Unusual Options Activity: AMC Entertainment Company (AMC)

Shares of movie theater chain AMC Entertainment Company (AMC) are leading a new potential retail short squeeze higher. Naturally, that’s caused some traders to expect the company to crater down in the coming days, weeks or months. With a number of put options on the company leading unusual option activity by volume, the August $18 puts are the most interesting for a potential post-squeeze drop. With 81 days until expiration, over 12,740 contracts traded compared to a prior open interest of 161, ...
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Insider Trading Report: Peloton Interactive (PTON)

TCV X Cycle LP, a major owner of Peloton Interactive (PTON), has been adding to their stake. They made two separate buys last week, one for 39,388 shares, and one for 16,492 shares. The two buys increased the fund’s stake in the firm by nearly 3 percent. This adds to other buys made by the fund earlier in May as well, totaling over $9.5 million. Outside of this fund buy, company insiders have generally been sellers since the company went public. Company ...
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Unusual Options Activity: Comcast (CMCSA)

Shares of cable and entertainment giant Comcast (CMCSA) have been trading in a range in recent weeks. One trader sees a return to the high end of that range in the days ahead. That’s based on the June $59 calls. Expiring in 21 days, over 31,800 contracts traded, a 163-fold increase in volume from the prior open interest of 194 contracts. The buyer of the calls paid about $0.42 to make the trade. Shares of Comcast trade near $57, so the shares ...
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Insider Trading Report: PennyMac Financial (PFSI)

Farhad Nanji, a director at PennyMac Financial (PFSI) recently added 187,870 shares. The buy increased his holdings by nearly 7 percent, and came to a total purchase price of $11.7 million. This follows up from other buys from the director in the past month. Overall, company insiders have been particularly active on both sides, although total insider sales greatly outnumber insider buys. Despite the massive insider sales lately, insiders still own 49 percent of company shares. The mortgage financing company has ...
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Another Iconic Company Transforms Following One of the Top Trends of the Decade

Technology trends are already starting to shape the decade of the 2020s. This decade will be a transformative one in many ways. Fossil fuel companies are already starting to address carbon emissions. For the automotive sector, the success of Tesla Motors (TSLA) is pushing other carmakers to also offer electric vehicles as well. The market is rewarding that news with much higher share prices. Case in point? Ford Motors (F). Shares jumped to a multi-year high as the company announced it was ...
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Insider Trading Report: Franchise Group (FRG)

Brian Khan, CEO of Franchise Group (FRG) recently bought 1 million shares of the company. The buy increased his holdings by 291 percent, and came to a total cost of $36 million. Insiders have been active buyers over the past year, including further purchases from the company CEO. The only insider sale in the past year occurred when a financial company with a significant stake sold off 757,000 shares. Overall, company insiders own just over 2.2 percent of shares, which are ...
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Sooner or Later, This Blue Chip Will Adapt to the Times

The past decade has seen the rise of economically viable forms of alternative energy. That’s occasionally spelled trouble for fossil fuel companies. Last year’s drop in oil into negative territory, fueled by traders trying to get out of a bad trade, has now become a distant memory. But the rise of socially responsible investing, now dubbed ESG for environmental, social and governance, is looking to make some big changes to big oil. The biggest potential change? Going carbon neutral. With ExxonMobil (XOM) ...
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Unusual Options Activity: General Motors (GM)

The automotive industry had a strong year in 2020, but automotive stocks have had a rougher time in 2021 as a semiconductor shortage has shut down production for many carmakers. One trader sees the potential for a drop in General Motors (GM) in the coming weeks. That’s based on the July $57.50 puts. With 50 days until expiration, over 25,132 contracts traded against an open interest of 256, for a 98-fold rise in volume. The options are slightly in-the-money based on a ...
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