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Traders Construct Call Spreads On Lennar

Today’s tickers: LEN, ZLC & M

LEN - Lennar Corporation – Shares in single-family home builder, Lennar Corp, slipped 2.4% on Wednesday morning to $31.39, the lowest level since August 21st of last year, but options changing hands on the stock today indicate one or more traders are positioning for shares to rebound somewhat during the next five weeks. It looks like options players are buying the Sep $32/$36 call spread, roughly 4,500 times as of the time of this writing, and paying an average net premium of $1.03 per spread. The bullish strategy makes money at expiration next month if shares in LEN rally 5.2% over today’s low of $31.39 to exceed the average breakeven point at $33.03, with maximum potential profits of $2.97 per contract available in the event of a more than 14.5% rally in the price of the underlying to $36.00. Shares in the homebuilder last traded above $36.00 in mid-July.

ZLC - Zale Corporation – Options in play on the operator of specialty retail jewelry stores today suggests some traders are looking for shares in Zale Corp to extend gains in the near term. Shares in ZLC, up nearly 170% since March, increased more than 10% today to touch a new four-year high of $10.29. The Aug and Sep $10 strike call options are the most actively traded by volume today, with roughly 800 of the Aug $10 calls purchased for an average premium of $0.18 each, and around 500 of the Sep $10 calls picked up at an average premium of $0.86 apiece. Traders long the Sep $10 calls may profit at expiration next month if shares in Zale rally 5.5% over today’s high of $10.29 to top the average breakeven price of $10.86. Zale Corp is scheduled to report fourth-quarter earnings ahead of the open…
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Bullish Action Detected In Macy’s Options Ahead Of Earnings Next Week

Today’s tickers: M, FSYS & TMUS

M - Macy’s Inc. – Call options changing hands on Macy’s during morning trading suggests at least one strategist is taking a bullish stance on the stock ahead of the retailer’s second-quarter earnings report next Wednesday. Shares in the name are slightly in the red today, down 0.20% at $47.74 just before midday in New York. The stock has slipped roughly 6.0% in recent weeks from a record high of $50.77 reached back in July. Trading traffic in Aug $48.5 strike calls initiated during the first 10 minutes of the session indicates one trader is preparing for shares to move higher ahead of expiration next week. It looks like the strategist purchased 1,500 of the $48.5 calls for a premium of $0.76 apiece. The bullish position makes money at expiration in the event that Macy’s shares rise more than 3.0% to exceed the breakeven price of $49.26.

FSYS - Fuel Systems Solutions, Inc. – Shares in Fuel Systems are soaring on Thursday, rising nearly 23% to touch a new 52-week high of $21.44, after the company posted better than expected second-quarter earnings ahead of the opening bell this morning. Options traders positioning for the price of the underlying to extend gains in the near term snapped up August expiry calls in the early going. The most traded front month options are the Aug $21 strike calls, with upwards of 870 lots in play versus open interest of 286 contracts. Time and sales data indicates most of the volume was purchased during the first 10 minutes of the session for an average premium of $0.30 apiece. Call buyers stand ready to profit at expiration next week in the event that FSYS shares settle above the average breakeven price of $21.30. Intraday gains in the price of the…
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Options In Play On Genworth Financial Eye Further Upside

 

Today’s tickers: GNW, M & VCLK

GNW - Genworth Financial, Inc. – Bursts of activity in Genworth Financial call options in the early going on Wednesday appears to be the work of one or more traders betting the price of the underlying stock pushes toward multi-year highs during the next several months. Shares in the insurer kicked off the trading session in rally mode, initially rising 1.2% to a near two-year high of $11.02, before reversing course to trade down 1.85% on the day at $10.69 as of 11:15 a.m. ET. The stock was cut to ‘Neutral’ from ‘Buy’ at BTIG today. Shares in Genworth Financial are up roughly 170% off the 52-week low of $4.06 set back in August of 2012. Options volume in GNW is heaviest out at the Sep $13 strike, where 5,000 calls changed hands against open interest of 472 contracts. It looks like most of the volume was purchased for an average premium of $0.42 each. Buyers of these contracts stand ready to profit at September expiration should shares in GNW rally 25% over the current price of $10.69 to top the average breakeven point at $13.42. The Sep $12 strike calls are also active today, with around 1,000 lots purchased at an average premium of $0.69 apiece just before 10:00 a.m. ET this morning. Time and sales data suggests roughly 1,000 of the Sep $12 strike calls were purchased on Tuesday morning at around the same time for a premium of $0.62 each.

M - Macy’s, Inc. – Shares in department store operator, Macy’s, Inc., are up 1.3% today at a new all-time high of $47.12. Options changing hands on the retailer today indicate some strategists are positioning for the price of the underlying to extend gains in the near term. One trader appears to be rolling a bullish position in front month calls up to a higher striking price ahead of the company’s first-quarter earnings report next Wednesday before the open. The options player appears to have sold roughly 1,000 calls…
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Big Prints In Bearish Options On XLF

 

Today’s tickers: XLF, GSK & M

XLF - Financial Select Sector SPDR ETF – Shares in the XLF are in negative territory this morning, down 0.90% at $18.39 as of 11:10 a.m. ET, amid broad-based declines in U.S. stocks spurred by an unexpected 0.4% decline in March retail sales and other soft economic data points. The price of the underlying fund is also being pressured by declines in JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Wells Fargo & Co. following first-quarter earnings reports from those companies prior to the opening bell. JPMorgan and Wells Fargo combined represent roughly 16% of the total holdings of the XLF. Big prints in short-dated XLF put options in the early going this morning suggests one trader is positioning for shares to extend losses in the near term. It looks like the strategist purchased 100,000 puts at the April 19 ’13 $18 strike for a premium of $0.06 per contract. The position starts making money if the price of the underlying declines 2.4% from the current level to breach the effective breakeven price of $17.94 by expiration next week. Put options on the XLF are far more active than calls, with the put/call ratio above 13.0 as of the time of this writing. Five of the top ten holdings in the XLF report quarterly earnings next week, including Citigroup, Bank of America, Goldman Sachs, U.S. Bancorp and American Express.

GSK - GlaxoSmithKline PLC – Bearish options changing hands on drug maker, GlaxoSmithKline, look for shares in the name to potentially slip further off a multi-year high of $48.55 realized on Thursday. Shares in GSK are down 0.40% on the day at $48.32 as of 11:45 a.m. ET. The April $47 strike puts on GSK are active for a second consecutive session, with roughly 5,000 contracts purchased this morning and around 2,000 lots purchased yesterday, all at a premium of $0.25 apiece. Put buyers make money if shares in GSK decline 3.25% from the current price of $48.32 to settle below the effective breakeven point at…
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Macy’s Call Options On-Trend As Shares Rise

 

Today’s tickers: M, VALE & APD

M - Macy’s, Inc. – Shares in the operator of department stores, Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s, are on the rise today, up 1.75% at present to stand at $39.37 as of 11:35 a.m. in New York, after Redbook reported U.S. weekly same-store sales increased 1.6% year-over-year in the prior week. Bullish positioning in Macy’s options this morning suggests some traders are preparing for shares in the name to extend gains this week and perhaps through the end of the calendar year. The bulk of the volume in Macy’s options today is in the front month calls, with more than 6,400 contracts in play at the Nov. $40 strike against open interest of 2,295 positions. Most of the $40 strike calls appear to have been purchased this morning for an average premium of $0.18 apiece, thus positioning buyers to profit should shares rally another 2% to exceed the average breakeven price of $40.18 by expiration at the end of the week. Traders establishing bullish positions on the stock in December expiry calls may be looking for Black Friday and the frenzied holiday shopping season to drive up traffic in stores across the country and the price of the retailer’s shares. The Dec. $41 and $42 strikes are humming with activity today, with upwards of 2,800 calls changing hands at the $41 strike against open interest of 422 contracts.

VALE - Vale S.A. – Options activity on Brazilian metals and mining company, Vale, this morning indicates one or more traders are bulking up on upside calls to position for the price of the underlying to rebound during the next couple of months. Shares in Vale are off their lowest level of the day; down 0.70% at $17.86 as of 12:10 p.m. ET. The Jan. 2013 $18 strike calls are seeing the most action today, with volume topping 27,000 contracts in the first half of the trading session. Traders appear to be purchasing most of the…
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Macy’s Call Options On Trend As Shares Extend Rally

Today’s tickers: M, HLF, CSC & WSM

M - Macy’s, Inc. – The department store operator’s shares are on a tear following better-than-expected retail sales data out earlier in the week. Macy’s, Inc. shares tacked on another 2.6% today to secure a four-year high of $34.80. Trading in call options on the retailer is outpacing that of puts roughly 2.5 contracts to one, with overall volume up at 18,000 lots as of 12:45 PM in New York. Investors snapped up out-of-the-money calls in the front month, suggesting the stock may have more room to run in the near term. Call buyers looked to the Jan. $35 strike, picking up around 1,400 contracts for an average premium of $0.58 a-pop. Volume was heaviest up at the Jan. $36 strike where more than 4,200 calls traded against open interest of 1,463 contracts. Trading traffic in the calls was mixed, with buyers and sellers facing an average premium of $0.26 apiece. Finally, far out-of-the-money call options with a low probability of landing in-the-money at expiration attracted traders willing to pay an average premium of $0.09 apiece for roughly 2,000 contracts at the Jan. $38 strike. Investors long the $38 strike calls profit at expiration if shares in Macy’s jump 9.5% to top $38.09.

HLF - Herbalife, Ltd. – Shares in the provider of weight management products rallied 1.6% to $52.04 this morning, but the stock has underperformed some competitors since the start of the New Year. Weight Watchers shares are currently up 17.8% year-to-date, while Herbalife’s shares have lost 1.2% of their value in the same period. Though the stock is presently in the red for the new calendar year, activity in HLF call options suggests some traders are positioning for substantial gains in the name ahead of February expiration. Investors traded more than 2,000 calls at the…
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Thrilling Thursday – Can We Make Another Billion Today?

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$1,129,860,000!  That’s how much money was made shorting 376,620 NYMEX contracts at $103 yesterday, as we planned!  Congratulations to those of you who got your share playing along with us and, to the manipulators who got stuck with the bill – screw you bastards, we have your number and we’re going to ring it now!  I called a cash-out at the $100 line in Member Chat as 2.9% was more of a drop than we expected in one day and we will re-load on the bounce as we cross back below the $100.50 line – as discussed in this morning’s Member Chat - assuming the Dollar has bottomed out at 74.35.

This isn’t complicated people – what’s the 2.5% line off of $103?  $100.425.  That’s where we’ll look for oil to consolidate but below that line we’ll be comfortable with our shorts again, looking for those next legs down to $98.88 (down 4%) and then $97.85, where we will once again look for a 20% retrace to $98.88 and then a nice short there when it fails.  So come on – you can play along at home – don’t miss out on making the next $1.129Bn!  

Meanwhile, what’s a 20% bounce off a $3 drop? 60 cents, right?  Where did oil bounce to in the futures?  $100.60?  This is not rocket science folks…  We teach these little tips to our Members every day at Philstockworld.  Sure you may find it disturbing that the chart we drew up (above) in early April is hit almost to the penny on the NYSE yesterday (2 months later) as it halted right on our red line – but that just shows us that Bots are running this market (as we keep telling you) and it also means that we can rely on our ranges and that makes it EASY to make good trading decisions.  

Also in Member Chat last night, I reviewed 8 short put ideas (bullish) that can net us over $3,000 in 15 days if we get a bounce and hold our "Must Hold" levels.  This is the nice thing about hedging – we make money on the way up OR on the way down and, when we are trading in a range – like we hopefully will this summer – then we make money both ways on a regular basis!  Let the market manipulators play their…
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Call Options Fly Off the Shelves at AIG

 Today’s tickers: AIG, CAT, DTV, WPI, PBR, DNR, V & M

AIG - American International Group, Inc. – The insurer’s shares rallied as much as 12.2% today to touch an intraday- and new 2-year high of $60.96 on news the firm secured $4.3 billion in bank credit lines. Mounting confidence in the insurance company along with the rising value of AIG shares inspired bullish options traders to purchase in- and out-of-the-money calls today. Weeklies were popular with options traders expecting to see shares end the year on a high note. Investors picked up more than 2,900 now in-the-money calls at the December ’31 $57.5 strike for an average premium of $0.93 each, and coveted upwards of 2,900 in-the-money call options at the higher December ’31 $60 strike at an average premium of $0.51 a-pop. Optimistic individuals also purchased some 1,300 call options at the December ’31 $65 strike for an average premium of $0.27 apiece. Options strategists looked to the January 2011 contract to place bullish bets, as well. Notable in-the-money call buying was observed here, as well as fresh interest in calls at the January 2011 $62.5 strike where more than 1,700 contracts were purchased for an average premium of $1.46 each. The sharp increase in demand for American International Group calls pushed the overall reading of options implied volatility on the stock higher by 25.2% to 50.30% in the final 15 minutes of the trading day.

CAT - Caterpillar, Inc. – It looks like some options investors expect the machinery maker’s shares to trend higher at the start of 2011. CAT-bulls are buying call options in the January 2011 contract this afternoon despite the 0.45% decline in the price of the underlying stock to $94.04. Options traders exchanged more than 7,200 calls at the January 2011 $95 strike by 3:10pm in New York trade. It looks like the majority, or approximately 5,300 of the call options, were purchased for an average premium of $1.58 a-pop. Call buyers make money if CAT’s shares rally more…
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Regional Banking ETF Put Volume Pops During Afternoon Trading

 Today’s tickers: KRE, CPN, PRGO, FITB, DPS, SMH & M

KRE - SPDR KBW Regional Banking ETF – A large-volume debit put spread initiated on the SPDR KBW Regional Banking ETF this afternoon suggests one options investor is wary that the significant run up in the price of the underlying fund since the start of December could reverse course next year. Shares of the KRE, an exchange-traded fund that tracks the performance of the KBW Regional Banking Index, are up slightly by 0.10% to trade at $25.18 as of 3:30pm. The strategist responsible for the put spread may be building up downside protection, or alternatively, could be taking an outright bearish stance on the regional banking sector through March 2011. Shares in the fund rallied 14.25% during December so far to reach a 6-month high of $25.59 this past Wednesday. The put-spreader picked up 19,000 put options at the March 2011 $24 strike for a premium of $0.81 each, and sold the same number of puts at the lower March 2011 $20 strike at a premium of $0.16 apiece. Net premium paid to initiate the spread amounts to $0.65 per contract. Thus, the investor is prepared to make money, or realize downside protection, if shares of the KRE fall 7.3% from the current price of $25.18 to breach the effective breakeven point on the spread at $23.35 by March 2011 expiration. Maximum potential profits of $3.35 per contract are available to the put-spreader should shares of the underlying fund plummet 20.6% lower to trade below $20.00 by expiration day next year. The fund’s shares have not traded below $20.00 in more than a year.

CPN - Calpine Corp. – A large chunk of call options were picked up on Calpine Corp. late in session by a bullish strategist positioning for shares to rally substantially ahead of January 2011 expiration. Shares of the independent power generation company are up 2.6% this afternoon to stand at $13.22 in the final hour of the trading week. Calpine was recently…
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Put Sellers Target Dollar General Corp.

Today’s tickers: DG, CBRL, M, TSN, NFLX & FUQI

DG - Dollar General Corp. – Shares in Dollar General Corp. rallied as much as 4.1% this afternoon to touch an intraday- and new 52-week high of $32.23 after fellow discount retailer, Dollar Tree, reported better-than-expected third-quarter earnings this morning. Dollar General appeared on our scanners after bullish players sold out-of-the-money put options in the December contract. Put sellers are suggesting shares in DG are likely to trade above $30.00 through expiration day next month. Dollar General reports third-quarter earnings ahead of the opening bell on December 9, 2010. Options traders sold more than 14,200 puts at the December $30 strike to pocket an average premium of $0.18 per contract. Put sellers keep the full premium received on the transaction as long as DG’s shares exceed $30.00 through December expiration. More than 16,000 put options changed hands at the December $30 strike versus paltry previously existing open interest of just 7 contracts at that strike. Overall options volume of 16,535 contracts generated on Dollar General today is far greater than total existing open interest on the stock of 10,451 lots before today. Options implied volatility on Dollar General is down 8.5% to arrive at 23.88% in late afternoon trading.

CBRL - Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. – Near-term call options are in demand on the operator of retail and restaurant concept chain, Cracker Barrel, this afternoon. Shares in Cracker Barrel jumped 3.00% to $57.77, a new 52-week high for the stock, by 3:45 pm in New York. It looks like call buyers populating CBRL today expect shares to extend gains following the firm’s first-quarter earnings report before the opening bell tomorrow. Bulls scooped up roughly 1,100 calls at the December $60 strike for an average premium of $0.735 per contract. Investors…
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