Insider Trading Report: Tiptree (TIPT)

Michael Barns, Executive Chairman and a major holder at Tiptree (TIPT), recently added 6,104 shares to his holdings. The buy came to just under $32,000. He followed up with a buy on Tuesday of 4,954 shares. Barnes has been a regular buyer of shares over the past few weeks, and his holdings have crept up from 8.55 million shares to over 8.60 million. The buys have occurred as shares have slid nearly 30 percent in the past year for the specialty insurance ...
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Unusual Options Activity: Sibanye Stillwater Limited (SBSW)

Although shares of Sibanye Stillwater (SBSW) are at a 52-week high, one trader sees shares moving even higher. The April 2021 $15 calls on the company saw a 20-fold rise in volume. Over 2,580 contracts traded hands against a prior open interest of 127. The bet, expiring in 176 days, is that the precious metals mining company will rise another $1.50 from its current price near $13.50. The calls will move in-the-money on a further 11 percent move in shares. The buyer ...
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Unusual Options Activity: UBS Group AG (UBS)

Shares of Swiss bank UBS Group AG (UBS) had a decent day on Tuesday, as the bank reported its strongest third-quarter earnings in a decade. Traders see more upside ahead. That’s shown by the 16-fold rise in volume on the August 2021 $12.50 calls. The options saw over 1,650 contracts trade against a prior interest of 101. The option is at-the-money, meaning the trade should rise dollar for dollar with any move higher in the bank’s stock. The option expires in 303 ...
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This Corner of the Entertainment Sector Gets an Upgrade

There’s an entertainment sector that was bigger than the movie box office before the pandemic. That industry? Video games. Over the years, the space has grown to include a number of publishers and sales in the billions. And it’s a trend likely to continue. This sector was just upgraded by MKM Partners, who sees further gains in the space as next-generation consoles start to hit the markets. The biggest players in the space are Activision Blizzard (ATVI), Electronic Arts (EA) and Take-Two ...
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Insider Trading Report: Carnival Corp (CCL)

Richard Glasier, a director at Carnival Corp (CCL), recently picked up 10,000 shares. The purchase came to just over $140,000, and increased the director’s stake by 23 percent. This marks the second insider buy of 2020, following a 1.25 million share buy from another director back in early April. Insiders were last sellers in 2019, at prices 70-75 percent higher than where shares currently trade. Shares of the cruise line company have doubled off their March lows. They are still down ...
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Insider Trading Report: Citigroup (C)

Lew Jacobs, a director at Citigroup (C), recently added 10,000 shares. The buy came to just over $440,000, and increased the director’s stake by 77 percent. He now owns over 22,900 shares. The trade marks the first move by insiders since August 2019. Insiders have mostly been sellers in the past two years, but have been inactive for a prolonged time. The last sales were at prices 30-37 percent higher than where shares currently trade. The big banks have had to ...
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One Contrarian Fund Bets Big on This Bank

Banks are an out of favor part of the market right now. With interest rates back at zero, the profits from lending are lower as well. And while some big banks have reported solid earnings thanks to trading and investment banking, that can be an inconsistent source of revenue. Nevertheless, one fund that describes itself as contrarian recently added shares of a big bank to their holdings, after taking profits in gold mining companies. The bank? Wells Fargo (WFC). The contrarian fund ...
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Unusual Options Activity: Nvidia (NVDA)

One of the top-performing stocks of the past year, at least one trader sees a drop ahead for Nvidia (NVDA). That’s evidenced by the January 2022 $450 puts. Over 1,060 contracts traded hands, a 6-fold rise over the 180 contracts with open interest. Expiring in 458 days, the bet would move in-the-money if shares dropped 18 percent from their current price around $548 per share. The trader paid about $58.50 per contract on average. The graphics processing company is up 181 ...
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