Unusual Options Activity: The Charles Schwab Corporation (SCHW)

Traders see a big rally in the first half of the year. The June 2020 $52.50 call options on The Charles Schwab Corporation (SCHW) saw a 10-fold rise in volume, going from 340 open contracts to over 3,475 contracts trade hands. As shares trade closer to $47.50, traders are betting on at least a 10 percent rally in shares before the option expires in the next 162 days. The traders also paid about $1.30 for the contracts on average, meaning shares would need ...
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Unusual Options Activity: General Electric (GE)

Traders make in-the-money bearish bet. The March 20th 2020 $14 put options on General Electric (GE) saw a 12-fold rise in volume, going from 855 open contracts to just under 10,000 contracts. The trade, expiring in 72 days, is a bet on shares to decline. But with GE shares around $12, the option is $2 in-the-money, and should increase in value dollar-for-dollar with any decline in GE shares. The option trader paid $2.09, so the option has very little time premium in it. General ...
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Insider Trading Reports: Crimson Wine Group (CWGL)

Multiple directors, including a major holder, add to stakes. John Cumming, a director at Crimson Wine Group (CWGL), picked up 8,800 shares last week. The buy increased his total holdings to 281,078 shares, and cost just over $64,000. He was joined by Joseph Steinberg, also a director and major holder, who bought 8,620 shares to bring his total to 2.67 million shares. Insider buying data for the past three years shows repeat insider buys from directors and C-suite executives, with no sales. Crimson ...
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Unusual Options Activity: BP p.l.c. (BP)

Traders bet high oil prices will persist this month. The January 31st $40 call option on BP (BP), saw a 16-fold rise in volume, going from 186 open contracts to nearly 3,000 contracts trade hands. The bet, with shares of BP trading right around $40, will pay off should oil prices continue to trade higher and the energy company goes with it. The call buyer paid about $0.76, or $76 per contract, so BP shares would need to trade to $40.76 to profit ...
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Unusual Options Activity: Plains GP Holdings (PAGP)

Traders bet on 10 percent jump by late February. The February 21st 2020 $21 call options on Plains GP Holdings (PAGP), saw a whopping 148-fold surge in trading volume. From 124 open contracts, volume saw over 18,400 contracts trading hands. The bet, with shares trading just over $19, implies about a 10 percent move higher for shares in the next 46 days. The call buyer paid just $0.30, or $30 per contract. If shares stay under $21, they will expire worthless. If shares move ...
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Three Stocks to Buy for 2020

2019 was a great year for the stock market. But don’t pat yourself on the back just yet. Three poor performers in 2019 are ready to lead the market higher in 2020, and make sense as a buy now. Trading Tips’ Andrew Packer explains in our latest video ...
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Unusual Options Activity: Conoco Phillips (COP)

Traders bet on rally this month. January 24th call options on Conoco Phillips (COP) with a $66 strike price saw a 34-fold rise in trading volume. Going from 108 open contracts to nearly 3,700, the trade is a bet that shares can move at least $0.50 higher from their current price around $65.50. The call buyer paid just under $1.50 per share for the option, so a move to $67.50 will allow the trade to profit at expiration. Shares of Conoco Phillips have been ...
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Unusual Options Activity: Texas Instruments (TXN)

Traders bet on drop in shares in 2020. The January 2021 $87.50 put options on Texas Instruments (TXN) saw a six-fold increase in volume in trading, going from 104 open contracts to seeing over 630 trade hands. The bet, which has 380 days to play out, would move in-the-money if shares fell by about one-third from their current price near $128. Traders paid about $2.10, or $210 per contract on average, making for an inexpensive market hedge that could soar in value on ...
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