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Yelp Call Options Revisited

Yesterday we noted heavy call option activity in Yelp ahead of that company’s first-quarter earnings report after the close of trading on Wednesday (click here for yesterday’s note). The most traded contracts on the stock prior to the earnings release were the regular May expiry $60 strike calls, with the bulk of the more than 14,000 contracts in traded volume likely purchased at a premium of $3.50 each. Shares in Yelp closed Wednesday at $58.32 and well off the lowest intraday level of $54.68.

Shares in the name are up sharply on Thursday morning after Yelp reported a first-quarter loss of $0.04 a share, beating the average of analyst expectations. The stock popped more than 10% during the first 25 minutes of the trading session to as high as $64.38. The sharp move in the price of the underlying pushed the premium on the now in-the-money 16May’14 $60 calls to $6.30 at 9:55 a.m. ET, an 80% increase in the value of the contracts overnight for buyers who paid $3.50 per contract on Wednesday. Open interest in the May $60 strike calls, which was 1,878 contracts as of yesterday, jumped to 18,763 today following heavy trading in the prior session. It’s still early in the session, but as of 10:00 a.m. ET, only 230 of the calls have changed hands, suggesting traders are holding onto the contracts for now.

Chart – Premium on YELP 16May’14 $60 strike calls rises


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Yelp Options Buzzing Ahead Of Earnings After The Bell

Shares in Yelp are down more than 3.0% at $56.90 on Wednesday afternoon, just hours before the company is set to report first-quarter earnings. The impending earnings release has options volume on the stock running at approximately twice the average daily level, with more than 36,000 contracts traded on the stock as of 2:45 p.m. ET. The call/put ratio is hovering near 3.0 at present, largely due to heavy trading in regular May expiry $60 strike call options. Upwards of 14,800 of the $60 calls traded against open interest of just 1,878 contracts. It looks like most of the volume was purchased at a premium of $3.50 per contract, perhaps by one or more traders looking for glowing reviews from the company about its performance in the first quarter.

As is typically the case with options implied volatility in the aftermath of company earnings releases, the roughly 110% reading of implied volatility on the $60 calls as of the time of this writing may come off following Yelp’s quarterly report, which could drag down the premium on those contracts substantially overnight regardless of the direction shares take following the event. The price of the underlying will need to rip higher in order for the bullish position to make money at expiration next month. Specifically, the trade may be profitable at expiration if shares in Yelp rally nearly 12% over the current price to exceed a breakeven point at $63.50. Investors in Yelp have suffered in recent months, with the share price down more than 40% off a high of $101.75 reached on March 5th

Chart – Shares in YELP down more than 40% since 03/05/14


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Options Strategy Eyes Further Upside In Yelp

YELP – Yelp! Inc. – A sizable three-legged options trade initiated on Yelp this morning appears to be looking for shares in the name to extend gains on a day when the stock rose nearly 9.0% to a new record high of $79.15 following a price target increase to $89.00 from $75.00 at JPMorgan. Shares in Yelp are up roughly 290% since this time last year.

It looks like one trader sold 3,343 of the May $60 puts at a premium of $4.34 apiece in order to partially offset the cost of buying a 3,343-lot May $85/$105 call spread for a premium of $5.64 each. The sale of the far out of the money put options reduces the net cost of the bullish position to $1.30 each. The trade starts making money if shares in Yelp rally another 9.0% over today’s high of $79.15 to exceed the effective breakeven point at $86.30 by expiration. The position could generate maximum potential profits of $18.70 per contract in the event that the price of the underlying soars 33% to $105.00 by May expiration.

As long as Yelp shares exceed $60.00 through May expiration, maximum possible losses on the trade are capped at $1.30 per contract. A stock price above $60.00 but below $85.00 at expiration would result in maximum potential losses. The sale of the May $60 puts adds additional risk in the event that shares in Yelp dip below the striking price as the trader could have the stock put to him at that price if the contracts land in the money at expiration. 


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Above Average Volume In Facebook Options As Stock Pushes Higher

FB – Facebook, Inc. – Shares in Facebook are up 3.9% at $44.32 on Friday afternoon, following a price target increase to $55.00 from $40.00 at SunTrust Robinson Humphrey. SunTrust maintains a ‘Buy’ rating on Facebook.

Options volume on FB is marching higher, topping 475,000 contracts by 1:45 p.m. ET and surpassing the stock’s average daily options volume of approximately 402,000 contracts. Trading in FB calls is outpacing that of puts, driving the call/put ratio to 2.2 as of the time of this writing. Shares in Facebook are up more than 130% since this time last year. 

PKG – Packaging Corporation of America – The manufacturer of containerboard and corrugated packing popped up on our ‘hot by options volume’ market scanner on Friday morning due to heavier than usual trading in October expiry calls. Overall options volume in excess of 2,650 contracts as of the time of this writing is more than nine times the stock’s average daily options volume of approximately 290 contracts.

The most actively traded contracts by volume on PKG today are the Oct $57.5 strike calls, with roughly 1,200 lots in play versus open interest of 467 contracts. Most of the volume appears to have been purchased just after 10:00 a.m. ET this morning for an average premium of $0.37 each. Buyers of the $57.5 calls profit at expiration next month in the event that shares in PKG surge 8.0% over the current price of $53.62 to surpass a breakeven point and new 52-week high of $57.87. Packaging Corp is expected to report third-quarter earnings in mid-October.

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Yelp! Options Buzzing As Shares Rocket Higher

Today’s tickers: YELP, TRLA & CTRP

YELP - Yelp Inc. – Shares in the operator of a website that allows consumers to search for and review local businesses jumped 24% today to a record high of $51.80 after the company reported higher than expected second-quarter revenue after the close on Wednesday and forecast third-quarter sales above the average analyst estimate. Bullish options purchased yesterday ahead of the earnings report are generating sizable gains for some traders today. Of note, trades initiated in the Aug $50 strike calls during the final hour of the trading session on Wednesday. Open interest in the Aug $50 calls increased by roughly 650 contracts overnight, and it looks like much of the volume was purchased for between $0.55 and $0.60 apiece. The sharp rally in the stock today now finds the $50 calls trading at $2.60 each, or approximately four times as much, as of midday in New York. The Aug $50 strike call options are the most traded contracts by volume on Yelp thus far in the current session, with around 2,700 lots in play versus open interest of 1,271 contracts. Time and sales data indicates mixed activity during the first half of the trading day; perhaps some sellers are taking profits while buyers of the options position for shares in Yelp to extend gains in the near term. Overall volume in YELP options is approaching 17,000 contracts as of midday, a level that is nearly four times the stock’s average daily options volume of around 4,300 contracts.

TRLA - Trulia, Inc. – The provider of apps and online tools for homebuyers and the real estate industry reported better than expected second-quarter results and forecast third-quarter revenue above consensus estimates after the close on Wednesday, sending shares in Trulia up as much as 24% on Thursday…
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Mad dash for Yelp options as shares soar

 

Today’s tickers: YELP, MGM & DD

YELP - Yelp, Inc. – Shares in Yelp are screaming higher today, up 26.5% at an all-time high of $32.00 as of 11:35 a.m. ET, after the provider of online consumer reviews of local businesses posted first-quarter sales that handily beat analyst estimates. Double-digit percentage gains in the price of the underlying shares sparked heavy trading in Yelp options on Thursday morning, with volume currently up above 11,000 contracts versus the stock’s average daily volume of around 1,300 contracts. In and out-of-the-money call buying on Yelp today indicates some traders are positioning for the price of the underlying to extend gains in the near term. Bullish traders snapped up calls at the May $30, $31 and $32 strikes this morning, driving volume at each strike well above existing open interest levels. More than 800 calls changed hands at the May $32 strike versus open interest of 46 contracts. The bulk of the contracts appear to have been purchased within the first 10 minutes of the opening bell for a premium of $0.40 each. Sharp intraday gains in Yelp’s shares now find the $32 calls trading at $1.35 each, tripling the value of one or more traders’ positions by lunchtime. Meanwhile, upside calls in play out in the August expiry look for shares in Yelp to rally substantially this summer. Bulls betting on the big move purchased around 425 calls at the Aug. $35 strike for an average premium of $1.95 each. Traders long the calls make money at expiration if the price of the underlying jumps 15% over the current price of $32.00 to top the average breakeven point at $36.95.

MGM - MGM Resorts International – Resort casino operator, MGM Resorts International, reported a surprise first-quarter profit ahead of the opening bell this morning, sending shares in the name up 8.0% to a new 52-week high of $14.90 by midday in New York. Bullish options looking for shares to extend gains in the near term are active today, with calls expiring…
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Facebook Friday – Finally Something to get Excited About?

The World is still going to Hell but LOOK – FACEBOOK!

Ah, Facebook will save us.  They have magical powers and will turn around the $60,000,000,000,000 Global equities markets with their $16,000,000,000 IPO, right?  I mean, who are we to question the power of Social Media – probably the single biggest drainer of productivity in the history of all mankind?  

How many Billions of hours of lost productivity have Facebook's 900M users put in over the past few years?  How much is it worth to turn millions of people into couch potatoes and can those ever-fattening eyeballs be converted into advertising Dollars?  That's the real question as Facebook currently does a pretty crappy job of converting – roughly 1/6th as good at it as Google is.  

That won't matter to the people buying Facebook in a Frenzy this morning as they release about 400M shares at $38 a share and I predicted we'd end the day at $45 but maybe $50 or even $55 on a spike up during the day.  We at PSW don't have much interest in playing these silly stocks until there are puts to buy (5/29) and then, if they are still in this nosebleed range – we will be very excited to short the hell out of this stock, which is really worth $25 tops.  

So we are rooting for Facebook, as it will be two weeks before we can short them with options and we would love to see them at any idiotic valuation at that point.  Even with 900M users, a $100Bn valuation says Facebook's users are worth over $100 each.  Yelps users are worth just $20, Instagram's $30 and Twitter's $70 – but Twitter isn't public either so that valuation is nonsense.  

In fact, no public company values users like Facebook is and 900M means not all these users are Americans or even Europeans, where the average per-capital GDP is about $40,000.  No, we're into Asia and the 3rd World here were it's more like $5,000 per person on average.   Are we really supposed to believe that Facebook will convert just as much revenue from a man who makes 100 rupees a day as they do from the average US consumers on steroids?  

900M Facebook users spend an average of 20 minutes a day on the site.  That works out to 16,000 YEARS of…
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CIVVL SERVANT

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The thrills of modern technology.  A new tech start-up will soon offer job-seekers entry into the exciting field of evicting delinquent homeowners and renters laid low by 2020, Vice’s Motherboard reported yesterday.  Upstart app Civvl recently launched a national advertising campaign soliciting job seekers to “be hired as an eviction crew.”  

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House Passes Funding Bill, Averting Government Shutdown

Courtesy of ZeroHedge View original post here.

After several days of terse negotiations, on Tuesday evening House Democrats readers a deal with Republicans on a stopgap funding bill to keep the government operating after restarting talks over disputed farm assistance. Shortly after, just after 8pm ET, lawmakers passed the bill in a bipartisan vote of 359-57.

With government funding set to run out on Sept. 30, leaders of both parties had been working on legislation to continue funding most programs at current levels and thus avoid a government shutdown in the middle of a pandemic, and with the Nov. 3 elections fa...



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'Colossal Backdoor Bailout': Outrage as Pentagon Funnels Hundreds of Millions Meant for Covid Supplies to Private Defense Contractors

 

'Colossal Backdoor Bailout': Outrage as Pentagon Funnels Hundreds of Millions Meant for Covid Supplies to Private Defense Contractors

"If you can't get a Covid test or find an N95, it’s because these contractors stole from the American people to make faster jets and fancy uniforms."

By Jake Johnson

Secretary of Defense Mark Esper and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Army Gen. Mark Milley hold an end of year press conference at the Pentagon on December 20, 2019 in Arlington, Virginia. (Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

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Environmental NGOs Announce Forest Positive Coalition Against Major Consumer Firms

By Jacob Wolinsky. Originally published at ValueWalk.

Environmental NGOs Call Out Consumer Goods Forum and So-Called ‘Forest Positive’ Companies for Failing to Meet Commitments by 2020

Q2 2020 hedge fund letters, conferences and more

NGOs And CGF Companies Announce A Forest Positive Coalition

New York, NY - Environmental NGOs Rainforest Action Network, SumofUs, Friends of the Earth U.S., and Amazon Watch call out the 400-plus companies in the Consumer Goods Forum (CGF) and their just-announced 'Forest Positive Coalition' for failing to cut deforestation from their supply chains in 2020 and...



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How and when will we know that a COVID-19 vaccine is safe and effective?

 

How and when will we know that a COVID-19 vaccine is safe and effective?

How much longer must society wait for a vaccine? ANDRZEJ WOJCICKI/Getty Images

By William Petri, University of Virginia

With COVID-19 vaccines currently in the final phase of study, you’ve probably been wondering how the FDA will decide if a vaccine is safe and effective.

Based on the status of the Phase 3 trials currently underway, it i...



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Could It Be "Schitts Creek" For Technology Stocks If Selling Starts Here?

Courtesy of Chris Kimble

The Nasdaq has been the unparalleled leader of the stock market in 2020, having rallied furiously off the COVID-19 crash market bottom in March.

But all of the excitement around tech stocks and the comeback in the stock market may be coming to an end… that is, if a key Fibonacci price target has anything to do with it!

In today’s chart, we look at the long-term “monthly” chart of the Nasdaq Composite Index (IXIC) and focus in on the 18-year rally.

As you can see, the Nasdaq peaked in 2000 and bottomed in 2002. Applying Fibona...



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Stocks are not done yet - Update

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There are a few times in history when a third party said this US paper (stocks, funds or bonds) is worthless.

Here is two.

1) 1965 Nixon Shock - The French said to US we do not want your paper dollars please pay us in gold. This of course led to the US going off the gold standard.

2) 2007 Bear Stern Fund Collapse - Investors said their funds collateral was worth much less than stated. This of course was the beginning of the great america housing bust of 2008.


In both cases it was stated .."look the Emperor is naked!"... (The Empe...

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Cryptocurrencies Rarely Used To Launder Money, Fiat Preferred

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Authored by Shaurya Malwa via Decrypt.io,

Traditional channels continue to dominate the estimated $2 trillion global money laundering racket instead of cryptocurrencies, a report says.

In brief
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Adaptive Fibonacci Price Modeling System Suggests Market Peak May Be Near

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Our Adaptive Fibonacci Price Modeling system is suggesting a moderate price peak may be already setting up in the NASDAQ while the Dow Jones, S&P500, and Transportation Index continue to rally beyond the projected Fibonacci Price Expansion Levels.  This indicates that capital may be shifting away from the already lofty Technology sector and into Basic Materials, Financials, Energy, Consumer Staples, Utilities, as well as other sectors.

This type of a structural market shift indicates a move away from speculation and towards Blue Chip returns. It suggests traders and investors are expecting the US consumer to come back strong (or at least hold up the market at...



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Texas, Florida, Arizona, Georgia - The Branch COVIDIANS Are Still Burning Down the House

 

Texas, Florida, Arizona, Georgia – The Branch COVIDIANS Are Still Burning Down the House

Courtesy of Lee Adler, WallStreetExaminer 

The numbers of new cases in some of the hardest hit COVID19 states have started to plateau, or even decline, over the past few days. A few pundits have noted it and concluded that it was a hopeful sign. 

Is it real or is something else going on? Like a restriction in the numbers of tests, or simply the inability to test enough, or are some people simply giving up on getting tested? Because as we all know from our dear leader, the less testing, the less...



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Economic Data Scheduled For Friday

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  • Data on nonfarm payrolls and unemployment rate for March will be released at 8:30 a.m. ET.
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  • The ISM's non-manufacturing index for March will be released at 10:00 a.m. ET.
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