Unusual Options Activity: Hanesbrands Inc. (HBI)

In-the-money puts suggests bearish move ahead. The April 2020 $17 put options on Hanesbrands (HBI) saw over 13,700 contracts trade, a 68-fold surge in volume. Oddly, with shares of the company already at $15.50, the option is already about $1.50 in-the-money, and should move dollar-for-dollar with shares lower from here. At a price of $2.70, the put buyer really paid just $1.20 in premium, and shares would need to only slip to $14 for the put buyer to make money by April. Hanesbrands ...
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Insider Activity: Diebold Nixdorf (DBD)

Multiple insiders buy after earnings. A number of insiders at Diebold Nixdorf (DBD) bought shares following earnings. The buys included multiple directors, a Senior Vice President of Services, and a 28,000 share buy from the President and CEO. The CEO’s buy came to nearly $195,000, and most directors picked up around $50,000 in shares. The SVP bought nearly $7,000 in shares. Insider data shows a number of insider buys this year, with only one sale. Diebold Nixdorf provides commerce solutions for financial ...
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Unusual Options Activity: JD.Com (JD)

At-the-money put buying suggests drop Over 6,050 contracts traded on the November 15th, 2019 $30.50 put option on JD.com (JD). That’s a 17-fold surge in volume against the prior open interest of 354 contracts. The option has 14 days left before expiration, and shares of JD are at $31.24, so they’d still need to drop for the option to close in-the-money. Adding in the $0.80 option premium, and traders are betting on a drop under $30. The Chinese e-commerce giant often has some ...
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Insider Activity: Tile Shop Holdings (TTS)

Director and major holder ups stake. Peter Kamin, a director and major holder with over 10 percent of shares in Tile Shop Holdings (TTS), recently bought another 426,295 shares. This increased his stake by over 7.7 percent, and came to a total just over $750,000. Insiders have been net buyers in the past year, largely by Karmin and another director that also has a stake over 10 percent. All told, insiders own just under 80 percent of shares. Tile Shop Holdings, a ...
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Unusual Options Activity: Marathon Oil (MRO)

Big bet on decline in shares in the next six months. Over 4,000 contracts traded on the April 17th, 2020 $10 put options on Marathon Oil (MRO). The option had a prior open interest of just 175 trades, making for a 23-fold rise in volume on the option. With a current price around $11.50, shares would need to drop 15 percent for the option trade to move in-the-money. For a company in the energy space, that kind of move in six months ...
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Insider Activity: Kinder Morgan Inc. (KMI)

Founder and Executive Chairman makes 300,000 share buy. Richard Kinder, the billionaire founder and Executive Chairman of Kinder Morgan (KMI), recently bought 300,000 shares. At a cost of just over $6 million, the buy only increases his stake by about 0.1 percent. Insider data for the company as a whole shows major regular buys from Kinder, but more mixed results from other executives, including a few sales in the past year. On total share count, however, insiders are buyers far more ...
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Unusual Options Activity: Mastercard (MA)

Near-the-money bet on share rally through June. The June 2020 $280 call options on Mastercard (MA), saw a surge in volume from 345 open contracts to over 4,000 trade. With shares around $277, the option is near-the-money, and could start moving dollar-for-dollar higher with shares between now and June if the company rallies. At a price of $21.10 per option, or $2,110 per contract, it’s not for every trader, but it’s far cheaper than the price of buying 100 shares and hoping ...
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Insider Activity: Eli Lilly and Company (LLY)

CEO and director buy shares. David Ricks, CEO and President of Eli Lilly and Company (LLY), recently picked up 4,615 shares. At a cost of $500,000, the buy increased his stake by nearly 3 percent. On the same day, Director Jackson Tai bought 1,861 shares at a slightly lower price, shelling out $200,000 in total. These buys are the first following a series of sales in September by a number of officers and an endowment that is also a major holder ...
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