Stocks Trade Sideways Ahead of Major Earnings Dump

Investors could be rattled by a higher 10-year Treasury yield, as well

by Josh Selway

Published on Apr 23, 2018 at 11:59 AM
Updated on Apr 23, 2018 at 12:06 PM

The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJI) is hanging on to positive territory at midday thanks to a big gain for Merck (MRK), but higher bond yields continue to limit the upside for stocks. A number of commodities are struggling, too, as the decline in bond prices lifts the U.S. dollar. Traders could also be taking a wait-and-see approach ahead of a number of high-profile earnings releases after the close tonight and before the open tomorrow, with names like Alphabet (GOOGL) and Verizon (VZ) set to report.

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One name seeing unusual options activity is Caesars Entertainment Corp (NASDAQ:CZR), with more than 8,400 calls traded so far, compared to fewer than 450 puts. New positions are being opened at the weekly 4/27 11- and 12-strike calls, the most popular contracts today, and the June 12 call could be seeing buy-to-open activity, as well. CZR shares have been trending higher since bottoming near $10.50 earlier this month, and were last seen trading up 2.6% at $11.80 -- but they're running into a trendline connecting lower highs since late January.

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One of the best Nasdaq stocks today is online educational services provider Cambium Learning Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:ABCD). After falling 24% on Friday, the shares are snapping back some today to trade up 15.8% at $11.93. There's no apparent news behind these big moves, but ABCD stock has been a major winner in 2018, more than doubling year-to-date.

On the flip side, iRobot Corporation (NASDAQ:IRBT) is one of the worst Nasdaq stocks, losing 5.7% to trade at $60.25 -- possibly due to reports that Amazon is working on personal robots for the home. Nonetheless, IRBT stock had already been underperforming on the charts, suffering a huge post-earnings bear gap in February. With earnings due out after the close tomorrow, the Roomba maker could again be a name to watch for options traders.

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