Insider Trading Report: Southern National Bank of Virginia (SONA)

Dennis Zember, President and CEO of Southern National Bank of Virginia (SONA), just increased his holdings by 200 percent. That came as a result of a 100,000 share buy, which cost the CEO just over $1.1 million. Insider data shows that company directors and C-suite executives alike have been buyers over the past three years. There have only been two sales from a major holder, a capital fund and not a director or executive. The Virginia-based bank provides regional banking services ...
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The King of Semiconductors is Coiling for a Move Higher

Tech stocks have been a clear winner in the market, as they tend to be in most years. Looking to 2021, one major company in the semiconductor space looks poised to move higher. That’s because shares have sat out the most recent rally, instead trading in a tight range the past few months. Like a coiling spring, when a move happens, it could be huge. That’s why at least one trader sees a big move higher. The stock? Nvidia (NVDA). The semiconductor ...
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Unusual Options Activity: Citigroup (C)

Shares of megabank Citigroup (C) have done well in the past few weeks during the last stock market surge. At least one trader sees that uptrend continuing in the next few weeks. That’s based on the January 2021 $63 call options. With 35 days until expiration, and with shares at $60, a 5 percent rally in shares would send the trade in-the-money. The trader paid about $1.54 for the options. The options saw over 2,100 contracts trade against a prior open interest ...
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Start Prepping For 2021 Trends with a Top Tech Play

For all the unexpected changes in 2020, a few sectors merely advanced goals that they thought would take years to complete. Major software companies shifted heavily towards work-from-home and other remote-work trends, allowing them to be top winners. That trend may not be over yet. The shift this year looks set to solidify next year. And many of the top-performing stocks in the space this year are likely to be big winners next year as well. Bank of America recently resumed coverage ...
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Insider Trading Report: American Homes 4 Rent (AMH)

Wayne Hughes, a major holder at American Homes 4 Rent (AMH), recently added to his stake with a 342,000 share buy. The buy came to just under $10 million, and increased the stake in the company by just under 2 percent. The buy comes as shares of the company have rebounded to all-time highs following a major drop in March. Company executives have been active insider traders the past few months, but entirely on the sell side. Overall, insiders own over ...
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Unusual Options Activity: Rigel Pharmaceuticals (RIGL)

Shares of Rigel Pharmaceuticals (RIGL) have been trending higher in recent weeks. Despite a spike higher in shares yesterday, at least one trader sees even further upside ahead. That’s based on the activity in the January 15th 2021 $3.00 calls. Expiring in 29 days, over 22,770 contacts traded, a 45-fold rise in volume from the prior open interest of 508. The trader paid about $1.00 for the options, which are about $0.50 in-the-money. The company develops small-molecule drugs for autoimmune, viral and ...
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A Growth Stock Play in an Unloved Industry

It’s no surprise that the restaurant space has had a challenging year. Most small, family-owned restaurants are at risk of bankruptcy, if they haven’t yet gone under. But even publicly-traded companies in the sector have struggled as well. For those chains with poor delivery and takeout options, it’s been a challenge. But companies that have quickly adapted to the times are likely to thrive. That’s why Stifel just upgraded shares of burrito chain Chipotle (CMG). While only another $100 was added ...
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Insider Trading Report: KeyCorp (KEY)

Robin Hayes, a director at KeyCorp (KEY), recently started a stock position with a 2,500 share buy. The purchase cost a total of $40,000. Over the past year, insiders have seen both buyers and sellers. But buyers have held the advantage, thanks to multiple director buys and a 100,000 share purchase from the company President back in April. Over the past three years, insiders have been net sellers, so 2020 has been an outlying year for insider activity. Shares of the ...
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