Nasdaq Can't Be Stopped; Dow Jones Industrial Average Heads North

Is This "Auto-Hedge" Worth the Risk?

Jul 20, 2015 at 11:50 AM
facebook twitter linkedin

It's another day, another new peak for the Nasdaq Composite (COMP), which earlier topped out at an intraday best of 5,225.30. Buoying the tech-heavy benchmark are analyst-induced pops for two notable COMP components, with both notching their highest perches to date. Elsewhere, the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) and the S&P 500 Index (SPX) have each moved off earlier lows, and are enjoying modest gains at midday. Looking ahead, this week's market drivers will be brought back home, as Greece takes a backseat to corporate earnings season and tumbling commodities.


Continue reading for more on today's market -- and don't miss:




Among the stocks with notable call volume is wearable camera maker GoPro Inc (NASDAQ:GPRO), with the contracts changing hands at eight times the average intraday rate -- and outpacing puts by a 2-to-1 margin. The stock is up 5.3% at $59.61, and it seems like pre-earnings option traders are buying to open the weekly 7/24 60-strike call, betting on a round-number breakout by week's end.


Vivint Solar Inc (NYSE:VSLR) is the top gainer on the Big Board -- up 44.4% at $15.73. Helping boost the shares is news of a multi-billion-dollar buyout bid from one of its sector peers. The security is now boasting a year-to-date lead of 70%.


Unlike fellow toy stock Mattel, Inc. (NASDAQ:MAT), Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ:HAS) is soaring after the company's quarterly earnings report. Specifically, the firm's second-quarter earnings beat estimates, sending the shares to a record high of $83.52 in early action. More recently, the stock was up 6.1% at $83.01 -- just as the options market predicted -- and on track for its first-ever close north of the round-number $80 mark. This area that has contained HAS in recent weeks.



The CBOE Volatility Index (VIX) is down 0.1 point, or 0.7%, at 11.87, and on track for its first sub-12 close since early December.


Today's put/call volume ratio on the SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust (SPY) is 1.86, with puts almost doubling calls. SPY is up 0.3 point, or 0.1%, at $212.73.


Stop leaving money on the table with the same old broken options trading approach...

There is no options strategy that more perfectly capitalizes during earnings season better than this simple call and put buying strategy. Perfect for aggressive traders looking to recover their suffering portfolios so far in 2022. With the simplest possible options strategy, Schaeffer's team with 100+ years of options trading excellence, target 200% gains on every single trade. So many trades are being beaten down by the market, but don't be one of them! Don't waste another second... join us right now before the next trade is released! 

Schaeffer's Daily Bulletin Offer


Special Offers from Schaeffer's Trading Partners