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Unusual Options Activity: CAT, FIT, RAX, RL, And More

It’s time to review several stocks that had unusual options activity over the last week. Although traders can never be sure why these trades take place (and who’s making them), I believe it’s important to be aware of notable options activity as an indicator for directional bias. Here’s a weekly recap of 10 stocks that had unusual options activity and what, if any, significance these trades may have. Unusual Options Activity: 10 Stocks With Notable

Unusual Options Activity: 5 Stock To Watch (TWTR, BKS, NFX, MDLZ, VMEM)

Unusual Options Activity Report Here’s a quick look at 5 stocks showing unusual options activity with some color around the trading setups and recent news about the companies. Barnes & Noble (BKS) – The Sep $24/$26/$30 bull call spread risk reversal was put on 1,840 times for a $0.55 debit. A trade like this one involves buying the Sep $26/$30 bull call spread and selling the Sep $24 puts for

Options Trading Ideas: Treasury Bond ETF (TLT) Looks Tired

On Monday, I laid out as to why the iShares 20+ Year Treasury Bond ETF (TLT), may be stuck in limbo in the near-term between its 50- and 200-day moving averages and why the latter is likely to act as resistance. Nothing much has changed since then, except the ETF is showing signs of fatigue (see chart 1 below). And this type of action often opens the door for an

Trading Setups: 5 Stocks To Watch (SLV, ABMD, ZIOP, MDXG, NOC)

Given the broad oversold conditions, today’s bounce should not have been a surprise to anyone. As a result, several short-term trading setups emerged this morning. The S&P 500 bounced right off its 200 day moving average (dma) and ended the day in the 2090-2100 resistance area. The Russell 2000 had a textbook opening flush under the 200dma, followed by a potent bullish reversal. The question now, of course, is where

Unusual Options Activity: CHK, COP, HLT, TWTR, And More

It’s time to review several stocks that had unusual options activity over the last week. Although traders can never be sure why these trades take place (and who’s making them), I believe it’s important to be aware of notable options activity as an indicator for directional bias. Here’s a weekly recap of 10 stocks that had unusual options activity and what, if any, significance these trades may have. Unusual Options Activity: 10 Stocks With Notable

Trading Ideas: 5 Stocks To Watch (AGN, JAZZ, MNK, ITW, TLT)

The S&P 500 joined the Russell 2000 today and paused to consolidate recent gains giving back roughly -0.4% for the day. The Nasdaq Composite maintained its strength during the regular trading hours and ended the day mostly flat. However, the after-hours session brought several poorly received earnings reports, most notably from Apple (AAPL) and Microsoft (MSFT). Tomorrow could, therefore, turn into a test of market strength to see if the

Unusual Options Activity: 5 Stocks To Watch (PYPL, C, AKS, AMD, BAX)

Unusual Options Activity Report Here’s a quick look at 5 stocks showing unusual options activity with some color around the trading setups and recent news about the companies. AK Steel (AKS)- There was a rollout from 16,431 Sep $3 puts ($0.47 credit) into 32,177 Jan 2016 $2 puts ($0.24 debit). Steel prices are hitting multi-year lows and EPS estimates continue to be revised lower because of it (-$0.47 to -$0.90

Unusual Options Activity: RAD, RIG, TWTR, TXN, And More

It’s Sunday night so it’s time to review several stocks that had unusual options activity over the last week. Although traders can never be sure why these trades take place (or who is making them), I believe that it’s important to be aware of notable options activity as another indicator for directional bias. Here’s a weekly recap of 10 stocks that had unusual options activity and what, if any, significance these trades may have. Unusual Options

Trading Setups: 5 Stocks To Watch (AMBA, JAZZ, UNH, VEEV, XON)

Another day, another impressive market move. The S&P 500 Index (SPX – quote) wasted no time in reclaiming the 2100 level, closing comfortably above it. Meanwhile, the Nasdaq and Russell 2000 each gained some +0.6%. Strength among sectors and individual stocks was even more apparent, as several trading setups took shape. JPMorgan Chase (JPM) and Wells Fargo (WFC) both shook off lukewarm earnings reports and had strong advances as did several

Las Vegas Sands 2Q Earnings Preview: Will Seasonality Be A Tailwind?

Las Vegas Sands (LVS) received a boost recently as reports circulated that Macau may lift its smoking ban on casinos. Las Vegas Sands is scheduled to report 2Q earnings some time this week (TBD). Analysts are expecting Las Vegas Sands 2Q earnings to come in at .61c per share on 3.04B in revenue. The last four quarters have been woeful for LVS and their stock has followed suit. According to