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One interesting put contract in particular, is the January 2015 put at the $10 strike, which has a bid at the time of this writing of 70 cents. Collecting that bid as the premium represents a 7% return against the $10 commitment, or a 5.4% annualized rate of return (at Stock Options Channel we call this the YieldBoost). Click here to find out the Top YieldBoost Puts of the S&P 500 Selling a put does not give an investor access to BZHs upside potential the way owning shares would, because the put seller only ends up owning shares in the scenario where the contract is exercised. And the person on the other side of the contract would only benefit from exercising at the $10 strike if doing so produced a better outcome than selling at the going market price. ( Do options carry counterparty risk? This and six other common options myths debunked ). So unless Beazer Homes USA, Inc. sees its shares fall 45% and the contract is exercised (resulting in a cost basis of $9.30 per share before broker commissions, subtracting the 70 cents from $10), the only upside to the put seller is from collecting that premium for the 5.4% annualized rate of return. Below is a chart showing the trailing twelve month trading history for Beazer Homes USA, Inc., and highlighting in green where the $10 strike is located relative to that history: The chart above, and the stocks historical volatility, can be a helpful guide in combination with fundamental analysis to judge whether selling the January 2015 put at the $10 strike for the 5.4% annualized rate of return represents good reward for the risks. We calculate the trailing twelve month volatility for Beazer Homes USA, Inc. (considering the last 250 trading day closing values as well as todays price of $18.13) to be 47%. For other put options contract ideas at the various different available expirations, visit the BZH Stock Options page of StockOptionsChannel.com.

USA Truck disappointed takeover bid made public

use the photographs against them.” When he admitted what he’d done, Abrahams said he had 30 to 40 “slave computers” — or other people’s electronic devices he controlled — and has had as many as 150 total, according to the complaint. Investigators also linked him to at least eight other young women, some of them, like Wolf, from Southern California. Others were from as far away as Moldova. Rutgers Freshman’s Suicide Shows Risks of Webcams Wolf said she became aware of the hack after she got a Facebook alert that someone had tried to change her password. She then noticed other social media accounts were not “acting the same.” The pageant contestant, now attending school in New York, replied to a couple of e-mails that day in March. “I asked him, ‘Please don’t do this to me.'” Authorities advised her not to have further contact. The FBI used evidence from her computer and iPhone to build its case, Wolf said. “It took them two to three months to figure out who this was.” Wolf told CNN said has been on a “roller coaster of emotions.” “It’s kind of hard to explain my emotions about him. One one hand I am upset. … how he traumatized me,” she said. “I feel, on the other hand, sorry for him. He went to high school with me.” Wolf says she is now on a campaign to raise awareness about the risks that technology can expose users to. She has spoken to students about steps they can take. “It can happen to them because they are growing up in a generation where technology is so advanced.” “Be careful what you are doing on your computer,” she advised.

(AP) — USA Truck is disappointed Knight Transportation made public its unsolicited takeover offer of about $94.5 million and says the company is being misleading in its version of events. On Thursday, Knight Transportation Inc. disclosed it had offered $9 per share for rival trucking company USA Truck Inc. Knight Transportation put the deal’s total value at about $242 million, including approximately $147 million in USA Truck outstanding debt. Knight Transportation claimed that USA Truck had not been interested in a deal and that it would consider “modestly” raising its offer if it finds more value in USA Truck during a due diligence process. Knight Transportation also announced that it has already purchased about 8 percent of USA Truck’s outstanding stock. In its response, USA Truck said its board previously reviewed Knight Transportation’s offer and unanimously determined that it undervalues the company and is not in its shareholders’ best interests. USA Truck said it had offered to meet with Knight Transportation to talk about why it considered the bid inadequate, but that Knight Transportation turned down the offer to meet. USA Truck said Knight Transportation also said it saw no point in having further talks about a possible transaction at that time. USA Truck said that it is still open to all strategic options, including further talks with Knight Transportation. But the company added that it still feels that moving forward with its strategic plan provides superior value to its shareholders. Knight Transportation is based in Phoenix, while USA Truck is based in Van Buren, Ark.