Unusual Options Activity: Bank of America (BAC)

Shares of money center Bank of America (BAC) are down about 25 percent in the past year, underperforming the S&P 500 by about 9 points. One trader sees a rebound in the first half of 2023. That’s based on the June $49 calls. With 188 days until expiration, 3,021 contracts traded compared to a prior open interest of 147, for a 21-fold rise in volume on the trade. The buyer of the calls paid $0.11 to make the bullish bet. The stock ...
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Why Bad News May Be Good News for This Sector

Typically, the stock market doesn’t mind when a company announces layoffs. In a bull market, it can be a sign that a company is finding ways to do the same (or more) work with fewer people. But in a bear market, it’s often treated as bad news, even as it lowers costs. That’s particularly true in financial markets, where companies can be quick to hire and quick to right-size when the market changes. Right now, the market has sold off shares of ...
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Insider Trading Report: Generac Holdings (GNRC)

Robert Dixon, a director at Generac Holdings (GNRC), recently added 2,000 shares. The buy increased his holdings by 13 percent, and came to a total cost of just over $194,000. This marks the first insider buy at the company in the past two years. Otherwise, company insiders have been likely to sell shares. The company CEO in particular has been a seller of shares on a regular basis. Overall, company insiders own 2.7 percent of shares. The manufacturer of power generation equipment ...
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Unusual Options Activity: iQIYI (IQ)

Shares of Chinese entertainment company iQIYI (IQ) are down over 40 percent in the past year. One trader sees rebound ahead for shares. That’s based on the June 2023 $3.50 calls. With 189 days until expiration, 15,088 contracts traded compared to a prior open interest of 204, for a 74-fold rise in volume on the trade. The buyer of the calls paid $0.89 to make the bullish bet. Shares recently traded just near $3.50, making this an at-the-money trade. The stock has ...
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Market Pullback Offers a Year-End Buying Opportunity for This Industry-Leading Tech Play

Stocks had a pretty strong rally on reports that the Federal Reserve would lower the rate at which it increases interest rates. But that rally ended as traders realized that rates would still rise—and a slower pace would allow the increases to continue for longer. However, we’re likely closer to the end of the rate hike cycle than the beginning. And for investors looking for year-end buys, it could be time to pick up some beaten-down names, particularly in big tech. That ...
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Insider Trading Report: BRT Apartments (BRT)

Jeffrey Gould, President and CEO at BRT Apartments (BRT), recently added 4,626 shares. The buy increased his holdings by about 0.1 percent, and came to a total cost of just over $93,000. The buy came a day after the CEO bought 14,445 shares, paying about $291,000. Overall, company insiders have been large and steady buyers since May, with some modest insider sales last occurring back in January. Overall, insiders own about 20 percent of the multifamily residential REIT. Shares are up about ...
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Unusual Options Activity: Peabody Energy Corporation (BTU)

Shares of coal producer Peabody Energy Corporation (BTU) are up 227 percent over the past year amid a strong energy market. One trader sees a further year-end rally for the stock. That’s based on the December 30 $32 call. With 23 days until expiration, 4,043 contracts traded compared to a prior open interest of 128, for a 32-fold rise in volume on the trade. The buyer of the calls paid $1.10 to make the bet. The stock recently traded for just under ...
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Pick Up This Company Benefitting from Tech Trend Shifts

There’s always some technological revolution going on somewhere. The past decade has seen a number of trends, and those growing trends have been great for investors in the right place. One of the most interesting trends today is the shift by major automakers from conventional gas-powered cars to hybrids and electric vehicles. While some challenges remain, it’s clear that investors like the trend overall, and rising EV sales tend to prove a boost for share prices. One company seeing its EV sales ...
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