Pro Traders are Betting MILLIONS on These Stocks… Unusual Options Activity

What if you could mimic the moves of some of the best-informed traders on the planet? That’s the idea behind a new series we’re launching that’s focused on what we’ll call “smart money” option trades.

In short, we’re using Market Chameleon to scan the options market for unusual activity and identifying some of the most interesting mega trades – relatively large volume options trades we can potentially mimic… but on a smaller scale!

While we can’t be 100% certain of the exact options strategies our “smart money” traders are employing on these trades, these are our best guesses based on the information we do have.

That said, here are 5 of the most interesting “smart money” trades we came across in the past week.

Trade #1: Trader Just Made $325,000 Betting That NVIDIA Corporation (NASDAQ: NVDA) Will Stay Bearish For The Next 2 Weeks

On Wednesday, June 02, 2021, a “smart money” trader seems to have bought 1,300 of the 18-Jun-21 $730.00 call options on NVDA for $4.45 per share. His outlay was $578,500 for these options. In what appears to be a Bear Call spread Strategy (wherein the investor buys a call option with a higher strike price and sells a call option with a lower strike price but with the same expiry date), he also seems to have sold 1,300 of the 18-Jun-21 $710.00 call options on NVDA for $6.95 per share, which is an inflow of $903,500. His total inflow for this Bear Call Spread Strategy was $325,000.

NVDA – Bear Call Spread Options Strategy

A Bear Call Spread strategy is typically used to generate premium income based on a trader’s bearish view of a stock or index. He seems to be anticipating that the price of the stock would not cross above $710.00 until 18-Jun-21. NVDA’s last close was $671.13.

Trade #2: Trader Just Bet $5,638,500 That Bank of America Corp (NYSE: BAC) Will Have a Significant Move in Either Direction in 2 Weeks.

On Wednesday, June 02, 2021, a “smart money” trader seems to have bought 10,500 of the 18-Jun-21 $48.00 call options on BAC for $0.02 per share. Her outlay was $21,000 for these options. In what appears to be a Long Straddle Strategy (wherein the investor simultaneously purchases a call option and a put option on the same underlying asset with the same expiration date and strike price), she also seems to have bought 10,500 of the 18-Jun-21 $48.00 put options on BAC for $5.35 per share, which is an outlay of $5,617,500. Her total outlay for this Long Straddle Strategy was $5,638,500.

BAC – Long Straddle Options Strategy

BAC will need to rise to $53.37 for the call option trade to break even — around a 24% return from the current price of $42.94. And then for every $1 the stock rises above $53.37, our “smart money” trader will make $1,050,000!

BAC will need to decline to $42.63 for the put option trade to break even — around a 1% return from the current price of $42.94. And then for every $1 the stock decreases below $42.63, our “smart money” trader will make $1,050,000!

She seems to be anticipating the underlying stock to have a significant move in either direction within the next 2 weeks.

Trade #3: Trader Just Bet $4,617,500 That AMC Entertainment Holdings Inc. (NYSE: AMC) Will Have a Significant Move in Either Direction in 6 Weeks.

On Wednesday, June 02, 2021, a “smart money” trader seems to have bought 2,500 of the 16-Jul-21 $50.00 call options on AMC for $10.37 per share. His outlay was $2,592,500 for these options. In what appears to be a Long Strangle Strategy (wherein the investor simultaneously buys an out-of-the-money call and an out-of-the-money put option with the same expiration date), he also seems to have bought 2,500 of the 16-Jul-21 $30.00 put options on AMC for $8.10 per share, which is an outlay of $2,025,000. His total outlay for this long strangle strategy was $4,617,500.

AMC – Long Strangle Options Strategy

AMC will need to rise to $69.07 for the call option trade to break even — around a 10% return from the current price of $62.55. And then for every $1 the stock rises above $69.07, our “smart money” trader will make $250,000!

AMC will need to decline to $11.53 for the put option trade to break even — around an 82% return from the current price of $62.55. And then for every $1 the stock decreases below $11.53, our “smart money” trader will make $250,000!

He seems to be anticipating the underlying stock to have a significant move in either direction within the next 6 weeks.

Trade #4: Trader Just Bet $11,690,000 That Skillz Inc. (NYSE: SKLZ) Will Have a Significant Move in Either Direction in 11 Weeks.

On Wednesday, June 02, 2021, a “smart money” trader seems to have bought 7,000 of the 20-Aug-21 $35.00 call options on SKLZ for $0.85 per share. Her outlay was $595,000 for these options. In what appears to be a Long Straddle Strategy (wherein the investor simultaneously purchases a call option and a put option on the same underlying asset with the same expiration date and strike price), she also seems to have bought 7,000 of the 20-Aug-21 $35.00 put options on SKLZ for $15.85 per share, which is an outlay of $11,095,000. Her total outlay for this Long Straddle Strategy was $11,690,000.

SKLZ – Long Straddle Options Strategy

SKLZ will need to rise to $51.70 for the call option trade to break even — around a 140% return from the current price of $21.55. And then for every $1 the stock rises above $51.70, our “smart money” trader will make $700,000!

SKLZ will need to decline to $18.30 for the put option trade to break even — around a 15% return from the current price of $21.55. And then for every $1 the stock decreases below $18.30, our “smart money” trader will make $700,000!

She seems to be anticipating the underlying stock to have a significant move in either direction within the next 11 weeks.

Trade #5: Trader Just Made $600,000 Betting That Pinduoduo Inc. (NASDAQ: PDD) Will Stay Bearish For The Next 2 Weeks

On Tuesday, June 01, 2021, a “smart money” trader seems to have bought 5,000 of the 18-Jun-21 $160.00 call options on PDD for $1.67 per share. His outlay was $835,000 for these options. In what appears to be a Bear Call spread Strategy (wherein the investor buys a call option with a higher strike price and sells a call option with a lower strike price but with the same expiry date), he also seems to have sold 5,000 of the 18-Jun-21 $152.50 call options on PDD for $2.87 per share, which is an inflow of $1,435,000. His total inflow for this Bear Call Spread Strategy was $600,000.

PDD – Bear Call Spread Options Strategy

A Bear Call Spread strategy is typically used to generate premium income based on a trader’s bearish view of a stock or index. He seems to be anticipating that the price of the stock would not cross above $152.50 until 18-Jun-21. PDD’s last close was $139.90.

Happy Trading!

— Trades of The Day Research Team

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