Unusual Options Activity: Realty Income (O)

Real estate property owner and operator Realty Income (O), is down 20 percent over the past year as rising interest rates and concern over retail real estate have weighed on shares. One trader sees shares trending higher in the coming weeks. That’s based on the April $55 calls. With 56 days until expiration, 3,612 contracts traded compared to a prior open interest of 139, for a 26-fold rise in volume on the trade. The buyer of the calls paid $0.78. Realty Income ...
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Rising Profitability and Upside Catalysts Bode Well for this Digital Leader

Digital assets posted strong returns last year, and are on track for an even stronger return this year. That will likely be driven in part by the new bitcoin ETFs, as well as the upcoming halving of bitcoin. As bitcoin moves higher, other digital assets should also rise in value. And companies that play to that trend should benefit. For now, the best returns are likely to come from industry leaders.  As the custodian for a majority of the new bitcoin ETFs, ...
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Insider Activity Report: Goodyear Tire & Rubber (GT)

Max Mitchell, a director at Goodyear Tire & Rubber (GT), recently bought 42,000 shares. The buy is a new stake for the director, and the total cost of the buy came to $510,300. This marks the only insider buy over the past two years. One company EVP was a seller on two occasions last September. Otherwise, there have been no other insider transactions or buys or sells from major funds in the past two years. Overall, Goodyear insiders own about 0.5 ...
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Unusual Options Activity: Chesapeake Energy (CHK)

Oil and gas production company Chesapeake Energy (CHK) has traded flat over the past year. One trader is betting shares will trend lower in the coming weeks. That’s based on the March $72.50 puts. With 22 days until expiration, 4,594 contracts traded compared to a prior open interest of 112, for a 41-fold rise in volume on the trade. The buyer of the puts paid $0.70 to make the bearish bet. Chesapeake Energy shares recently traded for about $79, so shares ...
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This Unloved Commodity Play May Be Forming a Bottom

Commodity markets make big moves both higher and lower. Those moves can last for years. Sometimes, there’s a broader trend that can push a commodity market in one direction or another. Right now, the lithium market is out of favor. The biggest driver of demand is for electric vehicles (EVs). With a number of automakers scaling back EV plans, lithium prices have been dropping. But there are some signs of a turnaround. One sign comes from leading lithium producer Albemarle (ALB). Shares ...
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Insider Activity Report: Mr. Cooper Group (COOP)

Michael Weinbach, President at Mr. Cooper Group (COOP), recently bought 17,000 shares. The buy is a new position for the President, and it came to a total cost of $1,209,720. This marks the first insider buy over the past two years. The company CEO has been a regular and steady seller of shares, with over a dozen sales amounting to 2-4 percent of his potion nearly monthly. Overall, Mr. Cooper Group insiders own 3.6 percent of shares. The mortgage financing company ...
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Unusual Options Activity: Antero Resources (AR)

Oil and gas exploration firm Antero Resources (AR) is down 23 percent over the past year, as energy prices have been trending lower. One trader sees further downside in the coming weeks. That’s based on the April 2024 $22 puts. With 58 days until expiration, 6,411 contracts traded compared to a prior open interest of 141, for a 45-fold rise in volume on the trade.  The buyer of the puts paid $0.96 to make the bearish bet. Antero shares recently traded around ...
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There Are Always Overlooked Opportunities in Out-of-Favor Sectors

With so much focus on tech stocks over the past year, other sectors of the market look like a relative bargain. Many companies have been improving their earnings and revenues. But being in an out-of-favor sector means shares may become a better value. One such sector is the defense sector. It tends to perform well over time. And with rising global tensions, it could see further solid returns this year. In the defense space, L3Harris (LHX) looks like a reasonable buy. Shares ...
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