Dow Holds Gains Despite Durable Goods Disappointment

There's unusual options trading on Chinese auto stock Nio

May 24, 2019 at 12:10 PM
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The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJI) is off its early highs, sporting a modest lead at midday. Traders are staying focused on President Donald Trump's China comments from yesterday, brushing off a disappointing durable goods update for April. Meanwhile, the S&P 500 Index (SPX) and Nasdaq Composite (IXIC) are trading above breakeven as they barrel toward a third straight weekly loss, while the Dow is heading for its fifth down week in a row.

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There's unusual interest in Chinese auto stock Nio Inc (NYSE:NIO), as the company prepares to report earnings next Tuesday morning, May 28. A number of large trades have crossed on both the put and call sides, with the June 3.50 put most popular overall. Meanwhile, bulls appear to be targeting the weekly 5/31 3.50-strike call. NIO shares were last seen trading down 1.7% at $3.86, coming off yesterday's all-time low of $3.83.

One stock on the rise today is Pinterest Inc (NYSE:PINS), trading 5.5% higher at $25.10. The Wall Street newcomer is trying to break a five-day losing streak, coming off its lowest close ever yesterday. In the meantime, new positions are opening at the weekly 6/7 27-strike call.

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Just adding to retail's bad week, Foot Locker, Inc. (NYSE:FL) is one of the worst stocks today after earnings, down 16.9% at $43.93, and earlier hitting a 52-week low of $43.04. This puts FL shares below a previous floor at the $45 area, and leaves the retailer's market cap below $5 billion for the time being.

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