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Call Volume Pops At Halcon Resources

 

Today’s tickers: HK, ZMH & RFMD

HK - Halcon Resources Corp. – Shares in energy company, Halcon Resources, rallied more than 6.0% to an intraday high of $7.74 on Tuesday morning, sparking heavy trading traffic in upside call options on the stock. Bursts of heavy call buying on the stock earlier in the session suggests one or more options traders are positioning for shares in Halcon to increase sharply in the near and long term. Traders looking for shares in HK to potentially rally to the highest level since September of 2012 by May expiration snapped up around 2,300 calls at the May $8.0 strike for an average premium of $0.36 each. The company is scheduled to report first-quarter earnings during the first full week in May. Bulls looked to October expiry calls, as well. It looks like traders picked up around 700 calls at the Oct. $9.0 strike for an average premium of $0.65 each, and purchased 1,100 call options at the Oct. $10 strike at an average premium of $0.47 apiece. Buyers of the October expiry $10 strike calls may profit at expiration in the event that Halcon’s shares surge 35% to top the average breakeven price $10.47. The most heavily traded contracts on HK on Tuesday morning were the Jan. 2015 $12 strike calls, which traded upwards of 22,000 times against open interest of 2,607 contracts. Trading in the $12 strike calls appears to be mixed, with the bulk of the contracts changing hands at $1.10 each. Strategists purchasing $12 strike calls on Halcon may profit at expiration in January of 2015 should shares in the energy company gain roughly 70% to trade above $13.10.

ZMH - Zimmer Holdings, Inc. – Options changing hands on the maker of knee and hip replacement products are looking for shares in Zimmer Holdings, Inc. to potentially decline during the next few weeks. Shares in ZMH are up 1.0% on Tuesday morning to stand at $73.45 as of 11:10 a.m. ET. The most actively traded contracts as measured by…
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Mixed Sentiment Apparent in Bank of America Options Action

Today’s tickers: BAC, XRT, ZMH, GMCR, COF, YHOO, ZGEN & NYT

BAC – Bank of America Corp. – One massive options transaction on Bank of America today suggests one investor has made a bee-line for the hills. The trader observed ducking for cover appears to be expecting the recent rebound in the price of the financial firm’s shares to come to an abrupt end ahead of September expiration. Shares in BAC climbed 2.1% during the session to pin down an intraday high of $13.49. It looks like the options player sold shares of the underlying stock for approximately $13.35 each and purchased 100,000 calls at the September $14 strike for premium of $0.10 apiece. The trader, who is now short the stock and effectively long a stop loss, seems to be anticipating shares will falter ahead of expiration. Near-term pessimism by one trader was countered by longer-term bullish activity on BAC in the January 2011 contract where it looks like another investor put on a three-legged bullish combination strategy. The options optimist sold 10,000 puts at the January 2011 $12.5 strike at a premium of $0.84 each, purchased 10,000 calls at the January 2011 $14 strike for premium of $1.00 apiece, and sold 10,000 calls at the higher January 2011 $17.5 strike at a premium of $0.16 a-pop. The transaction nets out to $0.00 and positions the trader to make money if shares of the financial services firm rally above $14.00 by expiration day. Maximum potential profits of $3.50 per contract are secure in the trader’s piggy bank if the bank’s shares jump 29.7% to trade above $17.50 by expiration day in January. We note that open interest at each of the strikes described is sufficient to cover each of the three legs of the transaction. Therefore, it is possible that the seemingly bullish trade represents a closing transaction instead.

XRT – SPDR S&P Retail ETF – Options on the retail ETF were some of the most actively traded during the current session. The majority of the 171,000 contracts exchanged on the fund as of 2:50 pm ET were September contract puts and calls, but there were some longer-term positions established today, as well. Shares of the XRT, an exchange-traded fund designed to replicate the performance of the S&P Retail Select Industry Index, earlier rallied as much as 1.35% to an intraday high of $38.71. One big options player hoping…
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Large Caps Feel the Heat as Semiconductors Struggle

Courtesy of Declan.

Yesterday, Small Caps led the rally as Large Caps lost ground. Today, those same weak Large Caps took another hit and dragged Tech indices with them.  Small Caps also suffered but they have plenty of wiggle room before they hit trouble.

The Dow sell-off didn't stop at its 50-day MA and is now on course to test its 200-day MA. Technicals, aside from Stochastics, are bearish.


Of greater concern was the hit to the Semiconductor Index. The attempt to hold 1,393 support was swiftly ...

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Opioids don't have to be addictive - the new versions will treat pain without triggering pleasure

 

Opioids don't have to be addictive – the new versions will treat pain without triggering pleasure

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Courtesy of Tao Che, University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill

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Dow Ties Worst Losing Streak In 40 Years

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The brief respite for Chinese stocks disappeared overnight...

And it appears to be finally leaking into American stock markets too...

The Dow closed red... again... for the 8th day in a row...

There has not been a longer Dow losing streak since 1978!!

The Dow is down over 1% YTD while Nasdaq...



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Digital Currencies

BIS Blasts Cryptos In Special Report: "Beyond The Hype"

Courtesy of Mike Shedlock, MishTalk

The BIS blasts cryptos over scaling issues, energy, and trust. The BIS is correct. Cryptos are fatally flawed as money.

A Bank of International Settlements (BIS) report examines cryptocurrencies in depth. The study, called "Looking Beyond the Hype" investigates whether cryptocurrencies could play any role as money.

Bloomberg, Reuters, and the Bitcoin Exchange guide all have articles on the report but not one of the bothered to link to it.

After a bit of digging, I found the crypto report is part of an upcoming BIS annual report. The BIS pre-released the crypto report today (as chapter 5).

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Biotech

Mind molding psychedelic drugs could treat depression, and other mental illnesses

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Mind molding psychedelic drugs could treat depression, and other mental illnesses

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Courtesy of David E. Olson, University of California, Davis

It seems that psychedelics do more than simply alter perception. According to the latest research from my colleagues and me, they change the structures of neurons th...



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Buffett At His Best

By csinvesting. Originally published at ValueWalk.

Bear with me as I share a bit of my history that helped me create SkyVu and the Battle Bears games. The University of Nebraska gave me my first job after college. I mostly pushed TV carts around, edited videos for professors or the occasional speaker event. One day, Warren Buffet came to campus to speak to the College of Business. I didn’t think much of this speech at the time but I saved it for some reason. 15 years later, as a founder of my own company, I watch and listen to this particular speech every year to remind myself of the fundamentals and values Mr. Buffett looks for. He’s addressing business students at his alma mater, so I think his style here is a bit more ‘close to home’ than in his other speeches. Hopefully many of you find great value in this video like I have. Sorry for the VHS...



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The Stock Bull Market Stops Here!

 

The Stock Bull Market Stops Here!

Courtesy of Kimble Charting

 

The definition of a bull market or bull trends widely vary. One of the more common criteria for bull markets is determined by the asset being above or below its 200 day moving average.

In my humble opinion, each index above remains in a bull trend, as triple support (200-day moving averages, 2-year rising support lines, and February lows) are still in play ...



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Cambridge Analytica and the 2016 Election: What you need to know (updated)

 

"If you want to fundamentally reshape society, you first have to break it." ~ Christopher Wylie

[Interview: Cambridge Analytica whistleblower: 'We spent $1m harvesting millions of Facebook profiles' – video]

"You’ve probably heard by now that Cambridge Analytica, which is backed by the borderline-psychotic Mercer family and was formerly chaired by Steve Bannon, had a decisive role in manipulating voters on a one-by-one basis – using their own personal data to push them toward voting ...



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The tricks propagandists use to beat science

Via Jean-Luc

How propagandist beat science – they did it for the tobacco industry and now it's in favor of the energy companies:

The tricks propagandists use to beat science

The original tobacco strategy involved several lines of attack. One of these was to fund research that supported the industry and then publish only the results that fit the required narrative. “For instance, in 1954 the TIRC distributed a pamphlet entitled ‘A Scientific Perspective on the Cigarette Controversy’ to nearly 200,000 doctors, journalists, and policy-makers, in which they emphasized favorable research and questioned results supporting the contrary view,” say Weatherall and co, who call this approach biased production.

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Swing trading portfolio - week of September 11th, 2017

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This post is for all our live virtual trade ideas and daily comments. Please click on "comments" below to follow our live discussion. All of our current  trades are listed in the spreadsheet below, with entry price (1/2 in and All in), and exit prices (1/3 out, 2/3 out, and All out).

We also indicate our stop, which is most of the time the "5 day moving average". All trades, unless indicated, are front-month ATM options. 

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