Unusual Options Activity: Barrick Gold (GOLD)

Traders bet on a gold decline. After gold hit a 5-year high, one trader is betting on a pullback. On Friday, a bearish bet was made on Barrick Gold (GOLD). On Friday, over 7,100 contracts of the November $14 put options contracts had been traded, against an open interest of 155, representing a 46-fold surge in volume. This bet, with shares currently at $15.40, would need to see shares decline at least 9 percent between now and November to move in-the-money. Gold can ...
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Unusual Options Activity: Snapchat (SNAP)

Traders bet on rise in social media company. A bullish bet is being made that shares of Snapchat (SNAP) will continue to rally in the next few weeks. On Thursday, over 11,700 contracts of the July 12th $15.50 call options contracts had been traded, against an open interest of 106, representing a 110-fold surge in volume. This bet, with shares currently at $14.70, implies that shares will rally by at least 5.4 percent in the next month. Shares of the social media giant ...
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Insider Activity: Scientific Games Corp (SGMS)

Shares of gaming technology company are down over 60 percent from 52-week highs. Billionaire investor Ron Perelman bought 120,000 shares of Scientific Games Corp (SGMS) on Wednesday, June 19th. The total cost came in at over $2.34 million. Perelman is already a director at the company, and also a 10 percent owner as well. The Las Vegas-based company develops technology related to the gaming industry, including physical gaming machines, video lottery systems, and related hardware and software. With data showing a slowdown in ...
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Unusual Options Activity: Qualcomm (QCOM)

Traders bet on 35 percent jump in shares by midsummer. A large bet is being made that shares of Qualcomm (QCOM) will rally to $95 per share by the middle of August. On Wednesday, over 4,600 of the August 16th call options contracts had been traded, against an open interest of 278. This bet, with shares currently at $71, implies that shares will move higher by around 33 percent in the next two months. The unusual move in options contracts started ahead of ...
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Insider Activity: Provention Bio (PRVB)

Insiders buy after shares already triple. Multiple insiders have been buying shares at Provention Bio (PRVB), a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company with a focus on preventing immune-mediated diseases. On June 18th, President and CEO Ashleigh Palmer bought 4,000 shares, paying over $43,000. And director Anthony Digiandomenico picked up 10,000 shares, paying over $118,000. This buy comes at an interesting time. The company had previously announced a public stock offering, but terminated the plan, while citing market conditions. The company also recently tripled after ...
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Insider Activity: Encana Corp (ECA)

CEO, director continue to buy shares as oil languishes. Insiders have already been buying at oil and gas exploration firm Encana (ECA), but continue to pick up shares near current prices. On June 14th, CEO Douglas Suttles picked up 5,000 more shares of the company. And on Monday, June 17th, director Suzanne Nimocks picked up 10,000 shares. This ongoing type of buy is a pro move. Most individual investors can buy a stake in a company with one buy order. But making repeated ...
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Unusual Options Activity: Alibaba Group (BABA)

Traders bet on Chinese e-commerce giant ahead of G20 meeting. A large bet is being made that shares of Alibaba Group (BABA) will jump about 5 percent higher in the next month. On Tuesday, over 5,300 of the July $175 call options options had been traded, against an open interest of 133 options. This bet, with shares currently at $168, implies that shares will move higher by around 5 percent within the next month. The trade is most likely a way for traders ...
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Insider Activity: Universal Insurance (UVE)

CEO a repeat buyer of shares near current prices. On June 14th, CEO Sean Downes picked up 3,000 shares of his company, Universal Insurance (UVE). But this isn’t his first buy in recent weeks. On June 11th, he picked up 2,500 shares. And on May 28th, he picked up 10,000 shares, all right around current prices. Overall, he has increased his stake slightly to 1.43 million shares. Universal Insurance is an integrated holding company that offers residential homeowner’s insurance, renter’s fire, as well as ...
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