Bear market volatility picked back up Wednesday after taking a backseat for a three-day earnings rally…
Markets opened lower Wednesday following weak reports from top tech stocks Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) and Google Parent Alphabet Inc. (Nasdaq: GOOG).
While the bulls were able to flip the major indexes back into the green for a bit just before lunchtime Wednesday, the bears roared back with a strong afternoon sell-off.
Options flow was strong despite the choppy tape, as institutional traders continued focusing on upcoming earnings events.
With major financial companies in the rearview and the last of the FAANG stocks finishing up Thursday, the earnings agenda shifts its attention to energy, with oil supermajor Exxon Mobil Corp. (NYSE: XOM) set to report ahead of Friday’s opening bell.
Energy names followed up a shaky September with an explosive October, as shares of XOM jumped as much as 28% in the past four weeks.
In the afternoon, my scanners spotted bullish bets in the options chain, including one trader sweeping up about 850 contracts of the Nov. 4 expiration, $107 strike calls for $240,000 in premium!
And the earnings action is only heating up…
- V.F. Corp. (NYSE: VFC): Oct. 28, $28 CALL.
- Tesla Inc. (Nasdaq: TSLA): Oct. 28, $230 CALL.
- The Walt Disney Co. (NYSE: DIS): Dec. 16, $109 CALL.
- Teladoc Health Inc. (NYSE: TDOC): Nov. 18, $30 CALL.
- Alphabet Inc. (Nasdaq: GOOG): Dec. 16, $105 CALL..
- Exxon-Mobil Corp. (NYSE: XOM): Nov. 4, $107 CALL.
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