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Zynga Weekly Calls Active

ZNGA – Zynga Inc. – A narrower than expected third-quarter loss on higher than expected revenue reported by the social game developer on Thursday lifted shares in Zynga on Friday, with shares in the name rallying as much as 14% to a new 52-week high of $4.04.

Trading traffic in weekly calls on the maker of Farmville and other games suggests some options players are positioning for the price of the underling to extend gains next week. More than 9,000 calls have changed hands at the Nov 01 ’13 $4.0 strike as of 11:30 a.m. ET against open interest of 1,926 contracts, with much of the volume purchased in the early going at a premium of $0.19 each. Buyers of the $4.0 weekly call options on ZNGA stand ready to profit at expiration should shares in the San Francisco, California-based company rally another 3.7% to exceed the breakeven price of $4.19.

Overall options volume on the stock is well above average today, with roughly 72,500 contracts in play versus Zynga’s average daily options volume of around 29,000 contracts. 

ELY – Callaway Golf Co. – Shares in the maker of golf equipment and apparel are soaring on Friday, up better than 14% to hit a new 52-week high of $8.32 after the company reported third-quarter results after the close on Thursday and raised its full-year revenue guidance. Callaway was raised to ‘Buy’ from ‘Neutral’ with a 12-month target share price of $11.00 at DA Davidson following the quarterly earnings report.

Options traders who purchased upside calls on the stock prior to the company’s earnings release are enjoying sizable gains in the value of bullish positions. Yesterday, one or more traders snapped up more than 800 of the Nov $8.0 strike calls at premiums of $0.10 and $0.15 each. The sharp move in the price of the underlying today now finds the $8.0 strike calls trading at $0.40 each as of the time of this writing.

Today, it looks like traders are purchasing in-the-money call options on Callaway, buying roughly 760 of the Nov $7.0 strike calls at an average premium of $1.23 apiece during morning trading. Options players long the $7.0 strike calls stand ready to profit at expiration next month should shares in ELY settle above the average breakeven price of $8.23. 


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Bulls Snap Up Wal-Mart Weeklies As Shares Extend Gains

Options brief will resume June 4, 2012.

Today’s tickers: WMT, GNOM & ZNGA

WMT - Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. – Wal-Mart weeklies worked out well for some bullish traders this week. For example, buyers of the May 25 ‘12 $62.5 strike call on Monday paid an average premium of $0.64 apiece for options that are now worth more than four times that amount on their final day of trading ahead of expiration. Trading traffic in call options that expire next Friday suggests some traders anticipate this same strategy could pay off next week as well. The sharp rally in Wal-Mart’s shares since the New York Times published a report regarding a cover up of alleged bribery in the company’s Mexico operations indicates investors have largely shrugged off the news for now, with shares in the world’s largest retailer currently trading at their highest level in more than a decade. The stock has posted double-digit gains since mid May, and added another 0.65% today to touch an intraday high of $65.50. Bullish players positioning for further gains in WMT shares stepped in this morning and purchased more than 1,500 calls at the June 01 ’12 strike for an average premium of $0.69 apiece. Call buyers profit at expiration next week if shares in the retailer exceed the average breakeven price of $65.69. Wal-Mart’s annual shareholders’ meeting is scheduled to take place next Friday.

GNOM - Complete Genomics, Inc. – Options on biomedical company, Complete Genomics, Inc., have been humming with activity this week as shares in the name move sharply higher. The stock soared 42.5% to an intraday high of $3.32 this morning, taking gains in GNOM up to 101% since Monday. Call open interest levels in Complete Genomics have been on the rise this week, and some traders appear to have landed overnight paper profits on bullish positions established in the front month options. The number of open positions in the June $2.5 strike call increased more…
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Friday Finale – This is the End – But for Who?

SPY DAILYA day late and a point short on the S&P.  

Our senior index finished the day at 1,358.04, just 0.96 under our 10% line at 1,359.  Oddly enough, it never actually crossed the line that we had predicted would be the top of this run in April of 2009.  It's a simple 2% overshoot of the 100% run from the S&P bottom at 666.  

If the S&P can get over the line and hold it – we will be THRILLED to finally redraw our Big Chart but, if not, then this is just the blow-off top of the range, reeling in the suckers ahead of the big reversal that no one could have possibly seen coming (except this guy but he's like 100 and just got divorced, so he's bound to be in a bad mood).  

Is there anyone who was born SINCE radio who is willing to still be bearish?  As you can see from David Fry's chart, since December 19th, other than a few red days out of over 40 – it's been tough to be a bear.  This is what it was like in 1999, when the experienced market players would be well-hedged and missing the rally while some kid who works for him quits because he bet his student loan money on Yahoo and now drives a Porsche.   

Sure 9 months later the Porsche was repossessed and the kid was flipping burgers but WE WANT TO BE THAT KID – IT'S FUN TO BE THAT KID – until it isn't again.  The funny thing is, we only gave those dot com companies Millions when they IPO'd – now we give out Billions because, of course, this time is different, it's a new paradigm, this changes everything, you have to understand the new metrics, sock puppets rule….  

McDonald's was founded in 1940 by two brothers actually named McDonald.  Ray Krok bought the chain from them and created the World's greatest franchise which now has over 26,000 franchise operations and over 6,000 company stores employing about 1.7M people worldwide selling $24Bn worth of food a year with a $5Bn net profit.  Facebook has 3,200 people but they generate $1.2M in revenues per employee ($3.8Bn) and drops $1Bn to the bottom line.  Facebook's assets are mainly IP and those are about as valuable as MySpace's assets now
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Heavy Action In BP Call Options With Earnings On The Horizon

 

Today’s tickers: ZNGA, UPS & SXC

ZNGA - Zynga Inc. – Options on the social game developer behind wildly popular games such as Words with Friends and FarmVille continue to trade at a Facebook-IPO-induced fever pitch today. Investors exchanged roughly 45,000 option contracts on Zynga by 12:30 p.m. in New York, while the price of the shares reached new heights one day after the highly-anticipated Facebook filing became a reality. Shares in ZNGA rallied as much as 21.8% in the first half of the trading session to an all-time high of $12.91. Out-of-the-money call buying in the front month suggests some traders are positioning for the price of the underlying to extend gains in the near term. February $13 strike call options that cost around $0.15 apiece at the beginning of the week, are now more than five times as expensive given the current asking price of $0.80 per contract. Traders looked to the Feb. $14 and $15 strikes, buying calls this morning at average premiums of $0.35 and $0.22 each, respectively. Call buyers may profit at expiration if Zynga’s shares continue to post strong gains in the next few weeks, but only risk losing the premium paid for the options should the stock’s run-up reverse course. Meanwhile, buyers of some 5,000 puts at the Feb. $12 strike stand to profit in the event that Zynga’s shares pull back off their highs ahead of expiration. Investors that bought into Zynga call options weeks ago when shares in the game developer were down sharply off their December-IPO price of $10.00 saw, in some cases, the value of their positions sky-rocket this week. Traders that paid an average premium of $0.85 apiece for Feb. $8.0 strike calls back on January 9 now find those call options cost $4.30 each as of 1:00 p.m. in afternoon trade.…
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Recession

 

Recession

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The bad news is piling up. The recession that people are looking for may already be here.

We heard about inventory buildup at Target and Walmart last week and the stocks responded with their worst day since…1987.  Those were not isolated incidents. This week we heard the same from Kohl’s and Abercrombie, whose stock is cratering 30% on the news.

In other news, Snap just warned of an imminent slowdown.

From The WSJ :

“In a surprise announcement, Snap Inc., the ...



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Politics

The big exodus of Ukrainian refugees isn't an accident - it's part of Putin's plan to destabilize Europe

 

The big exodus of Ukrainian refugees isn’t an accident – it’s part of Putin’s plan to destabilize Europe

Ukrainians fleeing the war walk toward a train in Krakow to bring them to Berlin on March 15, 2022. Omar Marques/Getty Images

Courtesy of Mark A. Grey, University of Northern Iowa

More than 6.3 million Ukrainians have fled their country since Russia first invaded in late February 2022.

The European Union h...



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Zero Hedge

JPMorgan Trading Desk Commentary: "The Supply On Our Desk Is Starting To Dissipate"

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After another market rollercoaster session, here are some thoughts from JPMorgan's trading desk, starting with Ron Adler, TMT [Trend-Momentum-Trendline] trader, who is seeing what may be the start of a reversal in bearish sentiment in the TMT space...

The transcript on many conversations goes like this: “So I know WHY X is down, but WHY is X down SO MUCH?”

The supply on our desk is starting to dissipate. Some are trying to pick a bottom in names like SNAP, FB, and UBER...but that strategy has been futile.

  • INTERNET: IT FEELS LIKE YOU CAN’T OWN ANYTHING IN INTERNET RIGHT NOW – CHANGE MY MIND....
  • E-COMMERCE: If AMZN, WMT and TGT are having issues, I don’t think ...


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ValueWalk

The Shocks Which Have Ripped Through The UK Economy During The Queen's 70 Year Reign

By Anna Peel. Originally published at ValueWalk.

  • 1956 – The Suez canal crisis in 1956 led to an economic crisis and capital flight
  • 1975 – Consumer price inflation reached 24% during the oil crisis
  • 1984 – Unemployment soared to 11.9% amid miners’ strike
  • 1987  – FTSE All Share drops 22% on Black Monday
  • 2001 – Dotcom bubble burst and markets fall by more than 50% over 3 years
  • 2008 – Financial crisis hits with housing market falling 15% by February 2009
  • 2016 – The vote for Brexit sees the pound fall sharply on currency markets
  • 2000 – The pandemic sees record fall in output, with GDP falling 19.6%
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Kimble Charting Solutions

Can Treasury Bonds (TLT) Reverse Higher From Historic Oversold Level?

Courtesy of Chris Kimble

It’s been an ugly couple of year for US Treasury Bonds. T-bond prices have dropped sharply as yields have risen.

This has been an added pressure on retirement portfolios as treasury bonds are no longer trading like a conservative asset.

Time for a bounce in T-bonds?

Today, we take a look at the long-term “monthly” chart of the 20+ Year US Treasury Bond ETF (TLT).

As you can see, 2 years ago bonds peaked and formed a historic bearish reversal pattern at the highest momentum reading ever.

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Chart School

Powell has a debt problem

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The last time the US entertained debt this high (relative to GDP) was post World War 2.


The prior US high debt years were between 1936 and 1954, back then the public understood why the high debt existed (WW2) and why the public had to suffer high inflation to allow deflation of the debt to a manageable level. This question was not as political as it is today.   


Current US debt levels are the result of 'end of empire' spending, simply spending on steroids beyond one means. The FED needs inflation for the same reason as the post WW2 period to deflate away the debt.


The current political talk of 'fight inflation' will be short lived and the FED will be forced to accept higher inflation levels over the 2% (say b...

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Biotech/COVID-19

What is monkeypox? A microbiologist explains what's known about this smallpox cousin

 

What is monkeypox? A microbiologist explains what’s known about this smallpox cousin

Monkeypox causes lesions that resemble pus-filled blisters, which eventually scab over. CDC/Getty Images

Courtesy of Rodney E. Rohde, Texas State University

On May 18, 2022, Massachusetts health officials and the Centers for Disease Control ...



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Digital Currencies

Stablecoin volatility shows an urgent need for regulation to protect consumers

 

Stablecoin volatility shows an urgent need for regulation to protect consumers

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Courtesy of Matthew Shillito, University of Liverpool

Some cryptocurrencies have always been fairly volatile, with values soaring or plunging within a short space of time. So for the more cautious investor, “stablecoins” were considered the sensible place to go. As the name implies, they are designed to be a steadier and safer bet.

At the moment though, that stability is proving hard to find. The value of o...



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Phil's Interview on Options Trading with TD Bank

TD Bank's host Bryan Rogers interviewed Phil on June 10 as part of TD's Options Education Month. If you missed the program, be sure to watch the video below. It should be required viewing for anyone trading or thinking about trading using options. 

Watch here:

TD's webinar with Phil (link) or right here at PSW

Screenshots of TD's slides illustrating Phil's examples:

 

 

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Mapping The Market

Suez Canal: Critical Waterway Comes to a Halt

 

Suez Canal: Critical Waterway Comes to a Halt

Courtesy of Marcus Lu, Visual Capitalist

The Suez Canal: A Critical Waterway Comes to a Halt

On March 23, 2021, a massive ship named Ever Given became lodged in the Suez Canal, completely blocking traffic in both directions. According to the Suez Canal Authority, the 1,312 foot long (400 m) container ship ran aground during a sandstorm that caused low visibility, impacting the ship’s navigation. The vessel is owned by Taiwanese shipping firm, Evergreen Marine.

With over 2...



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The Technical Traders

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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Lee's Free Thinking

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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Insider Scoop

Economic Data Scheduled For Friday

Courtesy of Benzinga

  • Data on nonfarm payrolls and unemployment rate for March will be released at 8:30 a.m. ET.
  • US Services Purchasing Managers' Index for March is scheduled for release at 9:45 a.m. ET.
  • The ISM's non-manufacturing index for March will be released at 10:00 a.m. ET.
  • The Baker Hughes North American rig count report for the latest week is scheduled for release at 1:00 p.m. ET.
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