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Options Volume Pops At Urban Outfitters As Shares Hit Fresh 52-Week High

 

Today’s tickers: URBN, STT & SNDK

URBN - Urban Outfitters, Inc. – Shares in Urban Outfitters gained the most in the S&P 500 Index on Tuesday morning after the operator of retail brands Free People, Anthropologie and Urban Outfitters, posted better-than-expected second-quarter earnings and sales. The positive earnings surprise and an upgrade to ‘Outperform’ from ‘Market Perform’ at William Blair & Co. sparked a more than 20% rally in the price of the underlying at the open to a new 52-week high of $37.65. Options traders positioning for further upside in the near term picked up out-of-the-money call options in the first hour of the session. The front month options are the most actively traded contracts on Urban at present. Volume is heaviest in the Sep. $37 strike call, where more than 1,700 lots changed hands against open interest of just 72 contracts. Buyers in the early going paid an average premium of $1.15 per contract for nearly 500 hundred of the $37 strike call options, while the bulk of the volume traded to the middle of the market. Several hundred upside call options were also purchased at the Sep. $38, $39 and $40 strikes, indicating some strategists are positioning for shares in the specialty retailer to extend gains during the next four weeks to expiration. Traders paid an average premium of $0.20 per contract for around 400 of the Sep. $40 strike calls. The bullish stance may pay off at expiration in the event URBN shares surge 7% over today’s high of $37.65 to top the average breakeven point at $40.20, the highest level for the stock since April 2010. All told, more than 20,000 options are in play on Urban Outfitters as of 11:45 a.m. New York time, roughly five times the stock’s average daily options volume of 4,060 contracts.

STT - State Street Corp. – The provider of investment management services popped up on our scanners early in the trading session after…
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Testy Tuesday – Have the Markets Become Comfortably Numb?

"There is no pain you are receding
A distant ship's smoke on the horizon.
You are only coming through in waves.
Your lips move but I can't hear what you're saying.
When I was a child
I caught a fleeting glimpse
Out of the corner of my eye.
I turned to look but it was gone
I cannot put my finger on it now
The child is grown,
The dream is gone.
but I have become comfortably numb
." – Pink Floyd
 

I have a theory that the markets (and the American people in general) aren't irrational, they are simply shell-shocked after suffering a very traumatic group financial experience… 

To be shell-shocked is to be "mentally confused, upset, or exhausted as a result of excessive stress" and the most common symptoms are: Fatigue, slower reaction times, indecision, disconnection from one's surroundings, and inability to prioritize – That certainly sounds like our Congress doesn't it?  Combat stress disorder was first diagnosed in WWI, when 10% of the troops were killed and 56% wounded – far worse than had been experienced in previous wars.  Our current financial crisis has similarly affected more people than any previous crisis with almost everyone knowing someone who is bankrupt or lost their jobs or homes and almost no one escaped the carnage of the downturn without some financial damage. 

Combat fatigue may go a long way to explaining the severe drop-off in volume that has plagued the markets since March, with participation now down to 25% of where we were last January and that leaves us open to the blatant sort of market manipulation that Karl Denninger caught last week as well as the usual nonsense we get daily from HFT programs that drive the market with such precision that we are able to tell how the day is going to go by simply checking our hourly volume targets.  Here's a clip from CNBC where a floor trader discusses market manipulation as a fact of trading (2 mins in).  

As Nicholas Santiago points out on In The Money Stocks,   "January is usually a very high volume month, yet it has started off the New Year even lighter than the last two months of 2009.  Light volume markets are very difficult to
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Bank of America Bearish Option Position Closed – Shares Rally

Today’s tickers: BAC, MCD, ADM, XRT, CVS, STT, PFE, CVS, FSYS & AEO

BAC – Bank of America Corp. – One investor banked profits today by unraveling a massive bearish credit spread established back on October 28, 2009. The trader’s decision to take profits ahead of expiration could be a bullish sign for BAC. Shares are trading up 2% near the end of the trading day to stand at $15.00. The investor originally sold approximately 130,000 calls at the November 16 strike for an average premium of 49 cents apiece, spread against the purchase of the same number of calls at the higher November 17.5 strike for 15 cents each. The trader received a net credit of 34 cents per contract on the transaction. Today, the investor left money on the table by closing out ahead of expiration. It appears he sold the upper strike calls for 4 pennies and bought back the lower strike calls for 19 cents apiece. Net profits received for unraveling the spread amount to 19 cents per contract for a total of $2.47 million. One might interpret such a decision as a bullish signal for BAC because the trader decided to walk away with 19 cents – half of the maximum profit potential of 34 cents. The investor would only have been able to retain the full 34 cents if shares traded beneath $16.00 through expiration day in November.

MCD – McDonald’s Corp. – A bullish risk reversal in the January 2010 contract significantly reduced the price paid by one investor establishing an optimistic stance on the fast-food chain. Shares of MCD are trading 1.5% higher today to $61.20 despite yesterday’s downgrade to ‘hold’ by analysts at EVA Dimensions. The investor sold 13,000 put options at the January 60 strike for an average premium of 1.91 apiece to partially offset the cost of purchasing 13,000 in-the-money calls at the same strike for 2.51 each. The net cost of the reversal amounts to 60 cents per contract.

ADM – Archer Daniels Midland Co. – Food products company, Archer Daniels Midland, jumped onto our ‘most active by options volume’ market scanner this afternoon due to bullish activity in the March 2010 contract. Shares edged 0.5% higher to $32.37 during the trading session after the firm revealed better-than-expected first-quarter profits of 77 cents per share. One investor sold out-of-the-money put options to partially finance the purchase of a…
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Bullish Option Play at State Street Despite Weaker Shares

Today’s tickers: STT, HPQ, AMAT, PBR, BYD, AMD, VALE & ITUB

STT– The 1% decline in State Street’s shares to $43.75 today has not deterred one investor from enacting a bullish ratio call spread in the July contract. Hoping for a nearer-term rally in the stock, the trader bought 5,000 calls at the July 44 strike price for 4.70 each and sold 10,000 calls at the higher July 50 strike for an average premium of 2.20 apiece. The spread cost the investor just 30 cents (1*4.70 – 2*2.20 = 0.30) and yields a maximum potential profit of 5.70 if shares were to climb to $50.00 by expiration. The stock need only rise about 55 cents from the current value to surpass the breakeven point for the trade at $44.30. – State Street Corp.

HPQ – Shares have remained relatively flat today and are currently at $34.45. Our attention was drawn to two trades that appear to be covered calls initiated by investors looking for bullish movement in the stock. The first of the two transactions was the work of a nearer-term HPQ-optimist who looks to have purchased shares of the underlying stock and simultaneously written about 5,000 calls at the July 38 strike price for a premium of 55 cents each. This tactic limits potential gains for the investor but in return effectively reduces the price per share to $34.20 (assuming a purchase price of $34.75) and also provides an exit strategy should the July 38 calls land in-the-money by expiration. If the underlying shares are called away at expiration the trader will have realized total gains of 11%. The other covered-call-cohort we observed on HPQ targeted the August 40 strike price and wrote about 4,500 calls for a premium of 63 cents each. This individual effectively reduced the price of the underlying shares to approximately $34.19 (assuming a purchase price of $34.82) by writing the call options. The investor will bank gains of 17% on the trade if HPQ rallies through $40.00 and the underlying shares are called away from him at expiration in August. – Hewlett-Packard Co.

AMAT– The manufacturer and marketer of integrated circuit fabrication equipment for the global semiconductor industry, has experienced a more than 3% rally in shares to $11.30. Option traders drove the call-to-put ratio up to 11.18 indicating that more than 11 call options were traded for each put option on the
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Emerging Markets ETF sees option traders locking into strong rally

Today’s tickers: EEM, VALE, CSCO, ALL, IBN, STT & XLE

EEM– Shares of the emerging markets ETF have jumped 5% today to stand at $31.58. Ignoring the current bullish movement in the underlying share price, one option trader looked to the December contract to initiate a ratio put spread in the expectation that shares may decline by expiration. The investor established the trade by purchasing 5,000 puts at the December 31 strike price for 3.71 each spread against the sale of 10,000 puts at the December 25 strike for a premium of 1.51 apiece. The net cost of the transaction amounts to 69 cents and yields a maximum potential profit of 5.31 to the trader if shares were to fall to $25.00 by expiration. – iShares MSCI Emerging Markets Index ETF

VALE– The metals and mining company has experienced a share price rally of more than 6% to $18.49 amid reports from Vale’s CEO, Roger Angelli, that the company will likely invest $10.5 billion down from the previous estimate of $14 billion due to lower costs and a weaker Brazilian real. Option traders expressed mixed sentiments in the near-term June contract where the majority of option contracts exchanged hands. One investor got long of some 18,000 puts that appear to have been purchased for about 25 cents each at the June 15 strike price. Perhaps he is long the stock and is looking to protect his position from potential erosion of the share price through the breakeven point on the trade at $14.75. The in-the-money June 18 strike price saw 9,000 calls sold for an average premium of 1.17 apiece. It is possible that investors are selling premium on the share price rally and, like the put-buying bear above, see shares giving back gains by expiration. Traders will retain the full premium enjoyed on the sale if the June 18 calls land out-of-the-money by expiration. We note the possibility that approximately 7,500 of the calls sold at the June 18 strike price are part of a covered call by an investor who bought the stock and sold the calls to effectively lower the price paid per share by 1.17. If this is the case, the trader will have the underlying shares called away from him if the calls remain in-the-money and are exercised by expiration. – Companhia Vale do Rio Doce ADS

CSCO – Networking and communications products manufacturer
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Stress-Free Investing In Stress-Tested Banks

Finally the official results are in!

Oddly enough, it was MUCH worse than the original indication that started this leg of our rally when we were told that every bank passed the stress test but the results were skillfully leaked in dribs and drabs interspersed with rumors that things were much worse in such a way that there is a general sense of relief that "only" $75BBn of additional capital must be raised and almost half of that by Bank of America, where $34Bn represents just 2% of their assets (although it is 40% of their current market cap). 

 

While that level of dillution will keep us out of BAC for now, there's no reason to not invest in C, who "only" need $5.5Bn against their $2Tn in assets although that is still 25% of their current market cap.  For the banks that do need capital, they have until June 8th to present a plan for raising it and until November 9th to implement the plan, which must maintain the target capital ratios through December 2010 after which we can assume they will again be allowed to run wild.  The banks are all coming up with various schemes to raise cash but the ones on the left need none at all.

Rather than go into a huge explanation about each pick, I'll just say that I'm favoring banks that I feel have room to run and have not already been overbought.   I discussed with members yesterday that it is ridiculous to assume that banks will get back to their 2007 levels as those earnings came under unique and ideal market conditions which are not likely to be repeated in the next decade so I was disgusted with Cramers BUYBUYBUY rant on the banks last night and I'm looking for a far more conservative play and we will be shorting some of the high flyers as Cramer herds his sheeple into overvalued positions.

[Commentary]We got out of our bullish bank plays this week and our $100K Hedged Virtual Portfolio, which was focused on financials in round 1, made huge gains and we (contrary to Cramer's advice) took them off the table.  Now that we have FACTS, we can reinvest with more confidence.  I am not advocating jumping into all of these…
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How Hong Kong's protests are affecting its economy

 

How Hong Kong's protests are affecting its economy

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Is the US Dollar About To Break Out Higher?

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The US Dollar Index is flexing its muscle of late.

Trade wars and fear of a global slowdown have capital fleeing to King Dollar.

King dollar breakout test in play?

Looking at today’s chart, you can see that the Dollar has been consolidating in a range for the past year – see shaded area on chart (1).

Now King Dollar is attempting to break out over the topside of that range at (2). That area represents dual resistance, as it also represents the 61.8 Fibonacci retracement level.

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South Korea Scraps Intelligence Pact With Japan Amid Rising Trade Tensions

Courtesy of ZeroHedge View original post here.

Most Americans could be forgiven for thinking that the 'trade war' is really only impacting the US and (maybe) China. After all, it was President Trump's belligerent rhetoric about holding China accountable that helped him win in 2016 in the first place. But what is less known, is that Trump's angry trade rhetoric aggravated a bunch of other longstanding trade spats, most notably, the now-emergent trade spat between Japan and South Korea, which is threatening to seriously disrupt trade throughout the Pacific Rim region.

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Do Good Traders Make Good Gamblers?

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Without breaking the rules, have you ever made a trade that was guaranteed to make you money? A trade that was literally guaranteed to succeed.

If you’re struggling to come up with an answer, we’ll give you a helping hand, the word you’re searching for is likely no. Every financial trade ever made – no matter how sound and well researched using technical analysis – carries with it an element of risk.

Outside factors beyond your control always have the possibility of turning profits into losses and ecstasy into agony. In many ways, trading is similar to gambling. For instance, you may think you know ...



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Earnings Scheduled For August 22, 2019

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Companies Reporting Before The Bell
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Gold Gann Angle Update

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Everything awesome? Gold over $1500. Central banks are printing money to generate fake demand. Germany issues first ever 30 year bond with negative interest rate. Crazy times!

Even Australia and New Zealand and considering negative interest rates and printing money, you know a bunch of lowly populated islands in the South Pacific with no aircraft carriers or nuclear weapons. They will need to do this to suppress their currency as they are export nations, as they need foreign currency to pay for foreign loans. But what is next, maybe Fiji will start printing their dollar. 

Now for a laugh, this Jason Pollock sold for more than $32M in 2012. 





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Watch Out Bears! Fed POMO Is Back!

Courtesy of Lee Adler

That’s right. The Fed is doing POMO again.  POMO means Permanent Open Market Operations. It’s a fancy way of saying that the Fed is buying Treasuries, pumping money into the financial markets.

Over the past 6 days, the Fed has bought $8.6 billion in T-bills and coupons. These are the first regular Fed POMO Treasury operations since the Fed ended outright QE in 2014.

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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New Zealand Becomes 1st Country To Legalize Payment Of Salaries In Crypto

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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?  

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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.

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