Unusual Options Activity: Discovery (DISCA)

Shares of media giant Discovery (DISCA) surged higher at the start of the year, then imploded as a hedge fund blew up. In recent sessions, shares have started to trend higher. One trader is betting that the rally will continue. That’s based on the August $37.50 calls. Over 33,660 contracts traded against a prior open interest of 234, for a 144-fold jump in volume. The buyer of the calls paid about $0.58 to make the trade. With shares trading just over $31, ...
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Continued Upside in Value Stocks Could Reward Investors with Some Fizz From this Flat Performer

The first half of the year saw a slowdown in tech stocks, and better relative strength in value names. While growth has started to rise in recent sessions, investors who continue to invest in both growth and value can do well in this market. Some of the best values may be in value names that have now underperformed over the past year. Any positive surprises in such a company may result in a jump higher in shares with low downside risk. One ...
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Insider Trading Report: Bright Health Group (BHG)

Peter Sonsini, a major owner at Bright Health Group (BHG), has recently picked up 1,944,444 shares. The buy came to a total price of $35 million, and represents a 1.1 percent increase in the owner’s holdings. The buy represents the sole insider activity since the healthcare plan provider went public in late June. Company insiders own an estimated 4 percent of company shares based on initial filings. In addition to offering healthcare plans, the company also provides employee insurance plans, Medicare ...
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Unusual Options Activity: Halliburton Company (HAL)

Shares of oil and gas equipment giant Halliburton Company (HAL) have been trending higher with the price of oil over the past few months. One trader sees the potential for a big jump higher in the coming months. That’s based on the September $28 calls. Expiring in 74 days, over 46,640 contracts recently traded, a massive 259-fold jump in volume from the prior open interest of 180 contracts. The buyer of the call options paid about $0.70 to make the trade. With ...
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Stocks In This Sector Are Firing on All Cylinders, and Rewarding Shareholders

A number of sectors are looking strong going into the back half of the year. In one sector, costs are going down, expenditures look likely to drop, and prices remain robust, which makes for an attractive move going forward. The sector? Oil and natural gas. A number of companies are looking good as OPEC is set to meet on production, with oil potentially capable of seeing oil hit $100 per barrel. Case in point is ConocoPhillips (COP). The energy giant just increased ...
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Insider Trading Report: Foley Trasimene Acquisition Corp (WPF)

Michael Gravelle, general counsel at Foley Trasimene Acquisition Corp (WPF), recently bought 10,000 shares. The buy represents an initial purchase by the holder. The total cost came to $99,800. The buy occurred on the same day that William Foley, a major owner, also bought 100,000 shares, at a cost of $999,000. The company CEO also bought 10,000 shares at the same time. One fund with a major stake in the company has been a seller of shares since the company ...
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Unusual Options Activity: Advanced Micro Devices (AMD)

Shares of semiconductor firm Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) have seen a strong rally in the past few weeks. One trader sees that trend continuing through the end of the month. That’s based on the July 30 $110 calls. With 28 days until expiration, over 7,190 contracts traded against an open interest of 268, for a 27-fold jump in volume. The buyer of the calls paid $1.04 to make the trade. With shares around $94, they’d need to rise $16 or about 20 ...
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Everyday Low Prices Come to the Prescription Drug Market

Even when inflation rates weren’t rising at multi-year highs, prices for some goods have been rising far higher than the national average. One of the biggest areas with increasingly higher prices has been in drug costs. Enter Walmart (WMT). The retail giant is now offering a private-label insulin. The diabetes drug is priced at nearly 50 percent lower than brand names, potentially saving users thousands of dollars per year. The company’s ReliOn NovoLog brand of insulin vials and pens has started ...
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