Blue Horseshoe Stocks: HSY Options & More

The Hershey Co. HSY

We’re looking at one of the biggest players in the Halloween candy game in Hershey as we kick off a fresh trading week. The company reported its Q3 earnings on Thursday, and despite a frosty reception from Wall Street, we are liking the look of this play.

The company asserts that it is on a good path, having had what the CEO calls a game changing year. While the stock did see its biggest daily loss since 2016 on Thursday following the report, it did not turn into a multi-day slide. Coupled with what looks to be another rebound day for the markets at large, and we’re interested in signaling a few HSY Calls.

We’ll place the HSY Weekly $102-104 Calls on watch this morning.

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Bonus Idea:
Nutanix, Inc. NTNX 01/18 $42.50 & $45 Calls


SPDR S&P 500 ETF (SPY)

On Tuesday, we noted that with such a sharp and rapid downturn in the markets, that a rebound was certain to be in the cards for the SPY. It led us to signal interest in the SPY 10/31 $275-277 Calls, which will certainly be in play today as the SPY is gapping up big this morning in the premarket.

We’ll be back tomorrow morning with a recap of what is likely to be a cleanup session for these plays today.


Extended Watchlist: 
DPW, ESES, XSPA, AKER, SBS, TLRY, AMRN, NXTD, STNE

Blue Horseshoe Stocks: Options Explosion

Big Time Options Success
We included a trio of options ideas in yesterday morning’s premarket report, and with the type of consistent success we have had in the options trading area recently, it should come as no surprise to any of our readers that we scored the hat track.

We’re in the thick of Q2 earnings season, with big name companies reporting left and right. We will continue to milk this cow for as long as possible. Take a look at the single-session gains that were available in yesterday’s watchlist, and read on to get some fresh ideas to close out the week.

AMD Weekly $16.50 & 17 Calls
$16.50 Calls – Range: .49-1.93 – Max Gain: 293%
$17 Calls – Range: .25-1.40 – Max Gain: 460%
Updated Idea: $18-19 Calls

QCOM Weekly $62.50-64 Calls
$45.50 Calls – Range: .20-1.21 – Max Gain: 505%
$46 Calls – Range: .13-.82 – Max Gain: 531%
$45.50 Calls – Range: .10-.50 – Max Gain: 400%
$46 Calls – Range: .06-.27 – Max Gain: 350%

UAA Weekly $21.50-23 Calls
$45.50 Calls – Range: .43-.97 – Max Gain: 126%
$46 Calls – Range: .06-1.00 – Max Gain: 1566%
$45.50 Calls – Range: .14-.71 – Max Gain: 407%
$46 Calls – Range: .05-.57 – Max Gain: 1040%
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Fresh Ideas:
Whirlpool Corp WHR 08/03 $129-131 Calls
Chipotle, Inc CMG Weekly $467.50-475 Calls
Yum China Holdings, Inc. YUMC 08/17 $37.50-42.50 Calls


Extended Watchlist:
EXPE, CRMD, ISR, SBS, CHK, MEIP, GST

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Blue Horseshoe Stocks: Form-4 Watchlist, Options Ideas & More

Insider Buying Watchlist

Both of the following are plays that we’ve tracked in some capacity in the past, and each of them grabbed our attention with recent insider transactions of a sizable magnitude which were executed at higher levels than the current PPS. We like to monitor stocks whose directors have confidence in future price performance, and that’s the impression we get when they soak up large blocks of shares in this manner. Each of these stocks is also currently trading at a relative bottom, so we’ll be watching in the days and weeks to come for signs of bounceplay opportunities. 

The ExOne Co.  XONE

In the case of XONE, CEO Kent Rockwell last weekend filed a Form-4 indicating the purchase of a $13M block of XONE at 9.13, more than a dollar per share higher than the current PPS. This is a significant development that warrants heavy monitoring for XONE.

Esperion Therapeutics, Inc. ESPR

The traunch of shares purchased by ESPR director Tim Mayleben wasn’t nearly as large as the previously mentioned block, but still, a $100K investment is nothing at which to sneeze. The trade was executed at 14.08 (Current PPS:13.77). ESPR has just come up off of its newly established 52-week lows, and has been going through a bout of serious under-performance, so we’ll want to keep our heads on a swivel for any developments that might kick this thing into gear.


Fresh Options Ideas

To kick things off this week on the options front, we’ve formulated a couple of ideas based on announced and expected earnings, and the resultant activity we’re observing here in the premarket.

Tiffany & Co. TIF

We’re looking at going bearish on TIF, which, on the heels of a lackluster holiday season in terms of jewelry sales, failed to meet or beat earnings expectations and is currently gapping down in early trading. We’re going to track a range of contracts here, namely the TIF Weekly $66.50-64 Puts, for potential daytrades.

Netflix, Inc. NFLX

NFLX has its earnings call slated for the post-market today, and we’re going to want to track a range of calls in anticipation of that event. We’ve witnessed runs into earnings so many times before, it’d almost be foolish to ignore NFLX under the present circumstances. We’re going to keep an eye on NFLX Weekly $105-107 Calls to take advantage of a possible continued run-up for the stock.


Extended Watchlist:
SBS, AEZS, SHOP, COTE, GDPM, BVAP, PLKD(Bottom-Watch), FREE(1-for-60 Reverse Split)