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Short-Term Bullish Bets On Yahoo Performing As Shares Push Higher

 

Today’s tickers: YHOO, FWLT & MDR

YHOO - Yahoo!, Inc. – Near-term bullish positions established on Yahoo yesterday are working for some options players on Friday, with shares in the name rallying as much as 4.5% this morning to $22.28, the highest level since July 2008. On Thursday, we noted upside call buying at the Mar. 08 ’13 $22 strike. More than 3,000 of the $22 strike weekly calls changed hands yesterday, with much of the volume purchased at an average premium of $0.11 per contract. Continued gains in the price of the underlying shares since then has pushed the value of those contracts up sharply overnight, with premium on the $22 strike calls nearly quadrupling to $0.40 as of 11:20 a.m. ET. Trading traffic in Yahoo weeklies this morning suggests some strategists are looking for short-term bullish positions to pay off next week as well. Volume in the Mar. 08 ’13 $22.5 strike calls is approaching 4,300 contracts versus open interest of 117 lots, and much of the volume appears to have been purchased in the early going for an average premium of $0.14 apiece. Buyers of the $22.5 strike call options may profit if shares in Yahoo continue to hit fresh multi-year highs next week.

MDR - McDermott International, Inc. – Shares in the provider of off-shore drilling platforms are down 13.75% at $10.97 this afternoon, wiping out all gains realized year-to-date, following the company’s fourth-quarter earnings report after the closing bell on Thursday. The company swung to a fourth-quarter profit, but projected 2013 revenue below average analyst expectations. A sizable position initiated in MDR puts ahead of the earnings report has benefited one strategist, with the value of the bearish options soaring overnight. It looks like the trader purchased 3,000 puts at the Mar. $12 strike yesterday afternoon for a premium of $0.30 per contract. The subsequent double-digit percentage drop in the price of the underlying lifted premium on the $12 strike put options to as high as $1.15 each this morning. The put buyer…
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Morgan Stanley Options Active As JPM Errs

 

Today’s tickers: MS, EWZ & MDR

MS - Morgan Stanley – JPMorgan’s trading loss troubles, which brought the shares down nearly 10.0% this morning, weighed heavily on Morgan Stanley as well. Shares in the financial services firm earlier fell 5.8% to an intraday and four-month low of $14.70. Options traders expecting MS to bounce back next week picked up cheapened upside exposure in the form of May expiry calls. The bullish plays may be winning propositions in the event of a near term recovery in the price of the underlying. Traders purchased around 2,100 of the May $14 strike calls for an average premium of $1.05 apiece, and picked up more than 4,800 calls at the higher May $15 strike at an average premium of $0.36 each. Premiums on the $14 and $15 strike calls have moved higher during the session as shares in the name recovered off the morning lows. Strategists holding in-the-money contracts with one week remaining to expiration face average breakeven prices of $15.05 and $15.36, respectively.

EWZ - iShares MSCI Brazil Index Fund – Shares in the EWZ, currently up 0.75% on the day at $57.53, may extend gains in the near term by the looks of bullish positioning in the June expiry options this morning. Call options on the fund are most active out at the June $60 strike, where more than 36,000 contracts changed hands against open interest of 9,244 positions. Most of the calls appear to have been purchased for an average premium of $0.80 apiece. The single largest stake, a block of 29,707 calls, was picked up just before 11:00 a.m. ET this morning. Call buyers stand ready to profit at expiration next month in the event that shares in the Brazil ETF rally 5.7% to top the average breakeven…
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Visa Traders Turn Call-Sellers After Regulatory Change

Today’s tickers: V, VIX, SY, TIVO & MDR

V – Visa Inc. – The decision to allow the Federal Reserve to regulate and therefore pressure fees charged by debit-card companies hampered shares at Visa today and in late morning trading they are 8% lower at $79.00. The slide slices the share price right through two five-dollar-wide strike prices and with options expiration next weekend, call sellers were quick to capture premiums available at the May 80 strike where 10,000 contracts have traded within a price range of $2.32 to $1.18. At its present share price those call options are worth nothing but the hope value they carry in the event of a recovery next week. Investors also boosted put premiums from a close yesterday at 73 cents to as high as $3.50 per contract at the May 80 line. Implied options volatility rose a further 8% to 38.7% today as uncertainty for the financial sector grew.

VIX – CBOE Vix Index – As investors’ trading screens once again turn a familiar red as Eurozone fears grow, the flashing red light of the CBOE’s Vix index heads inevitably higher. On Friday the index leapt 17% to stand at 31.33. It’s still well beneath the panic-driven peak of last week when it ran up to 42.15, yet today’s reading is the highest point in between then and now. One investor appeared to extend a bet that volatility is set to remain omnipresent using a 50,000 lot calendar call spread that appears to roll forward protection from May expiration to the June contract. The order combined the same amount of May call options at the 35 strike with June calls at the 37.5 strike. The net cost of the trade was $1.20 per contract.

SY – Sybase Inc. – Option trading indicates little upside room for Sybase after Germany’s SAP said it would pay $65 per share to acquire the enterprise software business. Having shot up from $40 before the deal to more than $65 yesterday option sellers appear to be writing chunks of $65 strike calls in the June and September contracts probably because they expect to see further declines in volatility and little improvement in an already generous deal that boosted the company’s capitalization by 63% in a stroke. The June call options carrying a $65 strike price have traded 13,000 times mainly at a 25-cent premium, while the September contract…
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Simon Properties upgrade leaves option traders with butterflies

Today’s tickers: SPG, AMR, EEM, MDR, EFA, EWZ, IP & M

SPG Simon Property Group, Inc. – The real estate investment trust (REIT) has experienced a significant rally of more than 9% to $42.16 today and was added to the ‘conviction buy’ list at Goldman Sachs. SPG appeared on our ‘most active by options volume’ market scanner after one investor established a long butterfly spread in the July contract. The purchase of 5,000 puts at the July 20 strike for 90 cents apiece (wing 1) and the purchase of 5,000 puts at the July 40 strike for 6.70 each (wing 2) were spread against the sale of 10,000 puts at the July 30 strike price for a premium of 2.80 per contract (body). The net cost of the transaction amounts to 2.00 (0.90 [wing 1] + 6.70 [wing 2] – (2.80*2 [body]) = 2.00). This investor will gain the maximum potential profit of 8.00 if shares settle at $30.00 by expiration. This strategy implies that he is hoping shares will fall from the current level through the breakeven point located at $38.00, at which point profits begin to amass to the downside. Should shares continue to rally rather than plummet, the most this trader can lose is the 2.00 he paid for the strategy. In order to reel in the full 8.00 of potential profits, shares would need to decline by 29% from the current price.

AMR AMR Corporation – American Airlines parent corporation, AMR, has experienced a huge share price rally as the stock jumped by more than 16% today to $4.90 after the company revealed narrower than expected first-quarter losses. AMR continues to struggle in this recessionary climate, but looks for travel demand to rise by the middle of the year. Option investors welcomed the better-than-expected results and were seen taking bullish stances on the company. At the May 5.0 strike price, 10,800 calls were purchased for an average premium of 70 cents per contract. One investor sold 6,850 puts at the May 4.0 strike price for 30 cents apiece in order to fund the purchase of 6,850 of the calls picked up at the May 5.0 strike. Finally, bullish investors looking to fly higher selected the May 6.0 strike where more than 3,400 calls were coveted for an average premium of 28 cents. Shares would need to continue on the up-and-up and gain another 22% in order…
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Partisan divide creates different Americas, separate lives

 

Partisan divide creates different Americas, separate lives

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India About To Experience Major Strength? Possible Says Joe Friday

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If one invested in the India ETF (INDA) back in January of 2012, your total 7-year return would be 24%. During the same time frame, the S&P 500 made 124%. The 7-year spread between the two is a large 100%!

Are things about to improve for the INDA ETF and could it be time for the relative weakness to change? Possible!

This chart looks at the INDA/SPX ratio since early 2012. The ratio continues to be in a major downtrend.

The ratio hit a 7-year low a few months ago and this week it kissed those lows again at (1). The ratio near weeks end is attempting to...



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Blain: "It's A Bad Week For The Credibility Of Mohammed bin Salman"

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Blain's Morning Porrdige, submitted by Bill Blain of Shard Capital

Saudi….

Its turning into a bad week for the credibility of Mohammed bin Salman, the defacto ruler of Saudi.  After the Globe’s third largest defence spending state was crippled by supposedly unsophisticated Houthi rebels (with some likely assistance from Iran) when they struck his oil infrastructure, this morning the headlines are all about how MBS is now arm-twisting rich Saudi’s to buy into the discredited Aramco IPO. 

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Precious Metals Setting Up Another Momentum Base/Bottom

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Just as we predicted, precious metals are setting up another extended momentum base/bottom that appears to be aligning
with our prediction of an early October 2019 new upside price leg.

Recent news of the US Fed decreasing the Fed Funds Rate by 25bp as well as strength in the US stock market and US Dollar as eased fears and concerns across the global markets.  These concerns and fears are still very real as the overnight credit market has continue to illustrate.  Yet, the precious metals have retraced from recent highs and begun to form a momentum base which will likely become the
floor for the next move higher.

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10 Biggest Price Target Changes For Friday

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  • Credit Suisse raised IHS Markit Ltd (NYSE: INFO) price target from $68 to $76. IHS Markit shares closed at $67.75 on Thursday.
  • Wedbush boosted Restoration Hardware Holdings, Inc (NYSE: RH) price target from $170 to $185. RH shares closed at $169.49 on Thursday.
  • Mizuho lifted Seagate Technology PLC (NASDAQ: STX) price target from $46 to $50. Seagate shares closed at $52.94 on Thursday.
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Federal Reserve Bank of New York Statement On Repurchase Operation - Roll Over Beethoven!

Courtesy of Lee Adler

This is a syndicated repost courtesy of NY | Press Releases. Original: Statement Regarding Repurchase Operation. Reposted with permission. 

September 19, 2019

In accordance with the FOMC Directive issued September 18, 2019, the Open Market Trading Desk (the Desk) at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York will conduct an overnight repurchase agreement (repo) operation from 8:15 AM ET to 8:30 AM ET tomorrow, Friday, September 20, 2019, in order to help maintain the federal funds rate within the target range of 1-3/4 to 2 percent.

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Crude Oil Cycle Bottom aligns with Saudi Oil Attack

Courtesy of Read the Ticker

Do the cycles know? Funny how cycle lows attract the need for higher prices, no matter what the news is!

These are the questions before markets on on Monday 16th Aug 2019:

1) A much higher oil price in quick time can not be tolerated by the consumer, as it gives birth to much higher inflation and a tax on the average Joe disposable income. This is recessionary pressure.

2) With (1) above the real issue will be the higher interest rate and US dollar effect on the SP500 near all time highs.

3) A moderately higher oil price is likely to be absorbed and be bullish as it creates income for struggling energy companies and the inflation shock may be muted. 

We shall see. 

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China Crypto Miners Wiped Out By Flood; Bitcoin Hash Rate Hits ATHs

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Last week, a devastating rainstorm in China's Sichuan province triggered mudslides, forcing local hydropower plants and cryptocurrency miners to halt operations, reported CoinDesk.

Torrential rains flooded some parts of Sichuan's mountainous Aba prefecture last Monday, with mudslides seen across 17 counties in the area, according to local government posts on Weibo. 

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The Big Pharma Takeover of Medical Cannabis

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The Big Pharma Takeover of Medical Cannabis

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The Big Pharma Takeover of Medical Cannabis

As evidence of cannabis’ many benefits mounts, so does the interest from the global pharmaceutical industry, known as Big Pharma. The entrance of such behemoths will radically transform the cannabis industry—once heavily stigmatized, it is now a potentially game-changing source of growth for countless co...



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How IPOs Are Priced

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Funny but probably true:

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Despacito - How to Make Money the Old-Fashioned Way - SLOWLY!

Are you ready to retire?  

For most people, the purpose of investing is to build up enough wealth to allow you to retire.  In general, that's usually enough money to reliably generate a year's worth of your average income, each year into your retirement so that that, plus you Social Security, should be enough to pay your bills without having to draw down on your principle.

Unfortunately, as the last decade has shown us, we can't count on bonds to pay us more than 3% and the average return from the stock market over the past 20 years has been erratic - to say the least - with 4 negative years (2000, 2001, 2002 and 2008) and 14 positives, though mostly in the 10% range on the positives.  A string of losses like we had from 2000-02 could easily wipe out a decades worth of gains.

Still, the stock market has been better over the last 10 (7%) an...



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