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Bulls Bubbly On PepsiCo, Marathon Petroleum Bears Bank Profits

Today’s tickers: PEP, MPC, HWD & PWR

PEP - PepsiCo, Inc. – The global food and beverage company saw heavy call action on Wednesday after the New York Post reported that the company’s board is divided on the subject of possibly splitting up the company, and that PepsiCo CEO, Indra Nooyi, may be close to making two large international acquisitions. PEP shares are up 2.0% at $65.79 as of 12:05 PM ET. Notable bullish interest is building in the Dec. $67.5 strike call, where is appears a number of strategists are positioning for shares in Pepsi to continue to climb. Investors exchanged more than 11,600 calls at the Dec. $67.5 strike against open interest of 4,317 contracts. Traders appear to have purchased the majority of the calls for an average premium of $0.51 apiece. Call buyers stand prepared to profit should shares in PepsiCo rally another 3.4% to surpass the average breakeven point on the upside at $68.01 by expiration day next month. Shares in PEP last traded above $68.01 back on July 20.

MPC - Marathon Petroleum Corp. – Shares in the largest Midwest oil refiner dropped like rock Wednesday morning, but it looks like the sharp decline today comes as no surprise to some options strategists who appear to have snapped up puts on Marathon Petroleum Corp. earlier this week. Refiners’ shares retreated as the spread between WTI and Brent oil narrowed, a sign that profit margins at these companies may decline. Marathon’s shares are off their lows of the session but remain deeply in the red, down 6.7% at $34.52 as of 11:30 AM in New York. Investors prepared to profit from Marathon Petroleum’s pain purchased put options on Monday and Tuesday for a fraction of their cost today. It looks like traders picked up roughly 3,500 puts at the Nov. $37.5 strike for an average premium of $1.60 this week, as well as purchased more than 3,000 puts at the lower Nov. $35 strike at an average premium of $0.67 a-pop. Today, premium required to buy downside protection is substantially higher. The Nov. $37.5 strike puts currently cost $3.70 per contract, while the Nov. $35 strike puts cost $1.05 each. Put selling initiated at both of these strikes in the first hour of the trading session this morning suggests traders may be taking quick profits off the table.

HWD - Harry Winston Diamond Corp. – One bullish options play on Harry Winston…
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Put Selling Ensues On Harry Winston Diamond Corp.

Today’s tickers: HWD, HAS & VSH

HWD - Harry Winston Diamond Corp. – Fresh prints in Harry Winston Diamond Corp. puts drove options volume in the front month above the prevailing level of overall open interest on the stock in the first half of the trading session. Shares in the specialist diamond company fell as much as 2.9% today to $10.36, bringing total declines in the stock up to roughly 43% since the end of May. The company was scheduled to present at the Telsey Advistory Group 2nd Annual Fall Consumer Conference just after 9:00 am EDT this morning.

One or more put players exchanged some 4,150 puts at the October $10 strike against zero open positions. It looks like most of the put options were sold for an average premium of $0.35 a-pop. Investors selling the contracts keep the full amount of premium as long as shares in Harry Winston exceed $10.00 through expiration next month. Heavy put selling pushed implied volatility on the Oct. $10 puts down more than 25% in early-afternoon trade. Shares in HWD have traded above $10.00 for more than one year, but did slip to as low as $9.61 in August 2010. Sellers of the puts likely expect shares in the miner of rough diamonds to resist above $10.00 through October expiration, and are happy to pocket available premium on the options in exchange for bearing the risk that the stock hits fresh lows in the next few weeks. Traders short the puts may have shares of the underlying stock put to them at an effective price of $9.65 each should the options land in-the-money at expiration day. Options implied volatility on the stock dropped 17.5% to 54.47% by 12:20 pm in New York.…
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Litany Of Woes Sparks Renewed Bearish Options Trades On Inverse ETF

 
Today’s tickers: SH, CLX, NABI & HWD

SH - ProShares Short S&P 500 – Bearish investors are scooping up calls on the ProShares Short S&P 500 ETF this morning with 95% of stocks in the U.S. benchmark Index trading in the red today. Shares in the SH, an exchange-traded fund designed to correspond to the inverse of the daily performance of the S&P 500 Index, are up 1.45% to arrive at $41.55 as of 12:00 pm on the East Coast. Investors exchanged more than 8,000 calls at the August $44 strike against previously existing open interest of 2,231 contracts. It looks like most of the calls were purchased for an average premium of $0.25 a-pop. Perhaps call buyers are hedging long exposure to the index, or snapping up the calls to take an outright bearish stance on the near-term performance of the Index. The ongoing debt crisis in Europe, mind-numbing squabbling amongst U.S. lawmakers tasked with raising the debt ceiling, and concerns the economic recovery continues to soften are weighing down equities today. Signs that any of these factors are worsening could send the S&P 500 Index lower to the delight of call buyers. Investors holding the August $44 strike calls profit if shares in the SH rise 6.5% to exceed the effective breakeven price of $44.25 by expiration next month. The SH last traded above $44.25 back in December 2010, when the S&P 500 Index was hovering around 1243. Meanwhile, traders casting doubt on the likelihood of a sharp correction in the Index through August expiration sold around 1,500 calls at the August $45 strike to pocket an average premium of $0.15 each. Call sellers keep the full amount of premium as long as the contracts expire worthless at expiration next month.

CLX - Clorox Co. – A sizable ratio put spread on the maker of cleaning supplies and Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing indicates one strategist is positioning for limited bearish movement in the price of the underlying shares through August…
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Bearish Divergences Similar To 2000 & 2007 In Play Again!

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Does history at important junctures ever repeat itself exactly? Nope

Do look-alike patterns take place at important price points? Yup

This chart looks at the S&P 500 over the past 20-years.

In 2000 and 2007 bearish momentum divergences took place months ahead of the actual peak in stocks.

Currently, momentum has created a bearish divergence to the S&P 500 for the past 20-months, as the seems to have stopped on a dime at its 261% Fibonacci extension level of the 2007 highs/2009 lows.

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Who is the Fed buying those Treasuries from?

The Primary Dealers. Who are the Primary Dealers?  I’ll let the New York Fed tell you:

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