Unusual Options Activity: Conoco Phillips (COP)

Oil and gas major Conoco Phillips (COP) is up 17% over the past year. One trader sees further upside in the months ahead. That’s based on the June $155 calls. With 79 days until expiration, 11,528 contracts traded compared to a prior open interest of 129, for an 89-fold rise in volume on the trade. The buyer of the calls paid $0.27 to make the bullish bet. Conoco shares recently traded for about $129. Shares would need to rise another $26, or ...
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This Mag 7 Stock May Prove a Surprise Winner This Quarter

Stocks, sectors, and entire markets often revert to the mean. That simply means that if an asset gets heavily overbought, it will pull back. Or if an asset is oversold, it will outperform and get back to its average over time. This trend can be used to find short-term opportunities. And for the second quarter of the year, one of the “Magnificent 7” stocks could be a winner here. The winning Mag 7 stock for the second quarter could be Tesla Motors ...
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Insider Activity Report: Snowflake (SNOW)

Sridhar Ramaswamy, CEO of Snowflake (SNOW) recently bought 31,542 shares. The buy increased his holdings by 14%, and came to a total cost of just over $5 million. This is the second insider buy in the past month, following a 3,030 share pickup from a director, at a cost of $501,314. Otherwise, company executives have been regular and steady sellers of shares, with about half of those sales coming following the expiration of stock options. Overall, Snowflake insiders own 6.6% ...
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Unusual Options Activity: Plains All American Pipeline (PAA)

Oil and gas pipeline Plains All American Pipeline (PAA) is up over 40% in the past year, handily beating the overall stock market. One trader sees shares trending higher through 2026. That’s based on the January 2026 $22 calls. With 653 days until expiration, 4,415 contracts traded compared to a prior open interest of 108, for a 41-fold rise in volume on the trade. The buyer of the calls paid $0.46 to make the bullish bet. Plains shares recently traded for about ...
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A Great Customer Experience Can Make for a Great Company

At its core, every business exists to eliminate a pain point for a consumer. That could mean anything from offering an entirely new product, to offering something faster, cheaper, or otherwise better than competitors. For retail, companies largely compete on price. That’s allowed big-box stores to thrive, particularly as consumers are looking for one-stop shopping. But one retailer has fared even better than competitors thanks to a more unique business model offering great customer service. That company is Costco (COST), which charges ...
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Insider Activity Report: Liberty SiriusXM (LSXMA)

Berkshire Hathaway (BRK-A), a major holder of Liberty SiriusXM (LSXMA), continues to add to its stake. Berkshire recently bought 1,282,569 shares, paying $36.9 million to increase its holdings by 4%. Berkshire has been a steady buyer of shares since the start of the year. Going back to 2023, company insiders were more active, largely as sellers of shares, including Liberty’s President, as well as its Chairman of the Board. Overall, Liberty insiders own 33.4% of shares, and institutions own nearly all ...
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Unusual Options Activity: Amazon (AMZN)

Technology giant Amazon (AMZN) has soared in the past year, surging 77% higher. One trader sees shares taking a breather over the coming months and giving back some of their recent gains. That’s based on the August $125 puts. With 137 days until expiration, 8,594 contracts traded compared to a prior open interest of 212, for a 41-fold rise in volume on the trade. The buyer of the puts paid $0.93 to make the bearish bet. Shares recently traded for about $180, ...
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Invest With Companies Keeping It Simple

While the world is getting increasingly complex, companies that follow and stick to a simple business model can fare well. Especially if they’ve built up a strong brand over the years. Management who works to ensure that a company’s operations can stay simple will often see great results. And investors who keep their investing simple can also reap the benefits from the compounding power of a simple company not overspending to complicate its operations. One company working on keeping things simple now ...
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