Bearish Market News

January 19, 2017

KITE

What's behind Kite Pharma put action

Thu 7:16 AM CT

At least one trader is positioning for more potential declines in the drug company, which has dropped 9 percent just in the last week.

January 18, 2017

PTEN

Is Patterson-UTI ready for pullback?

Wed 6:45 AM CT

A large trade is positioning for potential declines in the oil and natural-gas contract driller, which is up 12 percent in the last three months.

January 17, 2017

BX

Puts target Blackstone before results

Tue 7:47 AM CT

The private-equity firm, which is up 25 percent in the last three months, will report earnings before the market opens Jan. 26.

WFT

What's behind Weatherford call sale

Tue 6:45 AM CT

A large investor apparently believes that upside potential is limited in the oilfield-services provider, which is down 12 percent in the last three months.

January 13, 2017

CELG

Why investor is selling Celgene calls

Fri 6:45 AM CT

The pharmaceutical firm has rallied 15 percent in the last three months, but one trader is betting that further gains will be limited.

MNK

What's behind Mallinckrodt put trade

Fri 6:14 AM CT

A large trade apparently sees more downside potential in the drug developer, which has dropped 26 percent in the last three months

January 12, 2017

ENDP

Downside strategy extended in Endo

Thu 7:16 AM CT

A large put roll is preparing for more downside potential the drug maker, which is down 28 percent in the last three months.

OCN

Last-minute call sellers target Ocwen

Thu 6:45 AM CT

The mortgage-servicing firm has soared in recent months, but traders apparently believe that further gains will be limited in the next year.

January 11, 2017

KITE

Puts showing caution in Kite Pharma

Wed 7:16 AM CT

The drug company has surged 16 percent just in the last week, but one trader is positioning for a possible drop.

HALO

Why trader is selling Halozyme calls

Wed 6:45 AM CT

The biotechnology firm has rocketed 44 percent just in the last week, but one trader apparently believes that further gains will be limited.

January 10, 2017

TEVA

What's behind surge of puts in Teva

Tue 6:45 AM CT

Traders are positioning for more downside potential in the drug company, which is down 23 percent in the last three months.

January 4, 2017

SWKS

Bears targeting two iPhone suppliers

Wed 8:22 AM CT

Two key chip makers are drawing downside option activity after weekend reports that Apple plans to cut production.

VIAB

Viacom faces large downside strategy

Wed 7:18 AM CT

A big trade is positioning for more potential declines in the media company, which is down 8 percent in the last three months.

KR

Is Kroger getting ready to pull back?

Wed 6:16 AM CT

The supermarket chain has risen 16 percent in the last three months, but traders apparently believe that shares may drop in coming months.

January 3, 2017

XLI

What's behind put surge in industrials

Tue 8:22 AM CT

The SPDR Industrial Fund has pulled back from all-time highs reached early last month, and traders are positioning for downside potential.

DXJ

Japan fund faces big downside trades

Tue 8:01 AM CT

The WisdomTree Japan Hedged Equity Fund ran to 52-week highs along with the rally in U.S. equities, but traders were buying puts last week.

December 30, 2016

FXI

What's behind bearish trades on China

Fri 8:22 AM CT

Investors are positioning for a potential drop in the iShares FTSE/Xinhua China 25 Index Fund as concerns over a trade war escalate.

December 29, 2016

XLP

Downside trades hit consumer staples

Thu 7:50 AM CT

The sector has lagged as the market hit new highs in recent months, and traders are positioning for potential declines in some key names.

AMD

Are chip makers running out of steam?

Thu 7:19 AM CT

Semiconductors have outperformed other technology industries in recent months, but traders turned bearish on several key names yesterday.

December 28, 2016

RAD

Puts hitting Rite Aid after weak results

Wed 10:22 AM CT

The drugstore chain, which is up 6 percent in the last month, missed quarterly earnings and revenue estimates last Thursday.

MAT

Puts mount as Mattel faces complaints

Wed 7:21 AM CT

The toy maker is drawing bearish option activity amid growing complaints over one of its hottest products this holiday season.

XLU

Call selling targets ceiling in utility fund

Wed 6:17 AM CT

The SPDR Utilities Fund is up 5 percent in the last month, but traders apparently believe that further gains will be limited.

December 27, 2016

WMT

What's behind puts in Wal-Mart Stores

Tue 10:19 AM CT

The retail giant reported bearish quarterly results on Oct. 6 and is down 3 percent in the last three months.

EEM

Is emerging markets fund headed lower?

Tue 5:05 AM CT

The bears are targeting iShares MSCI Emerging Markets Index Fund, which is down 9 percent in the last three months.

December 23, 2016

DKS

Downside in Dick's Sporting Goods?

Fri 8:23 AM CT

The sporting goods company has dropped sharply from highs as bearishness sweeps the retail sector.

JBLU

Limited gains seen for JetBlue Airways

Fri 5:55 AM CT

Traders are calling a top in the high-flying airline stock.

December 22, 2016

FMSA

Fairmount Santrol draws call selling

Thu 10:52 AM CT

Traders are taking profits as the fracking stock pushes to new highs.

December 21, 2016

SC

Why gains may be limited in Santander Consumer

Wed 8:20 AM CT

The strategy targets key resistance from late last year.

FCAU

Fiat Chrysler traders seek protection

Wed 8:05 AM CT

The automaker has rallied sharply back to a key level, and traders are hedging their bets.

December 20, 2016

THC

Limited gains seen for Tenet Healthcare

Tue 11:14 AM CT

Traders are selling calls with the hospital stock trapped at long-term lows.

COG

Put volume mounts in Cabot Oil & Gas

Tue 8:07 AM CT

A downside bet was rolled in the after the energy stock hit resistance at previous support.

December 19, 2016

KMX

Is CarMax headed lower?

Mon 12:02 PM CT

Today's put buying follows a sharp post-election rally in the auto-dealership chain.

CHTR

Charter Communications draws call selling

Mon 11:58 AM CT

The trade comes one session after the cable-TV stock pulled back from a new all-time high.

KMX

Traders hedge CarMax bets before earnings

Mon 11:06 AM CT

Today's put buying follows a sharp post-election rally in the auto-dealership chain.

December 14, 2016

JD

What's behind put spike in JD.com

Wed 10:12 AM CT

The Beijing-based e-commerce company is drawing downside option activity amid reported tensions between China and the United States.

UUP

Big trade ready for dollar pullback

Wed 8:14 AM CT

The dollar has broken to record highs since the presidential election, but a huge trade is positioning for a possible drop.

December 13, 2016

GLD

Why gold is facing downside trade

Tue 10:12 AM CT

The SPDR Gold Trust is drawing a large downside trade ahead of the Federal Reserve's rate announcement tomorrow.

XOM

What's behind surge in Exxon puts

Tue 8:14 AM CT

The energy giant has lagged smaller oil producers, which have spiked higher recently since OPEC agreed to cut crude production.

BK

Ceiling seen in Bank of N.Y. Mellon

Tue 7:34 AM CT

The bank has been ripping higher for months along with other financial names, but a large trade apparently sees a limit to further gains.

December 9, 2016

MS

Traders show caution on bank rally

Fri 7:47 AM CT

more than 9,500 January 43 puts bought for $1.61 to $1.70 against open interest of 1,674 contracts.

ESRX

Why puts are hitting Express Scripts

Fri 6:30 AM CT

The pharmacy-benefit management company plunged on comments from a noted short-seller yesterday, and traders are positioning for more downside potential.

December 8, 2016

GLD

What's behind put spike in gold fund

Thu 12:37 PM CT

Last week traders were buying the SPDR Gold Trust ahead of global events, but today a large put spread is looking for the fund to continue lower.

December 7, 2016

USO

What's behind call selling in energy

Wed 8:14 AM CT

Oil stocks have been spiking higher this month after news that OPEC nations have agreed to production cuts, but yesterday calls were sold in some key names.

December 6, 2016

ADSK

Autodesk is facing downside position

Tue 7:47 AM CT

The architecture and engineering software company has fallen down 7 percent since reporting mixed quarterly results a week ago.

ACAD

What's behind put volume in Acadia

Tue 7:16 AM CT

The biopharmaceutical company has rallied sharply since reporting strong quarterly results a month ago, but one large trade remains cautious.

December 5, 2016

FE

What FirstEnergy put activity means

Mon 7:16 AM CT

A large trade in the utility may indicate that traders believe the defensive sector will continue its recent downtrend.

RSX

Why trade sees cap in Russia fund

Mon 6:45 AM CT

Russian stocks have rallied on positive news developments in recent weeks, but a large trader apparently believes that further gains may be limited.

December 2, 2016

EFA

Cautious trade before vote in Italy

Fri 12:36 PM CT

A large trade is positioning for a possible drop in a global exchange-traded fund ahead of this weekend's constitutional referendum in Italy.

XLK

Puts indicate more caution in tech

Fri 8:14 AM CT

Technology has lagged other sectors in the recent rally, and option activity underscores concerns about more downside potential.

XLP

Consumer staples face put buying

Fri 7:16 AM CT

As bulls have charged into riskier stocks, money has flowed out of consumer staples. And one large trade is prepared for that trend to continue.

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