Unusual Options Activity: UiPath (PATH)

Automation software company UiPath (PATH) is up about in-line with the overall stock market in the last year. One trader sees a pullback ahead for shares. That’s based on the August $15 put options. With 134 days until expiration, 6,406 contracts traded compared to a prior open interest of 102, for a 63-fold rise in volume on the trade. The buyer of the puts paid $0.34 to make the bearish bet. UiPath shares recently traded for about $21.50. For the option to ...
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Buy This Undervalued Brand Finally Trending Higher Now

Many individual stocks are still recovering from the 2022 bear market. Not every company has benefitted from the recent rally, which was initially fueled on the AI boom. But now with the market broadening beyond tech stocks, some companies left behind have room to run. That includes food and snack companies. These firms were out of favor with markets last year as interest rates peaked, and as new weight loss drugs came onto the market. There’s one last trend weighing on some ...
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Insider Activity Report: CME Group (CME)

William Shepard, a director at CME Group (CME), recently bought 294 shares. The buy increased his stake by about 1%, and came to a total cost of $63,231. This is Shepard’s second buy of the year, following a 1,390 share buy in January for $281,368. Shepard was a repeat buyer last year, and other company directors were buyers in 2022. Otherwise, CME Group executives have been regular sellers of shares. Overall, CME Group insiders own 0.5% of shares. The stock and ...
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Unusual Options Activity: Conoco Phillips (COP)

Oil and gas major Conoco Phillips (COP) is up 17% over the past year. One trader sees further upside in the months ahead. That’s based on the June $155 calls. With 79 days until expiration, 11,528 contracts traded compared to a prior open interest of 129, for an 89-fold rise in volume on the trade. The buyer of the calls paid $0.27 to make the bullish bet. Conoco shares recently traded for about $129. Shares would need to rise another $26, or ...
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This Mag 7 Stock May Prove a Surprise Winner This Quarter

Stocks, sectors, and entire markets often revert to the mean. That simply means that if an asset gets heavily overbought, it will pull back. Or if an asset is oversold, it will outperform and get back to its average over time. This trend can be used to find short-term opportunities. And for the second quarter of the year, one of the “Magnificent 7” stocks could be a winner here. The winning Mag 7 stock for the second quarter could be Tesla Motors ...
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Insider Activity Report: Snowflake (SNOW)

Sridhar Ramaswamy, CEO of Snowflake (SNOW) recently bought 31,542 shares. The buy increased his holdings by 14%, and came to a total cost of just over $5 million. This is the second insider buy in the past month, following a 3,030 share pickup from a director, at a cost of $501,314. Otherwise, company executives have been regular and steady sellers of shares, with about half of those sales coming following the expiration of stock options. Overall, Snowflake insiders own 6.6% ...
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Unusual Options Activity: Plains All American Pipeline (PAA)

Oil and gas pipeline Plains All American Pipeline (PAA) is up over 40% in the past year, handily beating the overall stock market. One trader sees shares trending higher through 2026. That’s based on the January 2026 $22 calls. With 653 days until expiration, 4,415 contracts traded compared to a prior open interest of 108, for a 41-fold rise in volume on the trade. The buyer of the calls paid $0.46 to make the bullish bet. Plains shares recently traded for about ...
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A Great Customer Experience Can Make for a Great Company

At its core, every business exists to eliminate a pain point for a consumer. That could mean anything from offering an entirely new product, to offering something faster, cheaper, or otherwise better than competitors. For retail, companies largely compete on price. That’s allowed big-box stores to thrive, particularly as consumers are looking for one-stop shopping. But one retailer has fared even better than competitors thanks to a more unique business model offering great customer service. That company is Costco (COST), which charges ...
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