Unusual Options Activity: Paypal (PYPL)

Trader bets on rally through month-end. February 28th $123 call options on Paypal (PYPL) recently saw a 44-fold rise in volume. Over 7,010 contracts traded against a prior open interest of 161. The bet, expiring in 10 days, is right at-the-money, given a recent share price of $122.99. It should move dollar-for-dollar upward with shares, less the time premium. The buyer of these options paid about $2.00 each, so shares will need to hit $125 by the end of the month to ...
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An Inexpensive Way to Hedge Your Portfolio From a Market Crash

This “Black Swan” Strategy can Protect Your Portfolio With a Minimal Stake Many investors have been waiting for the other shoe to drop in markets since the financial crisis. Some have stayed entirely on the sidelines. They’ve missed out on the greatest stock market rally of all time, fueled by historically low interest rates. Others have kept a lot of cash on the sideline and underperformed. But those who have stayed invested have done well. With the right strategy, they can also hedge ...
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Unusual Options Activity: AT&T (T)

Trader bets on decline in shares this year. December 2020 $37 put options on AT&T (T) recently saw a 10-fold rise in volume. Over 1,600 contracts traded on an option that had a prior open interest of just 156 contracts. The bet expires 304 days. For the bet to move in-the-money, AT&T shares will need to drop about $1.25 from their current price near $38.25. That’s about 3.3 percent. The buyer of the puts also paid about $2.37. Ultimately, shares will need to trade ...
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Unusual Options Activity: Nvidia (NVDA)

Trader bets on continued rally following earnings. June 2020 $340 calls on Nvidia (NVDA) saw a 13-fold rise in volume in recent trading. The options went from 100 open contracts to over 1,300. The bet, expiring in 123 days, is that shares will rally about 17.2 percent from their current price near $290. The option buyer paid about $7.80 per share, so shares will need to trade closer to $348 to profit at expiration. That’s a full 20 percent higher. Shares of the company ...
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Unusual Options Activity: Kraft Heinz (KHC)

Trader bets on further decline after sales miss. July 17th put options with a $20 strike on Kraft Heinz (KHC) saw a 9-fold rise in volume, going from 112 open trades to just over 1,030. The trade, expiring in 154 days, would move in-the-money if shares dropped about 18 percent from their current price near $27.50. The trader paid $0.23, or $23 per contract, to make the bet, so shares would need to drop to $19.70, well below the stock’s 52-week lows, to ...
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Unusual Options Activity: Target (TGT)

Trader bets on big move in the next two weeks. February 28th call options with a $121 strike on Target (TGT) saw a 194-fold explosion in volume, going from a mere 122 open contracts to a volume of over 23,736 contracts. The bet expires in just 15 days. It’s a bet that shares can rise about $3 from their price around $118, or 2.5 percent. The trader buying the options paid $0.98, so shares will really need to close north of $122 at ...
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Unusual Options Activity: Snapchat (SNAP)

Trader bets on double by January 2022 January 2022 call options on Snapchat (SNAP) saw over 17,621 contracts trade, and 18-fold rise over the prior interest near 1,000. The contracts, expiring in 709 days, are a bet on the company roughly doubling from their current price near $17.60. The option buyer also paid $1.50 per contract, so shares would need to clear $36.50 at expiration to profit. That would bring the return expectation up to 107 percent over today’s share price. A doubling would ...
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Unusual Options Activity: iQIYI (IQ)

Trader bets on rally through month’s-end. February 28th $27 call options on iQIYI (IQ) saw a 57-fold increase in volume, going from 151 open contracts to over 8,600 options trade. The bet, expiring in 17 days, is for shares to rise about $1.75 from their current price near $25.25. That’s about a 7 percent return. The call buyer also paid about $1.00 for the trade, so shares would really need to clear $28 at expiration for the trader ...
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