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Stock Traders Purchase High Volume of Dynavax Technologies Corporation Call Options (NASDAQ:DVAX)

Dynavax Technologies Corporation (NASDAQ:DVAX) saw unusually large options trading activity on Wednesday. Stock investors acquired 27,362 call options on the stock. This is an increase of approximately 940% compared to the average daily volume of 2,630 call options. Several hedge funds have recently made changes to their positions in DVAX. DekaBank Deutsche Girozentrale acquired a new position in Dynavax Technologies Corporation during the first quarter worth $121,000. Bank of America Corp DE raised its position in Dynavax Technologies Corporation... 
 

United States Steel Sees Unusually Large Options Volume (NYSE:X)

United States Steel Co. (NYSE:X) was the recipient of some unusual options trading on Wednesday. Investors bought 51,977 put options on the company. This is an increase of 194% compared to the average volume of 17,668 put options. A number of analysts have recently commented on X shares. Vetr lowered United States Steel from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $38.38 price target on the stock. in a research note on Tuesday, April 11th. Macquarie upgraded United States Steel from an “underperform”... 
 

Investors Purchase High Volume of Call Options on Snap (NYSE:SNAP)

Snap Inc. (NYSE:SNAP) was the recipient of unusually large options trading on Wednesday. Stock traders acquired 35,695 call options on the company. This is an increase of approximately 139% compared to the typical volume of 14,943 call options. A number of institutional investors have recently made changes to their positions in SNAP. NN Investment Partners Holdings N.V. raised its position in shares of Snap by 6.3% in the second quarter. NN Investment Partners Holdings N.V. now owns 42,406 shares of the company’s stock worth $754,000 after... 
 

Stock Traders Purchase High Volume of Applied Materials Put Options (NASDAQ:AMAT)

Applied Materials, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMAT) was the recipient of unusually large options trading activity on Wednesday. Stock traders purchased 1,149 put options on the stock. This represents an increase of approximately 125% compared to the typical volume of 510 put options. Applied Materials (AMAT) opened at 45.25 on Friday. The firm’s 50-day moving average is $44.41 and its 200-day moving average is $40.32. Applied Materials has a 12-month low of $25.68 and a 12-month high of $47.86. The stock has a market capitalization of $48.63 billion, a... 
 

iShares S&P NA Tec. Semi. Idx. Fd.(ETF) (NASDAQ:SOXX) Short Interest Update

iShares S&P NA Tec. Semi. Idx. Fd.(ETF) (NASDAQ:SOXX) saw a significant decline in short interest in the month of July. As of July 14th, there was short interest totalling 1,680,700 shares, a decline of 35.7% from the June 30th total of 2,612,955 shares. Based on an average daily volume of 574,695 shares, the days-to-cover ratio is currently 2.9 days. Several hedge funds have recently modified their holdings of SOXX. Cambridge Investment Research Advisors Inc. acquired a new stake in shares of iShares S&P NA Tec. Semi. Idx. Fd.(ETF)... 
 

Matrix Service Company (NASDAQ:MTRX) Short Interest Up 23.9% in July

Matrix Service Company (NASDAQ:MTRX) was the target of a significant increase in short interest in July. As of July 14th, there was short interest totalling 886,119 shares, an increase of 23.9% from the June 30th total of 715,451 shares. Currently, 3.4% of the company’s shares are short sold. Based on an average daily volume of 296,559 shares, the days-to-cover ratio is currently 3.0 days. A number of equities research analysts have weighed in on MTRX shares. TheStreet downgraded Matrix Service from a “c-” rating to a “d+”... 
 

Kindred Biosciences, Inc. (KIN) Short Interest Update

Kindred Biosciences, Inc. (NASDAQ:KIN) was the recipient of a significant increase in short interest in July. As of July 14th, there was short interest totalling 1,005,956 shares, an increase of 23.3% from the June 30th total of 815,816 shares. Based on an average daily volume of 376,425 shares, the days-to-cover ratio is currently 2.7 days. Currently, 4.8% of the shares of the company are short sold. A number of brokerages have recently issued reports on KIN. Zacks Investment Research downgraded Kindred Biosciences from a “buy” rating... 
 

Advanced Micro Devices Target of Unusually High Options Trading (NASDAQ:AMD)

Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMD) was the recipient of some unusual options trading on Wednesday. Stock investors purchased 260,472 call options on the stock. This represents an increase of approximately 204% compared to the typical daily volume of 85,736 call options. A number of equities research analysts have weighed in on AMD shares. Canaccord Genuity reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a $17.00 price objective on shares of Advanced Micro Devices in a report on Thursday, April 6th. Craig Hallum lifted their price objective... 
 

Short Interest in 8point3 Energy Partners LP (NASDAQ:CAFD) Decreases By 35.5%

8point3 Energy Partners LP (NASDAQ:CAFD) was the recipient of a significant drop in short interest in the month of July. As of July 14th, there was short interest totalling 1,384,295 shares, a drop of 35.5% from the June 30th total of 2,147,197 shares. Currently, 5.0% of the shares of the company are short sold. Based on an average daily trading volume, of 223,628 shares, the days-to-cover ratio is presently 6.2 days. Institutional investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the company. Benjamin F. Edwards & Company Inc.... 
 

Chicago Bridge & Iron Company N.V. Sees Unusually High Options Volume (NYSE:CBI)

Chicago Bridge & Iron Company N.V. (NYSE:CBI) was the recipient of some unusual options trading on Wednesday. Stock traders purchased 896 call options on the company. This represents an increase of approximately 197% compared to the average volume of 302 call options. CBI has been the topic of a number of recent analyst reports. Bank of America Corporation set a $17.00 target price on Chicago Bridge & Iron Company N.V. and gave the company a “sell” rating in a research report on Tuesday, July 4th. Credit Suisse Group decreased... 
 

Stock Traders Buy Large Volume of Hanesbrands Put Options (NYSE:HBI)

Hanesbrands Inc. (NYSE:HBI) was the target of unusually large options trading activity on Wednesday. Traders bought 22,638 put options on the stock. This represents an increase of 1,310% compared to the average daily volume of 1,605 put options. In other Hanesbrands news, CEO Gerald Evans sold 42,109 shares of Hanesbrands stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, May 9th. The shares were sold at an average price of $21.74, for a total value of $915,449.66. Following the completion of the sale, the chief executive officer now directly owns... 
 

HSN, Inc. (HSNI) Short Interest Update

HSN, Inc. (NASDAQ:HSNI) was the target of a significant increase in short interest in the month of July. As of July 14th, there was short interest totalling 2,671,227 shares, an increase of 24.9% from the June 30th total of 2,138,356 shares. Approximately 8.4% of the company’s shares are sold short. Based on an average daily volume of 2,333,943 shares, the short-interest ratio is presently 1.1 days. Several institutional investors have recently modified their holdings of the company. First Mercantile Trust Co. boosted its position in HSN... 
 

Short Interest in Appian Corporation (NASDAQ:APPN) Grows By 32.6%

Appian Corporation (NASDAQ:APPN) saw a large increase in short interest during the month of July. As of July 14th, there was short interest totalling 1,337,913 shares, an increase of 32.6% from the June 30th total of 1,009,137 shares. Currently, 18.6% of the company’s stock are short sold. Based on an average daily volume of 288,515 shares, the short-interest ratio is presently 4.6 days. A number of analysts have commented on the company. Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (The) assumed coverage on Appian Corporation in a research report on Monday,... 
 

Sunshine Heart Inc (CHFS) Sees Significant Growth in Short Interest

Sunshine Heart Inc (NASDAQ:CHFS) saw a significant growth in short interest during the month of July. As of July 14th, there was short interest totalling 1,241,460 shares, a growth of 36.0% from the June 30th total of 913,038 shares. Approximately 18.9% of the company’s stock are sold short. Based on an average daily volume of 2,038,257 shares, the short-interest ratio is currently 0.6 days. Separately, Ladenburg Thalmann Financial Services initiated coverage on shares of Sunshine Heart in a research note on Thursday, June 29th. They issued... 
 

Short Interest in Interpace Diagnostics Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:IDXG) Increases By 46.2%

Interpace Diagnostics Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:IDXG) saw a significant growth in short interest in July. As of July 14th, there was short interest totalling 1,973,961 shares, a growth of 46.2% from the June 30th total of 1,350,336 shares. Based on an average daily trading volume, of 2,029,433 shares, the short-interest ratio is presently 1.0 days. Approximately 10.9% of the shares of the stock are sold short. Interpace Diagnostics Group (NASDAQ IDXG) opened at 0.945 on Friday. The stock’s 50 day moving average is $1.01 and its 200 day moving... 
 

iPath S&P 500 VIX Short Term Futures TM ETN Target of Unusually High Options Trading (NYSE:VXX)

iPath S&P 500 VIX Short Term Futures TM ETN (NYSE:VXX) saw unusually large options trading activity on Wednesday. Investors acquired 259,922 call options on the stock. This is an increase of approximately 110% compared to the average daily volume of 123,869 call options. iPath S&P 500 VIX Short Term Futures TM ETN (NYSE:VXX) opened at 11.29 on Friday. iPath S&P 500 VIX Short Term Futures TM ETN has a 52 week low of $10.91 and a 52 week high of $42.84. The firm’s 50-day moving average is $12.36 and its 200 day moving average... 
 

Twitter Sees Unusually High Options Volume (TWTR)

Twitter, Inc. (NYSE:TWTR) was the target of some unusual options trading on Wednesday. Stock traders acquired 82,649 call options on the company. This represents an increase of approximately 230% compared to the typical volume of 25,042 call options. In other Twitter news, Director Evan Clark Williams sold 853,700 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Friday, July 14th. The stock was sold at an average price of $19.38, for a total transaction of $16,544,706.00. Following the completion of the sale, the director now directly owns... 
 

Zynga Inc. (ZNGA) Sees Large Drop in Short Interest

Zynga Inc. (NASDAQ:ZNGA) was the target of a large decline in short interest during the month of July. As of July 14th, there was short interest totalling 12,566,285 shares, a decline of 26.4% from the June 30th total of 17,072,070 shares. Based on an average daily volume of 8,245,501 shares, the short-interest ratio is currently 1.5 days. Approximately 1.7% of the company’s stock are sold short. Zynga (ZNGA) opened at 3.66 on Friday. The firm has a 50-day moving average of $3.65 and a 200-day moving average of $3.08. Zynga has a 1-year... 
 

Ampliphi Biosciences Corp (NYSE:APHB) Short Interest Up 39.4% in July

Ampliphi Biosciences Corp (NYSE:APHB) was the target of a significant growth in short interest during the month of July. As of July 14th, there was short interest totalling 770,981 shares, a growth of 39.4% from the June 30th total of 552,900 shares. Based on an average daily trading volume, of 1,967,422 shares, the days-to-cover ratio is currently 0.4 days. Currently, 9.2% of the shares of the company are sold short. Shares of Ampliphi Biosciences Corp (APHB) opened at 0.8699 on Friday. The firm has a 50-day moving average price of $1.95 and... 
 

Evolution Petroleum Corp (EPM) Short Interest Update

Evolution Petroleum Corp (NYSE:EPM) was the recipient of a significant growth in short interest during the month of July. As of July 14th, there was short interest totalling 625,822 shares, a growth of 15.2% from the June 30th total of 543,290 shares. Approximately 2.1% of the company’s stock are short sold. Based on an average daily trading volume, of 97,983 shares, the short-interest ratio is currently 6.4 days. Evolution Petroleum Corp (NYSE EPM) opened at 8.20 on Friday. The firm has a market cap of $267.88 million and a P/E ratio of... 
 

Transenterix Inc (TRXC) Short Interest Update

Transenterix Inc (NYSE:TRXC) was the target of a significant increase in short interest during the month of July. As of July 14th, there was short interest totalling 7,286,423 shares, an increase of 5.8% from the June 30th total of 6,885,103 shares. Approximately 7.9% of the company’s shares are short sold. Based on an average daily trading volume, of 968,045 shares, the short-interest ratio is currently 7.5 days. Transenterix (NYSE:TRXC) opened at 0.6597 on Friday. The firm’s market cap is $97.98 million. Transenterix has a 52-week... 
 

Cheniere Energy, Inc. (LNG) Short Interest Up 4.6% in July

Cheniere Energy, Inc. (NYSE:LNG) was the recipient of a significant increase in short interest in the month of July. As of July 14th, there was short interest totalling 13,475,833 shares, an increase of 4.6% from the June 30th total of 12,878,085 shares. Based on an average daily volume of 1,380,504 shares, the days-to-cover ratio is currently 9.8 days. Approximately 5.8% of the company’s shares are short sold. Several hedge funds have recently modified their holdings of the stock. Steadfast Capital Management LP purchased a new stake in... 
 

PayPal Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:PYPL) Short Interest Update

PayPal Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:PYPL) was the recipient of a large decline in short interest in the month of July. As of July 14th, there was short interest totalling 27,186,097 shares, a decline of 10.7% from the June 30th total of 30,435,383 shares. Based on an average daily volume of 10,063,639 shares, the short-interest ratio is currently 2.7 days. Currently, 2.4% of the company’s shares are sold short. In other news, EVP Gary J. Marino sold 1,351 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, July 3rd.... 
 

Office Depot, Inc. (ODP) Short Interest Update

Office Depot, Inc. (NASDAQ:ODP) was the recipient of a significant decrease in short interest in July. As of July 14th, there was short interest totalling 12,430,895 shares, a decrease of 14.1% from the June 30th total of 14,467,204 shares. Currently, 2.5% of the shares of the stock are short sold. Based on an average daily trading volume, of 5,661,348 shares, the short-interest ratio is currently 2.2 days. In other Office Depot news, insider Michael R. Allison sold 66,217 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, May 16th. The shares... 
 

Short Interest in CSX Corporation (CSX) Declines By 9.1%

CSX Corporation (NASDAQ:CSX) was the target of a large drop in short interest in the month of July. As of July 14th, there was short interest totalling 19,255,571 shares, a drop of 9.1% from the June 30th total of 21,181,042 shares. Currently, 2.2% of the company’s stock are short sold. Based on an average daily volume of 4,178,364 shares, the days-to-cover ratio is presently 4.6 days. Several analysts recently issued reports on CSX shares. Stifel Nicolaus lifted their price target on shares of CSX Corporation from $47.00 to $50.00 and gave... 
 

BlackBerry Limited (BBRY) Sees Large Decline in Short Interest

BlackBerry Limited (NASDAQ:BBRY) (TSE:BB) saw a large decrease in short interest during the month of July. As of July 14th, there was short interest totalling 43,188,753 shares, a decrease of 3.9% from the June 30th total of 44,923,014 shares. Based on an average daily volume of 3,802,381 shares, the days-to-cover ratio is currently 11.4 days. Approximately 8.3% of the company’s stock are sold short. BlackBerry Limited (NASDAQ:BBRY) opened at 9.74 on Friday. The company has a market capitalization of $5.17 billion, a P/E ratio of 40.08 and... 
 

Symantec Corporation (NASDAQ:SYMC) Short Interest Down 6.7% in July

Symantec Corporation (NASDAQ:SYMC) was the recipient of a large drop in short interest during the month of July. As of July 14th, there was short interest totalling 17,633,501 shares, a drop of 6.7% from the June 30th total of 18,898,296 shares. Based on an average daily trading volume, of 6,386,692 shares, the days-to-cover ratio is presently 2.8 days. Currently, 2.9% of the company’s shares are sold short. Symantec Corporation (NASDAQ:SYMC) opened at 30.94 on Friday. Symantec Corporation has a 52 week low of $20.29 and a 52 week high of... 
 

Traders Buy High Volume of Call Options on Enterprise Products Partners L.P. (NYSE:EPD)

Enterprise Products Partners L.P. (NYSE:EPD) was the target of unusually large options trading activity on Tuesday. Stock traders purchased 21,588 call options on the stock. This is an increase of 900% compared to the typical volume of 2,159 call options. Several research firms have recently issued reports on EPD. Scotiabank set a $33.00 price objective on shares of Enterprise Products Partners L.P. and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research report on Friday, July 21st. Stifel Nicolaus reaffirmed a “buy” rating and... 
 

Financial Select Sector SPDR Fund Target of Unusually Large Options Trading (XLF)

Financial Select Sector SPDR Fund (NYSE:XLF) was the recipient of some unusual options trading activity on Tuesday. Traders acquired 123,143 put options on the stock. This represents an increase of approximately 243% compared to the typical volume of 35,939 put options. Shares of Financial Select Sector SPDR Fund (NYSE:XLF) opened at 24.91 on Friday. The company has a 50-day moving average of $24.59 and a 200 day moving average of $23.98. Financial Select Sector SPDR Fund has a 12-month low of $18.94 and a 12-month high of $25.32. A number of institutional... 
 

Traders Purchase High Volume of Transocean Call Options (NYSE:RIG)

Transocean Ltd. (NYSE:RIG) saw unusually large options trading on Tuesday. Investors purchased 47,393 call options on the stock. This is an increase of approximately 683% compared to the average volume of 6,049 call options. Several research analysts recently issued reports on the company. BMO Capital Markets reissued a “sell” rating and issued a $10.00 price objective on shares of Transocean in a research note on Tuesday, April 18th. Deutsche Bank AG dropped their price objective on Transocean from $8.00 to $7.00 and set a “hold”... 
 

Stock Traders Buy Large Volume of Put Options on United States Oil Fund (USO)

United States Oil Fund LP (NYSE:USO) saw some unusual options trading activity on Tuesday. Stock investors purchased 170,298 put options on the stock. This is an increase of approximately 187% compared to the typical daily volume of 59,433 put options. A hedge fund recently raised its stake in United States Oil Fund stock. ING Groep NV boosted its stake in United States Oil Fund LP (NYSE:USO) by 57.2% during the second quarter, according to its most recent filing with the SEC. The institutional investor owned 86,795 shares of the exchange traded... 
 

Organovo Holdings, Inc. (ONVO) Short Interest Down 7.2% in July

Organovo Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:ONVO) was the target of a large drop in short interest in the month of July. As of July 14th, there was short interest totalling 13,337,578 shares, a drop of 7.2% from the June 30th total of 14,379,539 shares. Currently, 13.8% of the company’s stock are sold short. Based on an average trading volume of 508,583 shares, the days-to-cover ratio is presently 26.2 days. Institutional investors have recently bought and sold shares of the stock. American International Group Inc. raised its position in Organovo Holdings... 
 

Short Interest in CommScope Holding Company, Inc. (NASDAQ:COMM) Decreases By 14.0%

CommScope Holding Company, Inc. (NASDAQ:COMM) was the recipient of a significant drop in short interest in the month of July. As of July 14th, there was short interest totalling 6,831,888 shares, a drop of 14.0% from the June 30th total of 7,947,955 shares. Based on an average daily trading volume, of 3,389,123 shares, the days-to-cover ratio is presently 2.0 days. Currently, 3.6% of the shares of the company are short sold. In other news, Director Frank M. Drendel sold 15,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Monday, May... 
 

Staples, Inc. (NASDAQ:SPLS) Short Interest Update

Staples, Inc. (NASDAQ:SPLS) saw a large growth in short interest in July. As of July 14th, there was short interest totalling 14,566,334 shares, a growth of 113.9% from the June 30th total of 6,808,314 shares. Approximately 2.2% of the company’s shares are sold short. Based on an average daily trading volume, of 14,117,922 shares, the days-to-cover ratio is currently 1.0 days. A number of equities research analysts recently weighed in on SPLS shares. Loop Capital reiterated a “hold” rating and set a $10.00 price objective on... 
 

Investors Buy Large Volume of Alphabet Put Options (NASDAQ:GOOGL)

Alphabet Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOGL) was the recipient of some unusual options trading on Monday. Traders purchased 31,138 put options on the company. This is an increase of 348% compared to the average daily volume of 6,958 put options. Shares of Alphabet (NASDAQ GOOGL) opened at 965.31 on Thursday. Alphabet has a one year low of $743.59 and a one year high of $1,008.61. The firm has a 50 day moving average price of $966.91 and a 200-day moving average price of $900.26. The firm has a market cap of $667.75 billion, a P/E ratio of 32.62 and a beta of 1.00.... 
 

Stock Traders Buy High Volume of Put Options on American Airlines Group (AAL)

American Airlines Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:AAL) saw some unusual options trading on Monday. Stock investors bought 1,841 put options on the company. This is an increase of 221% compared to the average volume of 574 put options. AAL has been the topic of a number of research analyst reports. J P Morgan Chase & Co lowered American Airlines Group from an “overweight” rating to a “neutral” rating and lowered their target price for the stock from $59.00 to $52.00 in a report on Thursday, April 27th. Barclays PLC reaffirmed a... 
 

Wal-Mart Stores Sees Unusually High Options Volume (NYSE:WMT)

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE:WMT) was the recipient of unusually large options trading on Monday. Stock investors bought 5,107 put options on the company. This represents an increase of 351% compared to the average daily volume of 1,132 put options. Shares of Wal-Mart Stores (WMT) opened at 78.90 on Thursday. The company’s 50-day moving average price is $76.46 and its 200 day moving average price is $73.13. Wal-Mart Stores has a 52 week low of $65.28 and a 52 week high of $80.47. The company has a market cap of $237.84 billion, a P/E ratio... 
 

Traders Buy Large Volume of Put Options on Ford Motor (NYSE:F)

Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F) was the target of unusually large options trading on Monday. Investors bought 17,842 put options on the company. This is an increase of 122% compared to the average daily volume of 8,031 put options. F has been the subject of a number of analyst reports. Nomura reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $14.80 price objective on shares of Ford Motor in a research note on Tuesday, May 2nd. Zacks Investment Research cut Ford Motor from a “hold” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a research... 
 

Traders Buy High Volume of Lowe’s Companies Put Options (LOW)

Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (NYSE:LOW) saw unusually large options trading on Monday. Stock traders purchased 6,466 put options on the stock. This is an increase of approximately 538% compared to the average daily volume of 1,014 put options. Shares of Lowe’s Companies (NYSE LOW) opened at 75.98 on Thursday. The stock has a market capitalization of $64.14 billion, a P/E ratio of 23.83 and a beta of 1.08. The company has a 50-day moving average price of $77.49 and a 200 day moving average price of $79.00. Lowe’s Companies has a 52 week... 
 

Best Buy Co. Sees Unusually High Options Volume (BBY)

Best Buy Co., Inc. (NYSE:BBY) saw unusually large options trading activity on Monday. Stock traders acquired 1,986 put options on the company. This is an increase of approximately 592% compared to the typical daily volume of 287 put options. Shares of Best Buy Co. (NYSE:BBY) opened at 55.57 on Thursday. The stock has a market capitalization of $16.95 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 14.95 and a beta of 1.44. Best Buy Co. has a 12 month low of $32.02 and a 12 month high of $61.95. The firm’s 50 day moving average is $56.40 and its 200... 
 

Baidu Sees Unusually High Options Volume (BIDU)

Baidu, Inc. (NASDAQ:BIDU) was the target of unusually large options trading on Monday. Traders bought 19,164 call options on the company. This represents an increase of approximately 126% compared to the typical daily volume of 8,493 call options. Shares of Baidu (NASDAQ:BIDU) opened at 201.17 on Thursday. The firm has a market capitalization of $69.78 billion, a P/E ratio of 43.62 and a beta of 1.91. The stock’s 50 day moving average is $183.76 and its 200-day moving average is $179.98. Baidu has a 52-week low of $156.23 and a 52-week high... 
 

EZCORP, Inc. (EZPW) Short Interest Update

EZCORP, Inc. (NASDAQ:EZPW) was the recipient of a significant growth in short interest in July. As of July 14th, there was short interest totalling 5,289,532 shares, a growth of 102.6% from the June 30th total of 2,610,651 shares. Currently, 10.7% of the shares of the stock are short sold. Based on an average daily trading volume, of 766,216 shares, the short-interest ratio is currently 6.9 days. Hedge funds have recently modified their holdings of the company. State of Tennessee Treasury Department raised its stake in shares of EZCORP by 17.8%... 
 

Traders Buy Large Volume of Put Options on Alphabet (NASDAQ:GOOGL)

Alphabet Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOGL) saw some unusual options trading activity on Monday. Stock traders acquired 31,138 put options on the stock. This represents an increase of approximately 348% compared to the typical volume of 6,958 put options. Alphabet (NASDAQ GOOGL) opened at 965.31 on Thursday. The company has a market capitalization of $667.75 billion, a PE ratio of 32.62 and a beta of 1.00. Alphabet has a 52-week low of $743.59 and a 52-week high of $1,008.61. The company has a 50 day moving average of $966.91 and a 200 day moving average of $900.26.... 
 

Stock Traders Purchase Large Volume of Marathon Oil Corporation Call Options (MRO)

Marathon Oil Corporation (NYSE:MRO) was the target of some unusual options trading on Monday. Stock traders purchased 1,294 call options on the company. This represents an increase of approximately 127% compared to the average daily volume of 569 call options. A number of hedge funds have recently modified their holdings of MRO. Quadrature Capital Ltd acquired a new stake in shares of Marathon Oil Corporation during the fourth quarter valued at approximately $2,116,000. Kentucky Retirement Systems acquired a new stake in shares of Marathon Oil... 
 

Trilogy Metals Inc (NYSE:TMQ) Short Interest Down 3.2% in July

Trilogy Metals Inc (NYSE:TMQ) saw a large decrease in short interest in July. As of July 14th, there was short interest totalling 841,221 shares, a decrease of 3.2% from the June 30th total of 868,701 shares. Based on an average daily trading volume, of 150,980 shares, the days-to-cover ratio is presently 5.6 days. Currently, 1.3% of the shares of the company are sold short. Shares of Trilogy Metals (NYSE TMQ) opened at 1.14 on Thursday. Trilogy Metals has a 52 week low of $0.41 and a 52 week high of $1.14. The company’s 50 day moving average... 
 

Stock Traders Buy High Volume of Deere & Call Options (NYSE:DE)

Deere & Company (NYSE:DE) saw unusually large options trading on Monday. Stock investors acquired 731 call options on the stock. This is an increase of 255% compared to the average volume of 206 call options. In other news, VP Marc A. Howze sold 6,624 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Friday, May 19th. The stock was sold at an average price of $119.59, for a total transaction of $792,164.16. Following the completion of the sale, the vice president now owns 9,004 shares in the company, valued at approximately $1,076,788.36.... 
 

General Motors Sees Unusually High Options Volume (GM)

General Motors Company (NYSE:GM) (TSE:GMM.U) was the target of some unusual options trading on Monday. Stock traders purchased 26,435 put options on the company. This represents an increase of approximately 328% compared to the average daily volume of 6,179 put options. A number of research analysts recently issued reports on GM shares. Bank of America Corporation restated a “buy” rating and set a $40.00 price objective (down previously from $44.00) on shares of General Motors in a research report on Friday, June 16th. BidaskClub upgraded... 
 

The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company (GT) Short Interest Up 13.4% in July

The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company (NASDAQ:GT) was the recipient of a large increase in short interest in the month of July. As of July 14th, there was short interest totalling 18,183,899 shares, an increase of 13.4% from the June 30th total of 16,041,426 shares. Based on an average daily volume of 1,797,098 shares, the days-to-cover ratio is currently 10.1 days. Approximately 7.2% of the company’s shares are sold short. Shares of The Goodyear Tire & Rubber (GT) opened at 35.79 on Thursday. The firm has a market cap of $9.01 billion,... 
 

Short Interest in Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (TTWO) Rises By 35.6%

Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (NASDAQ:TTWO) was the recipient of a significant increase in short interest in July. As of July 14th, there was short interest totalling 5,908,171 shares, an increase of 35.6% from the June 30th total of 4,356,652 shares. Based on an average daily volume of 1,838,690 shares, the days-to-cover ratio is currently 3.2 days. Currently, 5.8% of the shares of the company are short sold. A number of research analysts have weighed in on the company. Credit Suisse Group reissued a “hold” rating and issued... 
 

Zion Oil & Gas Inc (NASDAQ:ZN) Short Interest Update

Zion Oil & Gas Inc (NASDAQ:ZN) saw a significant increase in short interest in the month of July. As of July 14th, there was short interest totalling 3,453,956 shares, an increase of 56.4% from the June 30th total of 2,208,759 shares. Currently, 7.7% of the shares of the company are short sold. Based on an average trading volume of 3,989,883 shares, the days-to-cover ratio is currently 0.9 days. Shares of Zion Oil & Gas (NASDAQ:ZN) opened at 4.14 on Thursday. Zion Oil & Gas has a 12 month low of $1.07 and a 12 month high of $6.90.... 
 
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