Stock news outlets are notorious for providing lists. Recently, Jim Cramer’s website reported on stocks with huge insider purchases and buybacks. Barron’s Magazine also routinely runs articles on this subject. Today in the PowerOptions weblog, we’ll take a look at the list and then explore option trading ideas using this information.
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The theory when it comes to investing in stocks with large amounts of insider buying is you will be able to capitalize on the investing savvy of those more connected and informed about the future of the stock.
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Charles Schwab, the San Francisco brokerage firm, recently said it will buy back more than 100 million shares. This constitutes around 7% of the company’s outstanding shares.
Tektronix recently added $350 million to its share-buyback program. The company considers itself a leading worldwide provider of communications network management products.
Chesapeake Energy’s CEO Aubrey McClendon recently purchased 101,500 shares for about $3.5 million. Chesapeake retrieves oil and natural gas from a variety of underground sources.
Cognos recently announced a $200 million dollar buyback which constitutes a doubling of the size of its current stock buyback plan. The company will repurchase up to 8.9 million shares, or 10% of the public float. The company’s primary product is an operational and financial planning tool so businesses can get a handle on their future resource requirements and, hopefully, produce shareholder benefiting business results.
Titanium Metals recently had a 10% stakeholder purchase an additional 50,800 shares or $1,585,000 worth of stock.
Looking at this News from an Options Trading Perspective:
These trades could be good for fit for a long term option trading technique as outlined in the PowerOptions training article, Covered Call Tutorial, under the heading Summary of Investor alternatives in a rising market.
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|Titanium Metals Corp.||TIE||$33.97||TIEHG||07 AUG 35.0 (37)||$1.60||4.7||4.9||8.1|
|Cognos Inc.||COGN||$40.29||CRQHV||07 AUG 42.5 (37)||$0.65||1.6||1.6||7.2|
|Tektronix Inc.||TEK||$34.61||TEKHG||07 AUG 35.0 (37)||$0.95||2.7||2.8||4|
|Chesapeake Energy Corp.||CHK||$35.06||CHKHG||07 AUG 35.0 (37)||$1.30||3.7||3.7||3.7|
|Cognos Inc.||COGN||$40.29||CRQHH||07 AUG 40.0 (37)||$1.70||4.2||3.7||3.7|
|Charles Schwab||SCHW||$22.01||SHQHX||07 AUG 22.5 (37)||$0.35||1.6||1.6||3.9|
COGN – There are two covered call trades mentioned for the Cognos stock. The first, a trade using the $42.50 call option, offers a robust 7.2% potential profit with a thin 1.6% downside protection. The second, more conservative, choice is a trade offering 3.7% potential profit with 4.2% downside protection using the $40 call option. Cognos is currently trading at $40.29.
Competitors for COGN include: Business Objects SA (BOBJ), Microsoft Corporation (MSFT), Oracle Corp. (ORCL), Actuate Corp. (ACTU), Hyperion Solutions Corp. (HYSL), and Microstrategy Inc. (MSTR).
TEK -The Tektronix trade has a reasonable 4% potential profit and 2.7% downside protection. The trade utilizes the $35.00 call option. The stock is currently trading at $34.61.
Competitors for TEK include: Agilent Technologies Inc. (A), Anritsu Corporation (private), and Rohde & Schwarz GmbH & Co. KG (private).
CHK – The Chesapeake offers 3.7% potential profit and 3.7% downside protection. A potentially very good trade if you like the stock. It also exemplifies the type of trades a user of the PowerOptions site can easily identify.
Competitors for CHK include: Anadarko Petroleum Corp. (APC), BP plc (BP), ConocoPhillips (COP), Arena Resources Inc. (ARD), Pioneer Natural Resources Co. (PXD), Plains Exploration & Prod. Co. L.P. (PXP), and Questar Corp. (STR).
SCHW – The Schwab trade offers 3.9% potential profit with 1.6% downside protection. Not bad, as good option positions on this stock are increasingly hard to come by as investors maintain their bullish outlook.
Competitors for SCHW include: E*TRADE Financial Corp. (ETFC), FMR Corp. (private), The Jones Financial Companies, L.L.L.P. (private), Ameritrade Hldg. Corp. Class A (AMTD), Etrade Group Inc. (ET), and Trade Station Group Inc. (TRAD).
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