGB

CXW - Corrections Corporation of America – Put options in play on prison operator, Corrections Corporation of America, this morning indicates one or more traders may be bracing for shares in the name to pullback sharply in the near term. The largest U.S. owner and operator of privatized correctional and detention facilities likely reports fourth-quarter earnings next week. The stock today trades 1.0% lower to stand at $37.75 as of midday in New York, on a down day for U.S. stocks. The Mar. $34 strike puts are the most active options changing hands on CXW today, with 5,000 puts trading against open interest of 390 contracts. It looks like most of the $34 puts were purchased in the early going for an average premium of $0.48 apiece. Put buyers stand ready to profit at March expiration should shares in Corrections Corp. of America decline 11% from the current price of $37.75 to breach the average breakeven point on the downside at $33.54. Shares in CXW, up 60% since this time last year, last traded below $33.54 at the end of November.

HUM - Humana – Shares in the Louisville, Kentucky-based health care company are up better than 4.7% at $78.90 this afternoon after the company posted better-than-expected fourth-quarter earnings ahead of the opening bell. Options traders positioning for shares in Humana to extend gains during the next six months snapped up August expiry calls on the stock. The August $82.5 strike calls changed hands upwards of 790 times during the first half of the session, with the bulk of the contracts purchased for an average premium of $3.40 each. Bulls long the $82.5 strike calls stand ready to profit at expiration should HUM’s shares rally another 9% to exceed the average breakeven price of $85.90. Meanwhile, traders positioning for Humana’s shares to potentially hit a fresh 52-week high by expiration in six months picked up roughly 360 calls at the Aug. $95 strike for an average premium of $0.75 apiece. Traders long the $95 strike call options make money if…
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Humana Call Options Fly Off the Shelves as Shares Hit New 2-Year High

 Today’s tickers: HUM, SIGA, ALXN, CBS, REP & GAP

HUM - Humana Inc. – Call options on the health benefits company are in high demand this afternoon with shares of the underlying stock trading higher by 3.15% to arrive at $53.85 in the final hour of the session. Shares rallied as much as 3.965% earlier today to secure a new 2-year high of $54.27. An analyst at Wedbush said earlier that health insurers may wind up reporting a better third quarter than previously forecast. Additionally, she mentioned Humana is her top pick for a health insurer that’s most likely to top Wall Street estimates in the third quarter. Humana is scheduled to report results ahead of the opening bell on November 1, 2010. Activity in November contract calls indicates one big player sees today’s rally in Humana’s shares extending through to expiration day next month, post-earnings. It looks like the bullish investor purchased 14,176 calls outright at the November $55 strike for an average premium of $1.425 per contract. The call buyer makes money if HUM’s shares rally another 4.8% over the current price of $53.85 to surpass the average breakeven point to the upside at $56.425 ahead of expiration. Options implied volatility on HUM is up 11.6% to arrive at 32.71% with 35 minutes remaining in the session.

SIGA - SIGA Technologies, Inc. – Shares of the bio-defense company jumped 52.7% today to an all time high of $13.07 on reports the firm won a U.S. government contract worth up to $2.8 billion to supply its smallpox antiviral drug. The stock is currently up 42.75% at $12.22 heading into the close. Options traders initiated bullish stances on the stock right out of the gate this morning in order to position for continued appreciation in the price of SIGA’s shares. Investors picked up approximately 1,200 in-the-money calls at the October $12 strike for an average premium of $0.44 apiece, and are poised to profit should shares exceed $12.44 through expiration on Friday. Nearly 1,000 calls were…
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Sabrient Select Opportunity Portfolio

This is a follow up to Sabrient’s Select Opportunity Portfolio update a couple days ago. As part of its premium service, Sabrient sends out notices when buying a particular stock on the buy list.  Today, HUM is being added to the Select Opportunity Portfolio. – Ilene

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June 16, 2010 – Buy HUM

We are going to buy HUM at the current price level near the close today, which is $48.75 as I write this.

Humana is a health and supplemental benefits company. It is rated STRONG BUY by the Sabrient Ratings Algorithm, and it carries an Outlook score of 99, a Value Score of 70, and a Growth Score of 85. It has been recovering nicely lately to resume its year-long uptrend.

I’ll keep a mental stop below the 20-day EMA around $46.9.

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Scott Martindale
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Mega Earnings Monday – 1,000 Reports This Week!

What a crazy week this is going to be!

Pre-Market we're hearing from BLK, CAT (are we building stuff?), EXP, HTZ, HUM, LO, TUES and TZOO and later we will hear from BSX, CHH, OLN, RSH, RCII, TXN (major) and my "friendbuddypal" Cramer's TSCM (if they are not delayed).  Revenues at The Street have crept back up this year in a recovery that pretty much mirrors the market.  The company does pay a nice 2.6% dividend, which works out to a nice $200,000 bonus on Jimmy's 2.1M shares (6.7% of the company) so you know that bonus will be a priority for the company.  Cramer was BUYBUYBUYing his own stock at $2.41 in January but sadly they have no options to hedge…  They might make a nice pick-up after earnings if they disappoint and head back to $3 or less.

I'm full of useful information on hundreds of stocks right now because I've been researching our new Buy List but I'm not pleased with what I've been seeing so far and this week's tidal wave of earnings, with 1,000 companies reporting means we're in no hurry to dip our toes in the water.  I told Members this morning I should probably be working on a Sell List, as it's much easier to find companies I want to short than ones I want to buy.  Even in the Weekly Wrap-Up, we featured a 1,900% downside hedge on the Russell to offset the 566% plays and other bullish plays we've begun to reluctantly take, just so we don't feel too silly in this runaway market. 

If you have never watched Jim Cramer discussing the sleazy, manipulative ways he used to game the markets – you really must take 10 minutes and watch this video, where Jim explains how any immoral bastard with $10M can yank the entire futures market around at will.  He prefaces one of his favorite strategies with "this is blatantly illegal but.. I think it's really important… these are things you MUST do on a day like today and if you are not doing it, maybe you shouldn't be in the game."  Are you playing the game or are you being played? 

The biggest game ever played may be unwinding as we speak.  Bloomberg reports that foreign-exchange profits from carry trades are disappearing as differences in central
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Pessimism Apparent as Goldman-Bears Play with Put Options

Today’s tickers: GS, MU, PEG, CX, XRX, IYT, EEM, HOG, HUM & ALL

GS – Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. – Posturing in out-of-the-money put options on Goldman Sachs today indicates some investors expect the investment banking firm’s share price could erode substantially ahead of May expiration. Goldman’s shares slipped 1.5% during the trading session to stand at $160.94 as of 2:30 pm (ET). One pessimistic player invested in a debit put spread in order to position for continued bearish movement in the price of the underlying stock through expiration next month. The trader picked up approximately 11,700 puts at the May $145 strike for an average premium of $1.91 each, and sold the same number of puts at the lower May $120 strike for $0.16 apiece. Net premium paid for the put transaction amounts to $1.75 per contract. The trader makes money if Goldman’s shares fall 11% to breach the effective breakeven point to the downside at $143.25. Maximum available profits of $23.25 per contract are available to the options player should the financial services firm’s share price plummet 25% to $120.00 ahead of expiration day in May. Other bearish players engaged in plain-vanilla put buying at the June $150 strike where at least 3,600 put contracts were picked up for an average premium of $4.73 each. Put-buyers at this strike stand ready to accrue profits if Goldman Sachs’ share price slips 9.75% lower to breach the average breakeven point at $145.27 by June expiration.

MU – Micron Technology Inc. – A large-volume short strangle play employed on the manufacturer of semiconductor devices today suggests one big options player expects Micron’s shares to trade within a specified range through expiration in October. Micron Technology’s shares are up 0.10% to $10.81 as of 2:50 pm (ET). It looks like one trader sold approximately 24,000 puts at the October $9.0 strike for a premium of $0.73 each, in combination with the sale of about the same number of calls at the higher October $12 strike for $0.98 apiece. Gross premium pocketed by the strangle-strategist amounts to $1.71 per contract. The investor keeps the full amount of premium received today as long as Micron’s shares trade within the boundaries of the strike prices described through expiration day. Short positions assumed in both call and put options expose the trader to losses in the event that Micron’s shares rally above the upper breakeven price…
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Monday Market Movement – Pattern Recognition

Here’s a scary chart pattern for you from our Chart School:

Elliot Wave Trends points out that the S&P has fallen into a fractal patten that may be repeating the behavior of the great drop of ’08, right here, right now.  Of course patterns do SEEM to repeat themselves all the time – until they don’t – but it will be interesting this week and next to see if we follow-through with a flatline, followed by a drop to 1,000 from which we falsely back to 1,050 and then plunge to our doom as Santa foresakes us and we run all the way back down to our lows.

That’s where they lose me.  Charts are fun and all but I see no basis for going back to our lows as our lows were ridiculous and caused by panic-selling in a doomsday scenario.  Hard to imagine things will fall apart that badly between now and Jan earnings although I do believe we will have a rough time — just not that rough! 

Economy barrons surveyBarron’s surveyed Money Managers this weekend and they don’t seem to think things will be rough at all.  52% of those surveyed think there is NO WAY we will have a double dip recession.  76% believe that the decline in corporate profits has ended and 68% believe our GDP wil grow more than 2.5% in Q4 while just 10% believe it is possible for commodity pricing to fall in the next 6 months.  You know what they say about when everyone is on the same side of a bet of course! 

These are the people we give our money to – the biggest and "brightest" of hedge fund managers who control over $1Tn of assets under management.  Favorite stocks in the group are: MSFT, ABT, BAC, BRK.A, CVS, GE, GS, LEG and QCOM.  Stocks that are considered overvalued are: AIG, AAPL, GOOG, CAT, AMZN, C, GE, GMCR, VZ and YHOO.  Ony 7% think Asian stocks are heading lowed, just 1% less than 8% who feel oil is going down; 92% don’t feel oil will go down

Everybody likes Tech (just 0.9% think it will be the worst performing sector) and nobody likes the Financials (22.5% think it will be the worst performing sector) followed by Consumer Cyclicals (20.7%) and, oddly, Utilities (15.3%).  The sectors picked as the best performers for the next 6-12 months are Tech (18.9%), Energy (17.1%) and Health Care (17.1%).  Only…
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Lexmark Call Buyers Out In Force

Today’s tickers: LXK, EEM, MT, VIX, HUM, IPI, MIR & UNH

LXK – The world’s fifth-largest printer and toner seller announced that printers with internet connectivity and programmable software will be available in September. Shares of LXK have enjoyed an approximate rally of 2% to $18.13. Investor’s bullish on LXK concentrated their interest in call options on the stock today. The now in-the-money August 17.5 strike price had about 1,700 calls picked up for an average premium of 1.25 apiece. Investors long of these calls are hoping shares of LXK will rise 3% from the current price to surpass the breakeven point at $18.75. Traders who are looking for an even sharper rally bought 2,000 calls at the higher August 20 strike for 35 cents per contract. Shares would need to climb higher by 12% before traders breakeven at a price of $20.35. Option implied volatility surged to 52% on the stock, up from yesterday’s reading of about 46%. – Lexmark International, Inc.

EEM– Shares of the emerging markets fund have climbed approximately 1% to stand at $31.40. The spread of a massive number of put options between the July and August contracts caught our attention today as one investor looks to be taking a bearish stance on the exchange-traded fund. It appears that some 73,000 puts were sold at the July 31 strike price for an average premium of 37 cents apiece and spread against the purchase of 73,000 puts at the lower August 30 strike for 1.07 each. The net cost of the calendar spread amounts to 70 cents to the party responsible for the transaction. Shares of EEM would need to decline by about 7% before the investor begins to garner profits at the breakeven point to the downside at $29.30. – iShares MSCI Emerging Markets Index

MT– The steel producer attracted the attention of bearish traders today amid a very slight dip in shares by less than 0.5% to $30.84. The near-term July 30 strike price saw the short sale of approximately 3,100 in-the-money calls for a premium of 1.30 per contract. Given the high degree of risk inherent in uncovered call selling, it would seem that the investors responsible for writing the calls expect shares of MT to fall below $30.00 by expiration. The full 1.30 premium received for the sale will be retained as long as the call options land out-of-the-money by this
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China Fund Sees Brisk Two-Way Action

Today’s tickers: FXI, KRE, WFC, FDX, JWN, HUM, ALL & MSFT

FXI– The Chinese ETF is higher by less than 1% to stand at $37.35, but we noticed a number of investors getting long of protective put options in the July contract. It appears that approximately 50,000 puts were purchased at the July 34 strike price for an average premium of 1.25 per contract. Due to the large size of the trade, it is likely that the investor was either already long shares of the underlying or perhaps bought shares of the stock today. The puts provide downside protection beginning at any share price below the breakeven point at $32.75. Additional put buying was observed at the nearly at-the-money July 37 strike price where about 5,000 puts were picked up for 2.53 each. Later this afternoon a large straddle has been sold at the July 38 series involving 15,000 calls and puts on each side for a combined premium of 4.35. The investor doesn’t want shares to stray above a share price of $42.35 or fall beneath $33.65 ahead of expiration. – iShares FTSE/Xinhua China 25 Index Fund

KRE– The regional banking fund has declined less than 1% to $18.97. The KRE ticker symbol leapt onto our ‘most active by options volume’ market scanner after a burst of activity in the July contract. One investor took profits today by selling to close a long put position. He originally purchased 30,000 puts at the July 22.5 strike price for 3.30 apiece back on June 2, 2009. Today He sold all 30,000 lots for 4.10 per contract. The profit on the trade amounts to 80 cents or $2,400,000. Hoping to see similar gains in the future, the same individual appears to have enacted a repeat performance by purchasing another 30,000 puts at the lower July 20 strike price for an average premium of 2.15 each. The trader will once again pocket profits if he can manage to sell to close at a price higher than the premium paid today. – SPDR KBW Regional Banking ETF

WFC– Shares of the large TARP-recipient bank have slipped more than 3% today to $23.67 amid Standard & Poor’s revision of WFC’s counterparty credit rating down to AA-/A-1+. The outlook from S&P Ratings Services is reportedly negative and options activity on the stock today suggests some investors expect continued bearish movement on the stock through expiration
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PepsiCo sees large put volume

Today’s tickers: PEP, XLY, ITT, PFE, HUM, HSY, ERTS & NTRS

PEP PepsiCo, Inc. – The global beverage, snack, and food company’s shares have rallied by more than 1% to stand at $49.75. PEP popped onto our ‘most active by options volume’ market scanner after a large volume bullish transaction was observed in the October contract. One optimistic individual targeted the October 50 strike price and sold 30,000 puts for a premium of 4.20 apiece out of some 35,000 puts sold in total at the strike. There is no existing open interest at the October 50 strike, and thus, the trade represents short selling in anticipation that shares will rise beyond $50.00 by expiration in October. This could also represent a covered put strategy (short stock and sold puts) indicating the investor’s expectation that shares might fall further. At expiration if shares are below the strike the investor would have stock put to him at $50.00 but the premium from the puts effectively reduces that price to $45.80.

XLY Consumer Discretionary Select Sector SPDR – Shares of the ETF have risen by about 0.5% to $22.60 as the ticker edged onto our ‘most active by option volume’ market scanner this afternoon due to one investor who established a ratio put spread in the June contract. It appears that this trader is looking for downside protection on the fund and so bought 12,500 puts at the June 22 strike price for 1.30 apiece spread against the sale of 25,000 puts for 65 cents at the June 20 strike price. The put spread was initiated at no cost the trader given the premium of the respective puts. If shares should decline all the way to $20.00 by expiration this individual will have reeled in the maximum profit of 2.00 possible on the trade. Profits will begin to amass to the downside at any share price below $22.00. Despite carrying a net short put position below a share price of $20.00 losses would not accrue unless shares slipped beneath $18.00, but would rise penny-for-penny thereafter.

ITT ITT Corporation – Shares of the multi-industry company engaged in the design and manufacture of engineered products have remained relatively flat for the day and currently stand at $40.73. ITT appeared on our ‘hot by options volume’ market scanner after one investor initiated a sold straddle in the July contract. It appears that the straddle was…
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The next cold war? US-China trade war risks something worse

 

The next cold war? US-China trade war risks something worse

There’s a chill in the air these days. AP Photo/Andy Wong

Courtesy of Charles Hankla, Georgia State University

President Donald Trump is making good on his pledge to escalate the trade war with China by imposing tariffs on US$200 billion of Chinese goods. The Chinese government, for its part, is already retaliating with new taxes on $60 billion of American imports. ...



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The Real Wave Is Red : Republican Sentiment Soars To Record High

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With stocks at record highs and President Trump gloating at the "record strength" of the US economy, it appears confidence is coming back as sentiment among Republicans reached an all-time record high in the latest Bloomberg Consumer Comfort Index.

That's quite a red wave...

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Lumber prices fall 45% this year, sending macro message?

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 Home and Lumber prices can send important messages to how the economy is doing. The chart above looks at Lumber prices over the past 11-years.

So far this year, Lumber and the DJ Home Construction index is diverging against the broad market. This chart highlights that Lumber is now down over 40% from its peak earlier this year.

Below compares the performance of the S&P to the DJ Home Construction index this year-

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Buybacks On The Rise, But Buyback ETFs Are Lagging

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The U.S. trade deficit with China is a dangerous scorecard as the mainland remains an unlikely source of U.S. profits

By Joe Quinlan. Originally published at ValueWalk.

With the United States and China at loggerheads over trade, investors should be aware of the many economic ties binding the two countries. Bank of America, U.S. Trust has released a new report that explores some of the finer points of U.S.-Sino relations and the strategic, but little understood, competitive advantages for corporate America.

The seven factors described below underscore the dynamism and competitiveness of U.S. companies and may help explain the resilience of U.S. large cap stocks despite ratcheting trade tensions between the U.S. and China.

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Bitcoin Update - Bullish pressure present

Courtesy of Read the Ticker.

If Venezuela or Argentina conducted business in bitcoin then their savings and wealth would be a lot better off. Yes Bitcoin and Litecoin have been volatile over the last few years,  but nothing like Bolivar (Venezuela) or the Peso (Argentina). 

You say they could use the US dollar, yes maybe so, but those who use the US dollar have to the yield to the US Federal Reserve where as bitcoin is decentralized and those who use it yield to no one.

In the next 12 to 18 months the lightning network and atomic swaps logic will forge Bitcoin and Litecoin together as the go to crypto decentralized currency. Of course massive risk, so the investor should be warned you can lose all your funds.  

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Why obvious lies still make good propaganda

 

This is very good; it's about "firehosing", a type of propaganda, and how it works.

Why obvious lies still make good propaganda

A 2016 report described Russian propaganda as:
• high in volume
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• having no commitment to objective reality
• lacking consistency

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Mania to Mania

 

Mania to Mania

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“Russell rarely played the stock market and had little investing experience when he put around $120,000 into bitcoin in November 2017.”

This comes from a CNN money article, Bitcoin crash: This man lost his savings when cryptocurrencies plunged. From January 2017 through the peak in early 2018, Ethereum gained 16,915%.

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Gene-editing technique CRISPR identifies dangerous breast cancer mutations

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Gene-editing technique CRISPR identifies dangerous breast cancer mutations

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Mistakes were Made. (And, Yes, by Me.)

Via Jean-Luc:

Famed investor reflecting on his mistakes:

Mistakes were Made. (And, Yes, by Me.)

One that stands out for me:

Instead of focusing on how value factors in general did in identifying attractive stocks, I rushed to proclaim price-to-sales the winner. That was, until it wasn’t. I guess there’s a reason for the proclamation “The king is dead, long live the king” when a monarchy changes hands. As we continued to update the book, price-to-sales was no longer the “best” single value factor, replaced by others, depending upon the time frames examined. I had also become a lot more sophisticated in my analysis—thanks to criticism of my earlier work—and realized that everything, including factors, moves in and out of favor, depending upon the market environment. I also realized...



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Swing trading portfolio - week of September 11th, 2017

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This post is for all our live virtual trade ideas and daily comments. Please click on "comments" below to follow our live discussion. All of our current  trades are listed in the spreadsheet below, with entry price (1/2 in and All in), and exit prices (1/3 out, 2/3 out, and All out).

We also indicate our stop, which is most of the time the "5 day moving average". All trades, unless indicated, are front-month ATM options. 

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