Unusual Options Activity: The Kraft Heinz Company (KHC)

Shares of packaged food company The Kraft Heinz Company (KHC) are up about 12 percent over the past year. One trader sees a further long-term uptrend for shares playing out through next summer. That’s based on the July 2023 $45 calls. With 233 days until expiration, 3,195 contracts traded compared to a prior open interest of 216, for a 15-fold rise in volume on the trade. The buyer of the calls paid $1.09 to make the bet. Kraft Heinz shares recently ...
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Bear Markets Are Boom Times for Value Investors

Value investors are often ignored or derided during a bull market. That’s because high-growth names tend to take off. But when markets sell off, more value stocks emerge. Those who buy into value names can earn above-average returns, and often do so with less volatility. Investing in such stocks makes it easier to compound wealth over time, and often makes it easier to ride out extreme market conditions. Long-term investors can find a number of value names today. One place where investors ...
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Insider Trading Report: C.H. Robinson Worldwide (CHRW)

Henry Maier, a director at C.H. Robinson Worldwide (CHRW), recently bought 1,000 shares. The buy increased his holdings by 108 percent, and came to a total cost of just over $96,000. The director previously bought 922 shares back in August as an initial stake in the company. Over the past three years, company executives have been largely sellers of shares, while company directors have been more inclined to buy. Overall, insiders own 0.8 percent of the company. Shares of the trucking and ...
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Unusual Options Activity: Morgan Stanley (MS)

Shares of investment bank Morgan Stanley (MS) are down about 12 percent in the last year, but have been trending higher in recent weeks. One trader sees the current uptrend continuing in the next few sessions. That’s based on the December $94 call. With 18 days until expiration, 2,907 contracts traded compared to a prior open interest of 135, for a 22-fold rise in volume on the trade. The buyer of the calls paid $0.85 to make the bet. Shares recently traded ...
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This Momentum Play Can Continue to Move Higher Following Strong Earnings

There are many different strategies for beating the stock market. And as long as a trader finds one that works for them and follows it consistently, things can work out well. Some traders swear by momentum, which is simply the name for the idea of buying a stock that’s been trending higher. Those who combine a stock with strong momentum with another factor, like an earnings beat, can likely continue to see the share price rally. Semiconductor company Analog Devices (ADI), is ...
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Insider Trading Report: Lincoln National Corp (LNC)

Deirdre Connelly, a director at Lincoln National Corp (LNC), recently bought 3,000 shares. The buy increased the director’s holdings by 300 percent, and came to a total cost just over $112,000. This marks the first insider buy at the company of any sort since May 2020 during the pandemic selloff low. Otherwise, company executives and directors have been sellers of shares over the past two years Overall, insiders at the life insurance company own 9.5 percent of shares. The share price has ...
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Unusual Options Activity: Unilever (UL)

Shares of consumer goods giant Unilever (UL) are down just 6 percent in the past year, outperforming the S&P 500 by nearly 10 percent. One trader sees shares moving higher to close out the year. That’s based on the December $50 calls. With 20 days until expiration, 8,516 contracts traded compared to a prior open interest of 388, for a 22-fold rise in volume on the trade. The buyer of the calls paid $0.60 to make the bet. Shares recently traded just ...
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Pick Up Shares of Companies that Can Grow in Slow Markets

Whether stocks move up or down, a company’s earnings remain fundamental to its long-term share price. A growing company will reflect that in growing earnings, whereas a struggling company may find all sorts of “one time” reasons why they didn’t hit their estimates. For companies that can fare well during a high-inflation, slow-growth economic environment, proving themselves now is a sign of success in any market condition. Investing in growing companies in a soft economy can lead to great results. One surprising ...
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