Unusual Options Activity: Wells Fargo (WFC)

Over 2,000 contracts traded on January 2023 $30 puts on Wells Fargo (WFC). That’s a 16-fold increase in interest given the prior 122 open contracts in the trade. The puts, which are about $7 in-the-money, expire in 826 days. The long-dated trade, known as a LEAP, is a bet that the bank’s shares will head lower. The trader paid just over $10.00, so shares will need to trade under $20 at expiration for the trade to profit. Shares of the megabank are ...
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Insider Trading Report: Loop Industries Inc (LOOP)

Daniel Solomita, President and CEO of Loop Industries (LOOP), recently bought 10,000 shares. The buy increased his stake by 5 percent, and came to a cost of just over $73,000. He was joined by the company CFO, buying 5,000 shares. Two directors have also been buyers in recent days, each picking up 10,000 shares in the low $8 range. This cluster of insider buying has occurred as shares have been cut nearly in half in the past month. The last insider ...
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Unusual Options Activity: Social Capital Hedosophia Holdings Corp II (IPOB)

Over 3,200 contracts traded on the February 2021 $30 calls on Social Capital Hedosophia Holdings Corp (IPOB). That’s a 28-fold increase in volume from the prior number of open contracts near 117. With shares trading around $26, shares need to rally about 15 percent for the option contract to move in-the-money. The call buyer paid about $3.10 on average for the options, which expire in 127 days. IPOB is a SPAC, a specialty purpose acquisition company. Also known as a “blank ...
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Insider Trading Report: Precigen (PGEN)

Ares Trading, already a major holder in Precigen (PGEN), recently added another $25 million investment. At that price, the company was able to pick up 6,758,400 shares. That’s a 32 percent increase to the fund’s stake in the company. The move dwarfs the insider sales in the past month from company insiders. The buy comes as shares of the company have dropped from $15 to under $4 in the past two years. Insiders, including Ares Trading, own over 15 percent ...
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This EV Stock Can Double (No, It’s Not Tesla)

J.P. Morgan just updated an electric vehicle company. Not only that, but the investment bank gave a price target more than double where shares were trading at the time. That’s a bullish call, and a justified one. That’s because the bank expects the electric vehicle market to continue growing substantially, possibly as much as four times higher in some markets. And, no, the company isn’t Tesla Motors. The company is NIO (NIO), the Chinese play. Although the company isn’t profitable yet ...
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DRAM Price Trends Make this Tech Laggard A Buy Now

Deutsche Bank sees improving trends for DRAM memory. That’s one sector of the tech space that has been held back lately. The push for cloud services has reduced demand for mobile device memory chips, but now that cycle is turning. While there’s some small risk of inventory accumulation leading overall, the rising demand strength in the space, particularly with server demand, could lead to higher prices for DRAM related companies. Deutsche specifically sees value in Micron (MU). Shares were upgraded to ...
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Insider Trading Report: Selecta Biosciences (SELB)

Timothy Springer, a director and major owner at Selecta Biosciences (SELB), recently bought 3,185,394 shares of the company. That trade came to over $5.4 million. The buy increased his total holdings to just over 16.05 million shares. Another director made a 50,000 share buy at the start of October as well. There have been some insider sales in the past year, but they have been dwarfed by insider buys. Insiders own 17 percent of all shares of the immunogenetics company. Shares ...
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Unusual Options Activity: Carnival Cruise Lines (CCL)

Over 1,950 contracts traded on the November 27th $25 calls on Carnival Cruise (CCL). The prior open interest on the trade was 137 contracts, showing a 14-fold rise in volume. The trade, expiring in 44 days, has a strike price 75 percent higher than where shares currently trade around $14.25. With that big of a price difference, it’s no surprise that the buyer of the contract only paid about $0.13, or just $13 per contract, on average. As it’s unlikely for shares ...
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