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Bulls are back in the Nasdaq and options are aflutter

Bulls are back in the Nasdaq and options are aflutter

10/20/2020 1:15:00 AM

Bulls are back in the Nasdaq and options are aflutter

Investors are once again chasing upside in shares of tech companies after a sharp sell-off in U.S. equities last month.

Despite last week’s market dip, the tech-heavy Nasdaq remains around 3% away from its record high. Traders - many of them retail investors - have plowed back into call options, used to position for gains in shares.“There hasn’t been that catalyst to really move the market down,” said Matt Amberson, principal at options analytics firm ORATS. “Starting from late September, we’ve seen call buying come back.”

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Since its recent trough on Sept. 23, the Nasdaq has climbed nearly 10%. The index includes many growth-oriented companies, whose shares remain in favor in the wake of the novel coronavirus pandemic as their businesses have remained largely intact.GRAPHIC: Nasdaq index closes in on record -

Speculators in the futures market have had a dramatic change of heart. Funds have pulled back from one of the biggest short positions in U.S. tech stocks in over a decade, in a near-record buying spree of Nasdaq futures, CFTC data from last week showed.

GRAPHIC: Speculators board the tech train - Read more: Reuters Top News »

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Graphic: Bulls are back in the Nasdaq and options are aflutterInvestors are once again chasing upside in shares of tech companies after a sharp sell-off in U.S. equities last month.

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Graphic: Bulls are back in the Nasdaq and options are aflutterInvestors are once again chasing upside in shares of tech companies after a sharp sell-off in U.S. equities last month.

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