Unusual Options Activity: AT&T (T)

Trader bets on decline in shares this year. December 2020 $37 put options on AT&T (T) recently saw a 10-fold rise in volume. Over 1,600 contracts traded on an option that had a prior open interest of just 156 contracts. The bet expires 304 days. For the bet to move in-the-money, AT&T shares will need to drop about $1.25 from their current price near $38.25. That’s about 3.3 percent. The buyer of the puts also paid about $2.37. Ultimately, shares will need to trade ...
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Unusual Options Activity: Nvidia (NVDA)

Trader bets on continued rally following earnings. June 2020 $340 calls on Nvidia (NVDA) saw a 13-fold rise in volume in recent trading. The options went from 100 open contracts to over 1,300. The bet, expiring in 123 days, is that shares will rally about 17.2 percent from their current price near $290. The option buyer paid about $7.80 per share, so shares will need to trade closer to $348 to profit at expiration. That’s a full 20 percent higher. Shares of the company ...
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Unusual Options Activity: Kraft Heinz (KHC)

Trader bets on further decline after sales miss. July 17th put options with a $20 strike on Kraft Heinz (KHC) saw a 9-fold rise in volume, going from 112 open trades to just over 1,030. The trade, expiring in 154 days, would move in-the-money if shares dropped about 18 percent from their current price near $27.50. The trader paid $0.23, or $23 per contract, to make the bet, so shares would need to drop to $19.70, well below the stock’s 52-week lows, to ...
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Unusual Options Activity: Target (TGT)

Trader bets on big move in the next two weeks. February 28th call options with a $121 strike on Target (TGT) saw a 194-fold explosion in volume, going from a mere 122 open contracts to a volume of over 23,736 contracts. The bet expires in just 15 days. It’s a bet that shares can rise about $3 from their price around $118, or 2.5 percent. The trader buying the options paid $0.98, so shares will really need to close north of $122 at ...
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Unusual Options Activity: Snapchat (SNAP)

Trader bets on double by January 2022 January 2022 call options on Snapchat (SNAP) saw over 17,621 contracts trade, and 18-fold rise over the prior interest near 1,000. The contracts, expiring in 709 days, are a bet on the company roughly doubling from their current price near $17.60. The option buyer also paid $1.50 per contract, so shares would need to clear $36.50 at expiration to profit. That would bring the return expectation up to 107 percent over today’s share price. A doubling would ...
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Unusual Options Activity: iQIYI (IQ)

Trader bets on rally through month’s-end. February 28th $27 call options on iQIYI (IQ) saw a 57-fold increase in volume, going from 151 open contracts to over 8,600 options trade. The bet, expiring in 17 days, is for shares to rise about $1.75 from their current price near $25.25. That’s about a 7 percent return. The call buyer also paid about $1.00 for the trade, so shares would really need to clear $28 at expiration for the trader ...
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Unusual Options Activity: Gilead Sciences (GILD)

Trader bets on major rally in coming months. April 17th $80 call options on Gilead Sciences (GILD) saw a 38-fold rise in trading, going from 805 open contacts to over 30,300 trade hands. The bet, expiring in just 68 days, is that shares will move about $12 higher from their price of $68, or about 17.6 percent. The total returns on shares will have to clear 20 percent by expiration, given that the buyer of the options paid $1.30 for the stake. Gilead Sciences, ...
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Unusual Options Activity: L Brands Inc (LB)

Trader bets big on moderate rally this month. February 28th call options with a $25 strike price on L Brands Inc (LB) saw a 100-fold surge in volume, going from 100 open contracts to around 10,000 trade hands. The bet, expiring in 21 days, is that shares will rally to $25 from their current price near $24.50, or just over 2 percent. The option buyer also paid about $1.15 for the contract, so shares would need to clear $26.15 to profit the buyer ...
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