Unusual Options Activity: New York Community Bank (NYCB)

Big bet on shares moving 10 percent higher over next four months. At least one trader is betting on a sizeable rally in shares of New York Community Bank (NYCB) between now and mid-October. On Wednesday, over 10,100 contracts traded on an October 18th $11 call option for the regional bank. With a prior open interest of 462 this represents a twenty-two-fold surge in volume. Shares currently trade around $10, implying an upside of $1 per share, or about ten percent, for ...
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Insider Activity: Martin Midstream Partners LP (MMLP)

CFO, COO, and General Council pick up half million in shares. On June 11th, a large cluster of insiders bought up shares of Martin Midstream Partners LP (MMLP). These buyers include CFO Robert Bondurant, who picked up 10,000 shares. General Council Chris Booth picked up 9,500 shares. And the company’s COO, Randall Tauscher, picked up 20,000 shares. All told, these insiders bought nearly $500,000 in shares. Martin Midstream is an energy company with a focus on transporting and storing petroleum products and natural ...
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Unusual Options Activity: Tesla Motors (TSLA)

Big bet that automaker's shares will decline this month. At least one trader is betting on a modest decline in Tesla Motors (TSLA) between now and the end of the month. On Tuesday, over 7,500 contracts traded on a June 28th, 2019 $210 put option for Tesla. With a prior open interest of 286, this represents a twenty-six-fold surge in volume. Shares currently trade around $217, implying a downside of $7, or about three percent, for these put options to move in-the-money ...
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Insider Activity: Occidental Petroleum (OXY)

Two insiders make a multi-million dollar buy in the oil giant. Two corporate insiders have just bought in over $2 million in shares of Occidental Petroleum (OXY). On June 10, CEO Vicki Hollub bought 37,460 shares, a commitment of over $1.8 million. SVP Marcia Backus bought 10,000 shares, putting down over $480,000. The buys come after shares have slid from $54 in the past month to $47 in recent days. Oil prices have been weak, particularly for this time of year when the ...
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Insider Activity: MGM Resorts International (MGM)

Hedge fund titan makes huge bet on the casino operator. One director just made a $75 million bet on the future of gambling. On June 7, director Keith Meister bought 2.8 million shares of MGM Resorts International (MGM). Meister, an activist hedge fund manager at Corvex Management, already owns over 18 million shares. The casino company saw shares rise last week along with the overall market, but around $27 per share, shares are still below their 52-week high of $32. Casino stocks are somewhat ...
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Unusual Options Activity: Advanced Micro Devices (AMD)

Trader bets on 50 percent decline in shares over the next year. At least one trader is betting on a massive decline in Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) between now and June 2020. On Monday, over 7,000 contracts traded on a June 2020 $15 put option for AMD. With a prior open interest of 466, this represents a fifteen-fold surge in volume. Shares currently trade around $34, implying a downside of over 50 percent for these put options to move in-the-money in the ...
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Unusual Options Activity: Altice USA (ATUS)

Cable and internet provider shares see a surge in call option buying. At least one trader is betting on a big rally in Altice USA (ATUS) between now and September. On Friday, over 2,500 contracts traded on a September $26 call option for the company. With a prior open interest of 120, this represents a massive surge in volume. Shares currently trade around $24.50, implying at least $1.50 in upside over the summer. Based out of Long Island, Altice operates broadband and video ...
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Insider Activity: Encana (ECA)

One director buys over $250,000 in shares. One director is betting that shares of oil and natural gas production company Encana (ECA) have gotten oversold. Last week, director Bruce Waterman picked up 50,000 shares of the company for just over $5.00 per share, shelling out over $253,000. The purchase increased his stake in shares by 25 percent. Shares of the company have been declining in recent weeks, in line with falling oil prices. Shares of Encana have been more out of favor than other ...
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