Stocks To Watch: Groupon, Molycorp, Whole Foods...

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 |  Includes: GPRK, GRPN, ITRI, MCPIQ, WFM
by: SA Stocks To Watch

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GeoPark (NYSE:GPRK) - short - Don Dion

  • August 6 marks the end of the 180 day lockup period for GPRK.
  • On Wednesday, major pre-IPO shareholders, including asset management, private equity firms, and GPRK executives and directors, are allowed to sell their 26.1 million shares.
  • Given this potential supply shock, GPRK's price could temporarily decline.
  • Further details here.

Groupon (NASDAQ:GRPN) - long - Pat Stout

  • Reported earnings that fell short of expectations
  • After-hours reaction was negative.
  • Trading near recent lows, a modest rebound is expected.

Itron (NASDAQ:ITRI) - short - Pat Stout

  • Reported earnings that beat expectations.
  • There was no after-hours reaction.
  • Expect a modest bounce from the recent weakness.

Molycorp, Inc. (MCP) - Straddles - Shock Exchange

  • Molycorp is set to announce Q2 earnings Wednesday after-hours.
  • With $236MM in cash and Q1 cash burn of $78 million, Molycorp is cash-strapped.
  • Cash burn > $50MM could be seen as negative, and stock may sell off.
  • News of asset sales or bootstrap deal could cause short squeeze.
  • Straddles with August 16 or August 22 calls at strike of $2.50 and puts at strike of $1.50 may pay off.

Whole Foods (NASDAQ:WFM) - long - Pat Stout

  • Rumored interest by Mr. Icahn.
  • Broke above SMA20 $37.50, making run for SMA50 at $42.47.
  • Increase in volume.