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GameStop Option Bets | S&P Too Top Heavy? | Nvidia Passes Apple | Upcoming Banking Problems from Mortgages?

By Derek Moore

Show Summary:

Derek Moore and Jay Pestrichelli, CEO of ZEGA Financial look at some that seem like crazy options trades in GameStop. Plus, examining Nvidia passing Apple as the second largest stock in the S&P 500, and can it pass Microsoft for #1? They also talk about whether it’s a problem the top 4 stocks in the S&P 500 make up such a large percentage of the weighting and comparing it to the last time it was this high. Later they take some listener questions including whether the data shows cracks in the regional banks due to mortgage delinquencies, what happened in the unemployment report, and more.

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Topics Include:

  • Unemployment reaches 4%
  • Top 4 companies in the S&P 500 Index highest since the 1960’s
  • Comparing the contribution to returns S&P 500 Index top 496 vs the top 3 and Nvidia
  • Residential mortgage delinquencies and effect on regional banks
  • FDIC quarterly data on the health of banks
  • Nvidia passes Apple for #2 as its market cap exceeds Apples but will Microsoft be next?
  • 1964 vs 2024 top 4 company weighting in the S&P 500 Index
  • Now the top 4 companies today are a lot more diverse business
  • GameStop options trading
  • Looking at the 128 calls open interest, volume and probabilities next 2 weekly expirations
  • Volatility in the GameStop option chain

Mentioned in this Episode

Mortgage Bankers Association data on residential mortgage delinquencies 

Delinquency rates on commercial real estate loans from FRED 

CNBC piece on potential cracks in the banking system 

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Previous Week’s Podcast:

Crazy VIX Bets Due to Election? | Market Reversal | Home Ownership Affordability Today | Shiller PE

 Jay Pestrichelli’s book Buy and Hedge 

 Derek’s new book on public speaking Effortless Public Speaking 

 Derek Moore’s book Broken Pie Chart 

Contact Derek derek.moore@zegafinancial.com