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2015-08-11 Options Report (A) (HPQ)

Posted on August 11th, by Mitchell Warren in Options Reports, Options Risk Management, Premium Articles, Unusual Options Activity. Comments Off on 2015-08-11 Options Report (A) (HPQ)

Options Report

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2015-06-09 Unusual Options Activity (A) (DSW)

Posted on June 9th, by Mitchell Warren in Free Articles, Options Risk Management, Smart Money Report, Unusual Options Activity. Comments Off on 2015-06-09 Unusual Options Activity (A) (DSW)

Unusual Options Activity

Agilent Technologies (A)- The July $37.50/$42.50 bull risk reversal was put on 3,000 times for a $0.01 debit. On May 28th, the board of directors authorized a $1.14B share repurchase program that will run through 2018 (currently using $365M that is left from an existing plan).
DSW Inc (DSW)- 5,000 July $35 calls were sold for $1.00-$1.14, against open interest of 8,327 contracts. There was big buying in these calls on May 28th. However, the stock failed to make a move above resistance at the 50-day EMA.
Fairway Group (FWM)- 2,000 Dec $4 puts were bought for $0.95. Put activity was 5x the average daily volume. Major support is around the $2.50 level. On May 26th, they reported their 6th straight quarterly sales decline; gross margins shrunk 20 basis points to 32.2%.
Kroger (KR)- Large June and July call/put selling ahead … Read More »


2014-09-23 Smart Money Report (DG) (MBI)

Posted on September 23rd, by Mitchell Warren in Free Articles, Options Risk Management, Smart Money Report, Unusual Options Activity. Comments Off on 2014-09-23 Smart Money Report (DG) (MBI)

Smart Money Report

A- 10,000 Oct $60 calls were sold for $0.23 each, against open interest of 3,866 contracts. The $59-$60 level has been major resistance all year long in Agilent Technologies.
DG- 25,000 Nov $67.50 calls were purchased for $0.95 each, against open interest of 5,969 contracts. Typically trades 14,224 calls per day. Dollar General continues to pursue a takeover of rival Family Dollar Stores (FDO).
EXAS- 2,712 Oct $21 calls were bought for $1.04 each, against open interest of 1,076 contracts. Yesterday, EXACT Sciences announced that Group Health Cooperative will be the first health plan in Wisconsin to offer Cologuard (colorectal cancer screening test).
GFI- 14,000 Nov $4 puts were sold for $0.20 each, against no previous open interest. The trader/investor is betting on the recent correction being near an end through at least November options expiration.
MBI- 5,000 Sep 26 weekly $9.50 … Read More »


2014-08-14 Smart Money Report (A) (ALR)

Posted on August 14th, by Mitchell Warren in Free Articles, Options Risk Management, Smart Money Report, Unusual Options Activity. Comments Off on 2014-08-14 Smart Money Report (A) (ALR)

Smart Money Report

A- 4,300 Sep $55 calls were purchased for $1.82 each, against open interest of 1,023 contracts. This was tied to a sale of 430,000 shares. Agilent Technologies earnings are due out tonight. The stock has dropped after earnings on 4 out of the last 7 reports.
ALR- A rollout from 2,250 Aug $40 puts (credit) into 2,700 Nov $38 puts (debit). Volume was above the open interest in the Nov $38 puts. Unlikely a hedge on Alere given how deep in-the-money the puts are.
CLNY- Another 1,990 Dec $22.50 calls were purchased for $0.60 each, against open interest of 3,062 contracts. There was large buying in these yesterday.
GES- The Jan 2016 $20/$30 bull risk reversal was put on 1,000 times for a $0.00 debit. Volume was below the open interest in both options. Earnings are due out on 8/27. The … Read More »


2014-07-31 Smart Money Report (A) (ACAS)

Posted on July 31st, by Mitchell Warren in Free Articles, Options Risk Management, Smart Money Report, Unusual Options Activity. Comments Off on 2014-07-31 Smart Money Report (A) (ACAS)

Smart Money Report

A- The Aug/Nov $57.50 call calendar was put on 5,000 times for a $1.58 debit. Volume was above the open interest in both options. Earnings are due out 8/14. They sold the Aug $57.50 calls and bought the Nov $57.50 calls. This means they look for the Agilent Technologies shares to struggle with $57.50 in the near-term, but see gains later this year.
ACAS- The Nov $14/$17 bull risk reversal was put on 3,187 times for a $0.05 debit. Volume was below the open interest in both options. American Capital earnings are due out on 8/6.
F- 20,000 Dec $18 calls were purchased for $0.48 each, against open interest of 13,016 contracts. This was tied to a sale of 1,624,960 shares for $17.11.
MET- The Jan 2016 $45/$52.50 bull risk reversal was put on 2,500 times for a $2.45 debit. Volume … Read More »


2013-12-19 Smart Money Report (BBRY) (NKE)

Posted on December 19th, by Mitchell Warren in Free Articles, Options Risk Management, Smart Money Report, Unusual Options Activity. Comments Off on 2013-12-19 Smart Money Report (BBRY) (NKE)

Smart Money Report

BBRY- BlackBerry will report Q3 earnings before the bell tomorrow morning. Analysts are looking for -$0.44 in EPS and revenue of $1.6 billion. The options market is implying a $0.62 move, or 10.06%, in either direction through Friday’s close. The call to put ratio in (BBRY) options is 1.69.
NKE- Nike will release Q2 earnings after the bell tonight. Analysts are looking for $0.58 in EPS and revenue of $6.4 billion. Option traders are pricing in a $3.40 move, or 4.35%, in either direction through Friday’s close. Call to put ratio in (NKE) options is currently 1.31.
A- The May 2014 $52.50/$60 bull risk reversal was put on 3k times for a $0.81 debit. Volume was above the open interest in both options.
ORCL- 13,989 Feb. 2014 $38 calls were purchased for $0.38 each, against open interest of 380 contracts.
AAPL- Apple … Read More »


2013-12-19 Unusual Options Activity (A) (ORCL)

Posted on December 19th, by Mitchell Warren in Options Risk Management, Unusual Options Activity. Comments Off on 2013-12-19 Unusual Options Activity (A) (ORCL)

 Unusual Options Activity

In today’s Unusual Options Activity Report we highlight a large call buyer in Oracle (ORCL) and a bull risk reversal in Agilent Technologies (A).

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