Unusual Options Activity: The Toronto-Dominion Bank (TD)

Canadian bank The Toronto-Dominion Bank (TD), is down nearly 10% over the past year as relatively high interest rates have weighed on loan growth. One trader sees shares trending higher into next year. That’s based on the January 2025 $57.50 calls. With 191 days until expiration, 5,090 contracts traded compared to a prior open interest of 138, for a 37-fold rise in volume on the trade. The buyer of the calls paid $2.15 to make the bullish bet. TD shares recently traded ...
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Strong Earnings and Defensive Power Point to Long-Term Gains for This Sector

Is the economy turning over? It’s possible. Friday’s jobs data suggests that the slowdown is underway. And it may slide into a recession if left unchecked. That suggests that investors may want to lighten up on winning tech stocks. It also suggests that better investment returns may come from more defensive stocks going forward. These are companies that can continue to grow their earnings steadily, even in a declining economy. The latest earnings report suggest that some defensive plays are better ...
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Insider Activity Report: Dave & Buster’s Entertainment (PLAY)

Darin Harper, CFO at Dave & Buster’s Entertainment (PLAY), recently bought 13,578 shares. The buy increased his stake by 61%, and came to a total cost of $526,540. This is the first insider buy since April 2023, when a company SVP bought 500 shares, paying just over $17,000. Otherwise, company executives and directors have largely been sellers of shares, nearly all sales occurring following the exercise of stock options. Overall, Dave & Buster’s insiders own 1.6% of shares. Dave & Buster’s shares ...
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Unusual Options Activity: Core Scientific (CORZ)

Bitcoin miner Core Scientific (CORZ) is up 194% over the past year. Shares have even held up as bitcoin prices have pulled back in recent months. One trader sees a potential decline over the coming weeks. That’s based on the August 16 $8 puts. With 38 days until expiration, 9,141 contracts traded compared to a prior open interest of 225, for a 41-fold rise in volume on the trade. The buyer of the puts paid $0.40 to make the bearish bet. Core ...
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Invest With Companies That Can Win a Challenging Growth Trend

Most tech trends go through the same phases. First, there’s initial skepticism about whether or not a trend will play out. Once it does start to show some promise, rapid gains are made. But when rapid growth can’t be sustained, prices come back down. From there, companies that can continue to show real growth over time can lead to bigger profits. It may not be quick, but it can be rewarding. Right now, EVs are on the outs with investors. The rapid ...
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Insider Activity Report: Nike (NKE)

Robert Swan, a director at Nike (NKE), recently bought 2,941 shares. The buy increased his stake by 15%, and came to a total cost of $226,516. Swan was the last buyer in October, picking up 13,072 shares for just over $1.25 million. Since then, a few company insiders have been sellers, largely following the exercise of stock options. Going back over the past two years, a similar trend of large insider sales relative to buys continues to hold up. Overall, Nike ...
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Unusual Options Activity: Permian Resources (PR)

Oil and gas exploration company Permian Resources (PR), is up 59% over the past year, bucking the overall sideways or down returns for energy stocks. One trader sees a potential pullback over the summer. That’s based on the September 20 $15 puts. With 74 days until expiration, 1,560 contracts traded compared to a prior open interest of 100, for a 16-fold rise in volume on the trade. The buyer of the puts paid $0.65 to make the bearish bet. Permian shares recently ...
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This Stock Is Ready to Keep Trending Higher

Stocks have started to trade sideways in recent weeks. That’s not a huge problem with markets at all-time highs. The longer stocks trade sideways, the more likely they’ll have a strong breakout when that trend ends. So far, signs point to a bullish breakout. The economy remains strong, if slowing. Inflation is coming down, and investors are looking forward to a decline in interest rates. That’s a good combination for consumers and companies alike. That’s why investors may want to buy the ...
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