Unusual Options Activity: Roblox Corporation (RBLX)

Shares of metaverse gaming platform Roblox Corporation (RBLX) are down nearly 50 percent in the past year on a drop in tech stocks. One trader sees the potential for a jump higher in the coming days. That’s based on the October 7th $45 calls. With 16 days until expiration, 4,847 contracts traded compared to a prior open interest of 155, for a 31-fold increase in volume on the trade. The buyer of the calls paid $0.51 to make the bet. Shares Read More
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It’s Time to Consider This Old-School Inflation Hedge

Inflation continues to eat away at consumer’s purchasing power. And while it’s blindsided some investors, it’s also been tough to hedge right now. That’s because conventional hedges haven’t worked too well yet, as investors have gone through other alternatives first. However, gold is starting to look undervalued relative to other commodities. And it has a long history of holding up well compared to inflation, both expected and unexpected, over time. As gold prices look undervalued, so do prices for gold mining companies ...
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Insider Trading Report: HomeTrust Bancshares (HTBI)

Robert James, a director at HomeTrust Bancshares (HTBI), recently added 2,500 shares. The buy increased his holdings by nearly 22 percent, and came to a total cost of $57,025. That’s the first insider buy at the company since mid-2020. Otherwise, insiders have been big sellers of shares over the past two years, with some major sales right as the stock market started to peak nearly a year ago. Overall, company insiders own 10.1 percent of the company. The regional bank, based out ...
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Unusual Options Activity: Alcoa Corporation (AA)

Shares of aluminum producer Alcoa Corporation (AA) are down about in-line with the S&P 500 over the past year. One trader is betting that the company will move far lower in the coming weeks. That’s based on the November $25 puts. With 59 days until expiration, 8,617 contracts traded compared to a prior open interest of 166, for a 32-fold rise in volume on the trade. The buyer of the puts paid $0.32 to make the bet. Shares recently traded just ...
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Find Companies With Strong Real Demand Now

Inflation can be an insidious force, making investing a challenge. That’s because there are some areas where customers have to spend more due to inflation, whether they like it or not. Other businesses are more elastic, so higher prices can lead to a big drop in volume. Companies that have strong real demand now can likely perform well in the future as inflation starts to wane. The trick is in finding the right trend to track amid today’s high inflation. One trend ...
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Insider Trading Report: Six Flags Entertainment (SIX)

Arik Ruchim, a director and major owner of Six Flags Entertainment (SIX), recently picked up 200,000 shares. The buy increased his holdings by 1.9 percent, and came to a total cost of just over $4.595 million. He was joined by another major owner, who also picked up 200,000 shares for the same price. Both of the major owners were buyers in August, with multiple buys each totaling over 1,000,000 shares. Other company executives including the CFO have also been buyers this ...
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Unusual Options Activity: Zillow Group (Z)

Shares of real estate analytics company Zillow Group (Z) are down 61 percent over the past year, with shares dropping well ahead of the current slowdown in the housing market. One trader sees a further drop ahead. That’s based on the October $40 puts. With 32 days until expiration, 6,502 contracts trade compared to a prior open interest of 173, for a 38-fold rise in volume on the trade. The buyer of the puts paid $5.48 to make the bet. Shares of ...
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Find the Best Value in Consolidating Industries

When an industry is new, it may result in dozens or even hundreds of companies creating a product or service. As it matures, an industry will tend to consolidate into just a handful of players. The classic example of this is the automotive industry, where a number of brands either went bankrupt, or were absorbed into what are now known as the “big three.” Other industries are consolidating now. Finding the best values out there can mean getting into companies poised to ...
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