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Nancy Pelosi's husband just snapped up $2.6 million of Apple and Microsoft stock, closing out an options bet that the shares would soar

Nancy Pelosi and her husband Paul Pelosi.
United States Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi and her husband Paul Pelosi, attend a Holy Mass for the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul lead by Pope Francis in St. Peter's Basilica in June.Stefano Costantino/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images
  • Nancy Pelosi's husband exercised roughly $2.6 million worth of Apple and Microsoft stock options this month.

  • Paul Pelosi bought 5,000 shares of both Apple and Microsoft stocks on June 15, exercising 50 call options.

  • Nancy Pelosi has repeatedly said her husband's investments have nothing to do with her political knowledge.

Nancy Pelosi's husband exercised roughly $2.6 million worth of Apple and Microsoft stock options this month, according to a regulatory disclosure Thursday.

The transactions on the filing, marked with "SP" for spouse, indicate that Paul Pelosi bought 5,000 shares of both Apple and Microsoft stocks on June 15, exercising 50 call options purchased on May 24, 2022, with a listed expiration date of June 16.

The Apple options had a strike price of $80, and the Microsoft options had a strike price of $180. On Friday, those shares closed at $186.68 and $335.02, respectively, totalling about $933,000 and $1.7 million.

Since the options were purchased last May, Apple shares have gained 33%, and Microsoft has climbed 29%. The upside from the strike price is even higher, at 131% and 83%, respectively.

First highlighted by Quiver Quantitative and Unusual Whales, the disclosure comes after Congress failed to make progress on new legislation around lawmakers and their relatives trading stocks.

Earlier this year, Insider and several other news organizations identified 78 members of Congress who didn't properly report their financial trades as mandated by the Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge Act of 2012, also known as the STOCK Act.

Congress passed the law a decade ago to combat insider trading and conflicts of interest. But many lawmakers have not fully complied with reporting requirements, leading to calls for a complete ban on trading individual stocks among members of Congress.

Legislation on such a ban advanced last year, but the bill ultimately died.

Meanwhile, Paul Pelosi has faced backlash over stock trades that seem to coincide with legislation in the technology sector.

For example, in July 2021, he pocketed a $4.8 million gain in a Alphabet stock trade the week before the House Judiciary Committee advanced bipartisan antitrust bills targeting Google, Apple, and Amazon.

However, Nancy Pelosi has said repeatedly that her financier husband's trades have nothing to do with her political knowledge.

OpenSecrets estimated that Pelosi has a net worth of $114.6 million.

Read the original article on Business Insider

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