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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Unusual Options Activity: CNX Resources Corporation (CNX)

Traders make big bet on continued decline in natural gas. A large bet is being made that shares of CNX Resources (CNX) will fall at least 30 percent between now and January. On Monday, over 44,000 $5 January 2020 put options had been traded, against an open interest of 100 options. 0This bet, with a $5 strike against a share price of about $7.20, indicates a 31 percent downside in the next six months. The trade could certainly play out profitably for traders. As ...
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Insider Activity: Chico’s FAS (CHS)

Two insiders buy at clothing retailer. On June 13th, two insiders picked up shares at Chico’s FAS (CHS). These buyers include SVP & General Counsel Gregory Baker, who picked up 2,000 shares, paying nearly $7,200 to do so. Director Kimberly Tofalli bought 14,000 shares, shelling out just under $51,000. An executive and director buy around the same time is a solid sign that shares are undervalued. It’s as stronger buy signal than just one purchase. Chico’s is a specialty retailer of women’s private branded ...
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Unusual Options Activity: Apple (AAPL)

Trader bets on big move in shares by January. At least one trader is betting that Apple (AAPL) could move over 40 percent higher between now and January 2020. On Friday, over 5,390 options had traded on a January 2020 $275 call for the company. With shares trading around $192, that implies a 43 percent upside in shares in the next six months. The option contract previously had around 135 open contracts, so this move represents a about a forty-fold increase in option ...
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Insider Activity: Encana Corporation (ECA)

Insiders buying at hard-hit exploration company. On June 12th, multiple insiders picked up shares at Encana Energy Corp (ECA). These buyers include CEO Douglas Suttles, who bought 5,000 shares, paying over $24,000. CFO Corey Code bought 10,000 shares, paying nearly $50,000. And David Hill, EVP of Exploration, bought 10,000 shares as well. All told, these insider put over $125,000 of their own money to work in shares. Encana is a smaller player in the industry, but it’s doing just well in today’s hectic ...
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