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Rocket Companies Is One of the Most Active in the Options Market

Shares in Rocket Companies jumped over 70% today, and that optimism is also reflected in the options market:

RKT stock was one of the most active stocks in the options market yesterday with total volume of over 365,000 contracts. Call option volume outpaced puts by a ratio of 6-to-1. Overall volume was nearly three times higher than normal.

More here. This is particularly striking given that Rocket Companies, while a substantial company, is tiny compared to giants like Apple, Amazon, etc.

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Big Profits And Lots of Short Sellers Could Make Rocket Companies a Winner

Rocket Companies, a mortgage originator, has returned solid profits in 2020’s hot real estate market:

Boosted by the boom in mortgage refinancing activity, the company had $15.7 billion in total revenue, or more than triple its $5.1 billion revenue in 2019.

Its net income, or profit, skyrocketed to $9.4 billion from just under $1 billion the year before. And the company increased its closely watched gain on sale margin by 127 basis points year-over-year to 4.46%.

It’s also the number 2 most popular stock on Reddit’s Wallstreetbets.

And yet, short sellers are betting against the company: 37% of shares are sold short (measured as a percentage of the float). This is comparable to money losing companies like Tanger Factory Outlet Centers.

It’s true that Rocket does face risks from increasing interest rates, but big profits along with a not-outrageous valuation for a high growth company mitigate that. Add in the possibility of a short squeeze and things get interesting.

I prefer a more diversified portfolio, but compared to other Reddit darlings like GameStop, Palantir and Sundial Growers, Rocket looks a lot more attractive.

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