Two Small-Cap Dividend Plays for Your Portfolio Now

These names offer solid yields as well as upside potential. We’re fans of dividend paying companies. There’s nothing as satisfying as getting regular cash payments, especially during those periods of market uncertainty. What’s more, dividend paying companies are usually more financially conservative, focusing on managing their existing business rather than on growth. While that may scare off growth investors, it doesn’t need to. There are plenty of small-cap plays can offer growth as well as current income now, which makes them attractive ...
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Insider Trading Reports: Dow Inc (DOW)

Director increases stake by 82 percent. Richard Davis, a director at Dow Inc (DOW), added 6,000 shares to his holdings. The buy increased his stake by 82 percent. The total cost of the buy came to just over $317,000. Insider buying data for the past few years shows a mix of buys and sells, with total share buys exceeding sales. Most activity has occurred by directors. Dow Inc is one of three companies spun off from DowDuPont in April 2019. The Dow spinoff, ...
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Unusual Options Activity: Juniper Networks (JNPR)

Trader bets on decline through March. March 2020 $23 put options on Juniper Networks (JNPR) saw a 50-fold surge in volume, going from 123 open contracts to over 5,900 trade hands. The trade, expiring in 53 days, is a bet that shares of the company will fall at least $1.50 from their current price. For the trader to profit at expiration, shares would need to close in on $22.65, to make up for the cost of $0.45 per contract. Shares of the communication equipment ...
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Two Stocks For the Presidential Election (and Beyond)

November’s election may change business as usual, but not for these companies. Astute traders are already starting to look to the November presidential elections. That’s because any change in the White House could spell big changes on a number of tax and regulatory items. Traders don’t like uncertainty, and that will start to be reflected later in the year. For the time being, however, a few companies stand out for the high likelihood that they’ll continue to make investors money hand over fist ...
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Insider Trading Reports: Phillips 66 Partners (PSXP)

Two directors add to stake. Mark Haney, a director at Phillips 66 Partners (PSXP), recently added 1,640 shares, paying just over $62,000 to do so. The buy increased his stake by 5.5 percent. He was joined by another director, Phillip Barrington, who also picked up 1,640 shares, paying three cents less per share on average. The buy increased his stake by 15.5 percent. Insider data going back to 2013 shows that insiders have only been buyers of shares, never ...
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Unusual Options Activity: Spotify Technology (SPOT)

Trader bets on 80 percent rally in shares this year. January 2021 calls with a $270 strike price on Spotify Technology (SPOT) saw a five-fold increase in volume, going from 157 open contracts to over 825. The bet, expiring in 358 days, would call for an 80 percent rally in shares from the current price around $148. The trader paid about $1.05, or $105 per contract, so any rally in Spotify shares this year would likely lead to outsized returns on this trade. Shares ...
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Insider Trading Reports: Parker Drilling Co. (PKD)

Major owner adds to stake. Highbridge Capital, a major owner in Parker Drilling Co. (PKD), added another 43,029 shares. The buy increased the fund’s stake by nearly 2.9 percent. The purchase price came to just over $760,000. This marks the first insider activity at the company this year. Last year saw only sales by insiders, dominated by repeat sales from another fund with a major stake. A few corporate employees sold off shares as well. Shares of the oil and ...
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Unusual Options Activity: Virgin Galactic Holdings (SPCE)

Trader bets space tourism company’s shares will go to the moon this year. January 2021 calls with a $25 strike on Virgin Galactic Holdings (SPEC) saw a 12-fold rise in volume, going from 295 contracts to over 10,300. The bet, expiring in 358 days, is that shares will hit at least $28.25, adjusting for the $3.25 that the option buyer paid in premiums. The $25 strike price is currently about 35 percent higher than where shares currently trade near $18.50. For the buyer ...
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