Unusual Options Activity: Barrick Gold (GOLD)

Trader bets on rally in shares through next month. March 27th $22 call options on Barrick Gold (GOLD) saw a 32-fold rise in volume lately, going from 103 open contracts to nearly 3,300. The bet, expiring in 32 days, will move in-the-money if shares rise just over $1.15 from their current price, or about 5.5 percent higher. The buyer of the options also paid about $0.38, or $38 per contract to make the trade. They’ll need to see shares move 7.3 percent higher ...
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Insider Trading Reports: Bunge (BG)

Chief Legal Officer makes $800,000 buy. Joseph Podwika, Chief Legal Officer at Bunge (BG), recently picked up 15,000 shares. The buy came to just over $800,000, and represents a new position for the insider. This marks the first insider trade of the year. In 2019, insiders were active, with one sale of nearly 1,800 shares, but insider buys of over 300,000 shares. Looking back further, insiders were sellers in 2017, at far higher share prices and in smaller amounts. Bunge, ...
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Unusual Options Activity: 3M (MMM)

Trader bets on continued rally in next month. March 13th 2020 call options with a strike price of $167.50 on 3M (MMM) recently saw a 40-fold rise in volume. From 220 open contracts, over 8,800 traded hands. The bet, expiring in 21 days, is that shares will rally from here. The strike price of the option is about 5.1 percent higher than the current share price. The buyer of the option also paid about $0.98 per contract, so shares would need to clear ...
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5G will explode on June 25

With the new year comes new trading opportunities. One method traders use to take advantage of the new year is to screen for companies that underperformed in the prior year. Buying these “dogs” tends to make for a market-beating year, on average. Trading Tips’ Andrew Packer explains in our latest video ...
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Two Heavily Shorted Stocks to Consider Trading Now

Heavily shorted stocks are susceptible to large rallies, even if their fundamentals don’t justify them. Shares of Tesla Motors (TSLA) have nearly quadrupled in the past six months. While it may be a bit late to get in at a reasonable price there, the fact remains that the company was controversial. Some saw the move as overdue, and others think the move is crazy. One way to tell that there was this controversy was with the company’s short interest. Stocks with high short ...
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Unusual Options Activity: Teva Pharmaceuticals (TEVA)

Trader bets on 22 percent drop in shares by April. Put options expiring in April with a $10 strike price on Teva Pharmaceuticals (TEVA) saw a nearly-10-fold rise in volume. The option went from under 700 contracts to over 6,800. The bet, expiring in 57 days, is just over 20 percent out-of-the-money, as shares trade just over $12. The buyer of the put option also paid about $0.35 per contract, so shares would need to drop to about $9.65 to profit at expiration. Shares ...
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Unusual Options Activity: Paypal (PYPL)

Trader bets on rally through month-end. February 28th $123 call options on Paypal (PYPL) recently saw a 44-fold rise in volume. Over 7,010 contracts traded against a prior open interest of 161. The bet, expiring in 10 days, is right at-the-money, given a recent share price of $122.99. It should move dollar-for-dollar upward with shares, less the time premium. The buyer of these options paid about $2.00 each, so shares will need to hit $125 by the end of the month to ...
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An Inexpensive Way to Hedge Your Portfolio From a Market Crash

This “Black Swan” Strategy can Protect Your Portfolio With a Minimal Stake Many investors have been waiting for the other shoe to drop in markets since the financial crisis. Some have stayed entirely on the sidelines. They’ve missed out on the greatest stock market rally of all time, fueled by historically low interest rates. Others have kept a lot of cash on the sideline and underperformed. But those who have stayed invested have done well. With the right strategy, they can also hedge ...
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