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3 Stocks With Unusual Call Activities [Seeking Alpha]

In this article, 3 stocks with unusual call activities and positive factors will be presented, including eBay Inc.(EBAY), Pandora Media, Inc. (P), and Newcastle Investment Corporation (NCT). Unusual option activities can be an indicator or precursor of a major movement for the underlying stock. An unusual and greater than normal increase in the options volume could be an indication that large, informed ‘smart money’ players are placing bets on upcoming events or announcements. These announcements can often have a significant impact on the price of the underlying stock. Unusual option activity is also an indicator showing the money flow in the options market. By understanding the money flow, along with fundamental and technical analysis, more favourable risk/reward ratio positions could be setup at a better timing. In addition to the unusual call activities, upcoming earnings will also be previewed for Pandora Media and Newcastle Investment.

eBay Inc.

eBay Inc. is a global commerce platform and payment provider, enabling commerce through three reportable segments: Marketplaces, Payments and GSI Commerce. EBAY was down 1.64% and closed at $54.62 on February 21, 2013. EBAY had been trading in the range of $34.40-$57.26 in the past 52 weeks. It has a beta of 1.43. On Thursday, there was a call option volume of 13,523 (vs. the average call volume of 6,678) with a daily call volume ratio of 2.03.

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3 Stocks Poised For More Gains [Seeking Alpha]

Since the beginning of the year, three major indices have been on a bullish run where Dow Jones had crossed the 14,000 mark and S&P 500 had broken thorough the 1,500 level. Even with the recent market run-up, Gardner Denver, Inc., the Allstate Corporation, and Chicago Bridge & Iron Company may be poised for more gains in 2013 as indicated by unusual high volume of call options, which can be a precursor of a major movement for the underlying stock.

Gardner Denver, Inc.

Gardner Denver, Inc. (GDI) is a global manufacturer of engineered compressors and vacuum products for industrial applications. GDI closed at $70.43 on February 1 with 0.09% gain. GDI had been trading in the range of $45.54-$80.23 in the past 52 weeks. GDI has a beta of 1.36. GDI has a daily call volume ratio of 4.94.

On January 22, 2013, Robert W. Baird reiterated their outperform rating on GDI with a $80.00 price target. On January 31, 2013, GDI had requested buyout firms to final bids for the industrial machinery maker by mid-February. As reported by Reuters, “Buyout firms Advent International Corp, KKR & Co LP, and the partnership of TPG Capital Management LP and Onex Corp have been weighing final bids after meeting with Gardner Denver’s management in the past few weeks.”

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Top Bullish Stock On Wednesday: Walgreen [Seeking Alpha]

Wednesday’s market sentiment was driven by extreme greed with the Fear & Greed Index at 92, which had decreased from the previous close of 94. As reported by CBOE, the total put/call ratio was 0.95 for the day. The index put/call ratio was 1.15, and the equity put/call ratio was 0.67. The CBOE volatility index (VIX) put/call ratio was 0.45. The top stock had been identified through our daily options scanning process, with the scanning criteria where the daily call volume ratio was above 2.00 (2x of the average call volume) with a call volume above 10,000.

Name (Ticker) Call Volume Average Call Volume Daily Volume Ratio
Walgreen Company (WAG) 14,072 4,022 3.50

Source: Schaeffer’s Research

Unusual option activities can be an indicator or precursor of a major movement for the underlying stock. This article will try to identify the bullish factors for Walgreen Company.

Walgreen Company

Walgreen Company is the nation’s largest retail pharmacy with 8,516 drugstores in the United States. WAG had increased 9.32% and closed t $39.87 on January 30, 2013 since our last article, ‘Disappointing Numbers, But Walgreen Is Turning Around’, published on December 25, 2012.

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Top Bullish Stock On Tuesday: Devon Energy [Seeking Alpha]

Tuesday’s market sentiment was driven by extreme greed with the Fear & Greed Index at 94, which had increased from the previous close of 93. As reported by CBOE, the total put/call ratio was 0.97 for the day. The index put/call ratio was 1.14, and the equity put/call ratio was 0.68. The CBOE volatility index (VIX) put/call ratio was 0.51. The top stock had been identified through our daily options scanning process, with the scanning criteria where the daily call volume ratio was above 2.00 (2x of the average call volume) with a call volume above 10,000.

Name (Ticker) Call Volume Average Call Volume Daily Volume Ratio
Devon Energy Corporation (DVN) 14,685 3,503 4.19

Source: Schaeffer’s Research

Unusual option activities can be an indicator or precursor of a major movement for the underlying stock. This article will try to identify the bullish factors for Devon Energy Corporation.

Devon Energy Corporation

Devon Energy Corporation, an independent energy company, engages in the exploration, development and production of oil, natural gas and natural gas liquids, NGLs. The company’s operations are concentrated in North American onshore areas in the United States and Canada. The company has a broad portfolio of growth-oriented oil and gas assets and a rock solid balance sheet. DVN’s acreage includes sizable positions in the Rocky Mountains, Permian Basin, and Barnett and Cana-Woodford Shales, as well as conventional development projects and oil sands complexes in Canada. DVN closed at $56.96 with a 4.40% gain on January 29, 2013. DVN has been trading in the range of $50.89-$76.34 in the past 52 weeks.

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Increasing Ad Spending Will Benefit Facebook And LinkedIn [Seeking Alpha]

Monday’s market sentiment was driven by extreme greed with Fear & Greed Index at 93, which had decreased from the previous close of 94. As reported by CBOE, the total put/call ratio was 0.97 for the day. The index put/call ratio was 1.01, and the equity put/call ratio was 0.76. The CBOE volatility index (VIX) put/call ratio was 0.46. In the following, top stocks had been identified through our daily options scanning process, with the scanning criteria where the daily call volume ratio was above 2.00 (2x of the average call volume) with a call volume above 10,000.

Name (Ticker) Call Volume Average Call Volume Daily Volume Ratio
Facebook Inc. (FB) 425,927 196,461 2.17
LinkedIn Corporation (LNKD) 16,734 5,075 3.30

Source: Schaeffer’s Research

Facebook Inc.

Facebook is the world’s largest online social network with over 900 million monthly active users. According to most third-party reports, Facebook has more than 500 million daily users spending more time on facebook.com than any other websites. In 2012, Facebook became the most popular app in the United Stated and ended the year with more than 85 million unique adult visitors on Android and iOS, which is about 11 million more unique visitors than Google Maps. Investors are expecting more revenue from mobile advertising as Facebook is still in the early stages of developing ads for users who access Facebook via mobile devices. FB closed at $32.47 with 2.95% gain on January 28, 2013. FB had been trading in the range of $17.55-$45.00 since its IPO.

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3 Stocks With More Upside Potential For 2013 [Seeking Alpha]

The stock had a bullish start for 2013. Dow Jones had increased 5.5% and S&P 500 had gained 4.81% as of January 24, 2013. In this article, three stocks with bullish trends are identified and may have more upside potential for 2013.

Lumber Liquidators Holdings Inc.

Lumber Liquidators Holdings Inc. (LL) is a specialty retailer of hardwood flooring in the United States, based on industry sources and its experience. This specialty is highly affected by the economic environment and housing market. LL Closed at $58.60 with 1.95% gain on January 25, 2013. LL had been trading in the range of $18.65-$59.48 in the past 52 weeks. LL has a beta of 1.37

Highlights

The data suggests that spending on home improvement-related projects will witness an increase of 10.6% in the Q1 2013, resulting in an annualized value of $127 billion, 16.8% in Q2, reaching an annualized value of $134.4 billion and 19.7% in the Q3 to reach $145.5 billion. A rebound in the housing market would play a key role to boost the confidence in Lumber Liquidators, a retailer of hardwood flooring.

The Board of Directors had authorized the repurchase of an additional $50 million of its common stock on November 15, 2012.

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Top Bullish Stock On Friday: ConocoPhillips [Seeking Alpha]

Friday’s market sentiment was driven by extreme greed with Fear & Greed Index at 94, which increased from the previous close of 92. As reported by CBOE, the total put/call ratio was 0.88 for the day. The index put/call ratio was 0.95, and the equity put/call ratio was 0.64. The CBOE volatility index (VIX) put/call ratio was 0.46. In the following, the top stock had been identified through our daily options scanning process, with the scanning criteria where the daily call volume ratio was above 5.00 (2x of the average call volume) with a call volume above 20,000.

Name (Ticker) Call Volume Average Call Volume Daily Volume Ratio
ConocoPhillips (COP) 43,387 4,256 10.19

Source: Schaeffer’s Research

Unusual option activities can be an indicator or precursor of a major movement for the underlying stock. This article will try to identify the bullish factors for ConocoPhillips.

ConocoPhillips

ConocoPhillips operates as an integrated energy company. ConocoPhillips explores for, produces, transports and markets crude oil, natural gas, natural gas liquids, liquefied natural gas and bitumen on a worldwide basis. Its business is organized into Exploration and Production, Midstream, Refining and Marketing, LUKOIL Investment, Chemicals, and Emerging Businesses segments. COP closed at $61.06 with 1.08% gain on January 25, 2013. COP had been trading in the range of $50.62-$78.29 in the past 52 weeks.

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Top Bullish Technology Stock On Thursday: Qualcomm [Seeking Alpha]

Thursday’s market sentiment was driven by extreme greed, with the Fear & Greed Index at 92, which was the same as the previous close of 92. As reported by CBOE, the total put/call ratio was 0.88 for the day. The index put/call ratio was 0.84, and the equity put/call ratio was 0.65. The CBOE volatility index (VIX) put/call ratio was 0.43. In the following, top stocks had been identified through our daily options scanning process, with the scanning criteria where the daily call volume ratio was above 2.00 (2x of the average call volume) with a call volume above 10,000.

Name (Ticker) Call Volume Average Call Volume Daily Volume Ratio
Qualcomm, Inc. (QCOM) 49,077 20,879 2.35

Source: Schaeffer’s Research

Unusual option activities can be an indicator or precursor of a major movement for the underlying stock. This article will try to identify the bullish factors for Qualcomm.

Qualcomm Inc.

Qualcomm Inc. (QCOM) designs, develops, manufactures, and markets digital telecommunications products and services, including developing and licensing wireless technology and manufacturing semiconductors for mobile phones. QCOM closed at $64.40 on January 24, 2013 with a 0.76% loss. QCOM had been trading in the range of $53.09-$68.87 in the past 52 weeks.

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Top Bullish Stock On Wednesday: EMC [Seeking Alpha]

Wednesday’s market sentiment was driven by extreme greed with Fear & Greed Index at 92, which had increased from the previous close of 90. As reported by CBOE, the total put/call ratio was 0.89 for the day. The index put/call ratio was 0.88, and the equity put/call ratio was 0.69. The CBOE volatility index (VIX) put/call ratio was 0.51. In the following, the top stock had been identified through our daily options scanning process, with the scanning criteria where the daily call volume ratio was above 2.00 (2x of the average call volume) with a call volume above 10,000.

Name (Ticker) Call Volume Average Call Volume Daily Volume Ratio
EMC Corporation (EMC) 17,879 7,764 2.33

Source: Schaeffer’s Research

Unusual option activities can be an indicator or precursor of a major movement for the underlying stock. This article will try to identify the bullish factors for EMC.

EMC Corporation

EMC Corporation (EMC) is a leading provider for hardware, software, and services for enterprise network storage, operating in two categories: EMC Information Infrastructure and VMware Virtual Infrastructure. EMC holds 80% ownership of outstanding shares in VMWare (VMW), the largest global vendor providing virtualization software for server operating systems. EMC closed at $24.53 on Wednesday with a volume of 19.56M, which was 10.81% less than the 30 day average volume of 21.93M. EMC had been trading in the range of $22.77-$30.00 in the past 52 weeks.

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Top 2 Bullish Stocks On Tuesday: Vale And Research In Motion [Seeking Alpha]

Tuesday’s market sentiment was driven by extreme greed with Fear & Greed Index at 89, which was the same as the previous closing. As reported by CBOE, the total put/call ratio for Tuesday was 0.94. The index put/call ratio was 1.10, and the equity put/call ratio was 0.68. The CBOE volatility index (VIX) put/call ratio was 0.79. In the following, top stocks had been identified through our daily options scanning process, with the scanning criteria where the daily call volume ratio was above 2.00 (2x of the average call volume) with a call volume above 20,000.

Name (Ticker) Call Volume Average Call Volume Daily Volume Ratio
Vale SA (VALE) 22,845 11,279 2.03
Research In Motion Limited

(RIMM)

191,114 89,741 2.13

Source: Schaeffer’s Research

Unusual option activities can be an indicator or precursor of a major movement for the underlying stock. This article will try to identify the bullish factors for Vale SA and Research in Motion Limited.

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