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Options On Cree, Inc. Light Up Ahead Of Earnings After The Close

 

Today’s tickers: CREE, AKS & SHLD

CREE - Cree, Inc. – U.S. stocks are in rally mode today as better-than-expected economic data out of China seemed to trump concerns following the myriad of downgrades of euro-zone states announced by Standard & Poor’s at the end of last week. Shares in Cree, Inc., which reports second-quarter earnings after the bell this afternoon, joined in on the broad market rally, rising 3.5% to $23.70 by 1:00 PM in New York. A sizable put spread established in the February expiry this morning may at first glance appear to be a bearish bet on the name. However, the purchase of stock tied to the options play suggests one strategist is cautiously optimism on the maker of LED lighting products ahead of earnings. It looks like the trader purchased approximately 123,293 shares of the underlying at $23.5279, and purchased a 5,900-lot Feb. $18/$22 put spread for a net premium of $0.99 per contract. The combination of long stock and debit put spread positions the trader to make money on the upside if shares in Cree continue to rally, while also providing downside protection in the event of a pullback through February expiration.

AKS - AK Steel Holding Corp. – Shares in the steel producer are up 2.0% at $9.29 this morning, one week before the Company is scheduled to reveal its performance in the fourth quarter. AK Steel was cut to ‘Hold’ from ‘Buy’ with a revised target share price of $10.00 from $13.00 at Deutsche Bank today. Put volume on the stock jumped after one strategist initiated a sizable one-by-two ratio spread in the March expiry. The trade may represent an outright bearish look at the stock by an investor expecting limited declines in the shares…
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Options Trader Eyes New Highs in Shares of Teck Resources, Ltd.

Today’s tickers: TCK, BSX, WPRT & AKS

TCK - Teck Resources, Ltd. – Options traders flocked to Teck Resources today as shares in the Canadian natural resources company rallied on reports that China’s Minmetals Resources, Ltd., extended a C$6.3 billion hostile takeover bid for Canada’s Equinox Minerals. Teck Resources also received an upgrade to ‘Top Pick’ with a 12-month target share price of $69.00 at Cormark Securities, helping shares in the Vancouver, BC-based company rise as much as 7.7% to secure an intraday high of $57.24. Near-term call options have been active throughout the first half of the trading day. Roughly 4.2 calls are changing hands on the stock for each single put option in action. Longer-dated options caught our eye after bullish player initiated a call spread in the August contract. It looks like the investor purchased 3,000 calls at the August $70 strike for a premium of $1.52 each, and sold the same number of calls up at the August $80 strike at a premium of $0.45 apiece. Net premium paid to establish the spread amounts to $1.07 per contract. Thus, the trader profits in the event that Teck’s shares jump 24.2% over today’s high of $47.24 to surpass the effective breakeven price of $71.07 by expiration day in August. Maximum potential profits of $8.93 per contract pad the investor’s wallet should shares in the natural resources company soar 39.8% higher in the next five months to surpass $80.00 by expiration. Shares in TCK reached their all-time high of $65.37 on January 12, 2011.

BSX - Boston Scientific Corp. – By the looks of trading patterns in Boston Scientific Corp. options today, investor appetite for puts on the medical devices maker has yet to be sated. Near-term puts were popular at the end of last week, and the contracts…
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Massive Delta Neutral Position Signals Bearishness at Jacobs Engineering Group

 Today’s tickers: JEC, GLW, TM & AKS

JEC - Jacobs Engineering Group, Inc. – The third-largest listed U.S. engineering company popped up on our scanners today after one option strategist initiated a big delta neutral position using a large number of long-dated, in-the-money put options tied to more than 1 million shares of the underlying stock. Shares in Jacobs Engineering Group increased as much as 7.3% during the first half of the session to secure a new 2-year high of $53.10. JEC reported weaker-than-expected first-quarter results before the market opened on Tuesday, but increased earnings guidance for the full year. A spate of target share price increases and ratings upgrades from a number of analysts helped shares in Jacobs Engineering higher today. The investor responsible for nearly all of the volume in options traded on JEC today seems to be taking a contrarian view on the stock, positioning for bearish movement in the price of the underlying, while not entirely standing in the way of the rally or bullish sentiment. The trader appears to have shelled out a total of $67.127 million ($11 million for the puts, $56.127 million for the stock) to purchase 1,060,000 shares of the underlying at $52.95 each, and 20,000 in-the-money put options at the July $55 strike for a premium of $5.50 apiece on a 0.53 delta. The position may work in the investor’s favor if shares move sufficiently higher or if shares fall, however, the potential for the greatest gains lies to the downside because the value of the puts will grow much more quickly and offset any losses incurred on the decline in share price. Shares in JEC are soaring at their highest in two years but this put player is prepared to make out handsomely if the good times should come to an end.

GLW - Corning Inc. – Bullish options traders are dominating the scene at Corning this morning with shares in the glass maker now extending gains realized after the firm’s earnings report on Tuesday. Corning’s…
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Investors Feed on Darden Restaurants Call and Put Options Ahead of Earnings

 Today’s tickers: DRI, AKS, GRA & GMXR

DRI - Darden Restaurants, Inc. – Options strategists are feasting on near-term call and put options on the operator of eateries such as Red Lobster and Olive Garden ahead of the firm’s second-quarter earnings report, which is scheduled for release before the market opens on Tuesday. Shares in Darden Restaurants rallied as much as 1.6% during the session to touch an intraday high of $50.67. The impending earnings announcement as well as increased demand for options on the stock lifted Darden’s overall reading of options implied volatility 12.0% to 33.20% as of 12:40pm in New York. Investors expecting shares to shatter the current 52-week high of $50.83 by January 2011 expiration scooped up in-the-money call options. It looks like bulls purchased roughly 2,000 now in-the-money calls at the January 2011 $50 strike for an average premium of $1.92 per contract. Call buyers are prepared to profit should shares in Darden Restaurants jump 2.5% over today’s high of $50.67 to surpass the average breakeven price on the calls at $51.92 by January expiration day. Meanwhile, traders wary that shares of the underlying stock may slip following earnings picked up roughly 1,800 puts at the same January 2011 $50 strike for an average premium of $1.76 each. Put buyers at this strike are poised to profit in the event that the restaurant operator’s shares decline 4.8% to trade below the effective breakeven point on the downside at $48.24 by expiration next month.

AKS - AK Steel Holding Corp. – Options activity on the steel producer today suggests one strategist expects shares in AK Steel Holding Corp. to remain range-bound over the next six months to June 2011 expiration. AK Steel’s shares fell as much as 3.4% during the first half of the trading session to touch down at an intraday low of $15.72. The steel maker’s shares rallied sharply at the end of last week, rising 14.3% from Wednesday’s closing price of $14.42 to Friday’s high of $16.48. But, the sale…
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Options Player Puts the Strangle-Hold on Cablevision Systems Corp.

 Today’s tickers: CVC, OSTK, AKS, SLB, MON, NDAQ & WGO

CVC - Cablevision Systems Corp. – A short strangle implemented on the cable operator during afternoon trading indicates one strategist expects shares in Cablevision Systems Corp. to remain range-bound through June 2011 expiration. Cablevision’s shares rose earlier in the day, but are down 0.35% to arrive at $34.57 as of 3:40pm in New York. It appears the strangle-player sold 20,000 calls at the June 2011 $38 strike at a premium of $1.25 each, and sold the same number of puts at the lower June 2011 $29 strike for a premium of $0.85 apiece. Gross premium pocketed by the investor amounts to $2.10 per contract. The trader keeps the full amount of premium received on the transaction as long as shares in CVC trade within the confines of the strike prices described through expiration day next year. Short stances taken in both call and put options expose the trader to losses in the event that CVC’s shares soar 16.0% higher to trade above the upper breakeven point at $40.10, or should shares plunge 22.2% lower to breach the lower breakeven price of $26.90 ahead of June expiration.

OSTK - Overstock.com, Inc. – The online retailer’s shares are up more than 4.4% in the final minutes of the trading session to stand at $17.22. Overstock.com made its way onto our scanners late in the trading day due to bullish activity in the front month. Investors expecting shares to continue to rally ahead of expiration day tomorrow purchased more than 1,500 calls at the December $17.5 strike for an average premium of $0.23 each. Call buyers profit if OSTK’s shares rally another 3.0% to surpass the average breakeven price of $17.73 by expiration. Options implied volatility on Overstock.com is up 12.5% at 54.96% as of 3:45pm.…
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Near-Term Bears Pummel DGIT, While Bullish Player Foresees Long-Term Recovery

Today’s tickers: DGIT, LTD, EWJ, ETN, AKS, ACLI & AMR

DGIT – DG FastChannel, Inc. – The provider of digital technology services that facilitate electronic delivery of advertisements, syndicated programs and video news releases to various media outlets suffered a 38.5% decline in the value of its shares to an intraday- and new 52-week low of $15.10 today. DGIT’s shares hemorrhaged after the firm revealed that third-quarter revenue will not exceed $53 million, which is substantially less than the average analyst forecast of $61.5 million in sales for the quarter. Investors expecting DG FastChannel’s shares to remain bruised and battered through September expiration sold 1,300 calls at the September $17.5 strike to pocket an average premium of $0.96 apiece. Call sellers keep the premium received on the transaction as long as DGIT’s shares fail to rally above $17.50 by expiration next month. The company is scheduled to report third-quarter earnings ahead of the opening bell of November 4, 2010. In contrast to the near-term bearish trading on the stock today was a covered call enacted in the March 2011 contract by an investor who appears to be positioning for a lengthy recovery period. It looks like the investor sold 2,000 calls at the March 2011 $17.5 strike for premium of $3.30 per contract and purchased 200,000 shares of the underlying stock at $16.60 apiece. The sale of the call options effective reduces the price paid per share to $13.30 each. Thus, the investor is prepared to walk away with maximum gains of 31.6% on the underlying position as long as the calls land in-the-money and the shares are called from him at $17.50 at that time.

LTD – Limited Brands, Inc. – Investors picked up put options on the specialty retailer of women’s apparel, beauty and personal care products, and accessories right out of the gate this morning with the price of the underlying stock slipping as much as 3.00% to an intraday low of $24.20. Limited Brands’ put options are in demand ahead of the firm’s August sales report on Thursday morning, and after July reports showed that personal income rose less than anticipated. Bears expecting LTD’s shares to continue to decline ahead of September expiration purchased approximately 1,900 in-the-money puts at the September $25 strike for an average premium of $1.11 apiece. Put buyers are poised to profit – or realize downside protection should they hold long positions…
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Strangle Strategist Tightens Grip on JPMorgan

Today’s tickers: JPM, TIVO, RHT, UTX, CSCO, CI, BA, XRX, DIS, AKS & M

JPM – JPMorgan Chase & Co. – A long strangle enacted on JPMorgan today indicates one investor is expecting the firm to experience a significant shift in the price of its shares by June expiration. The investment banking and financial services giant realized a 1% rally in share price during the current session to $41.94. The investor initiated the strangle strategy by purchasing 9,000 calls at the June $46 strike for a premium of $1.06 apiece and by picking up 9,000 puts at the June $36 strike for $0.96 each. The net cost of the transaction amounts to $2.02 per contract. Strangle-players benefit from drastic moves in share price, but lose out if the value of the stock stagnates. In this specific trade, the investor profits if JPM’s shares rally above the upper breakeven price of $48.02 by expiration, or if shares trade below the lower breakeven point at $33.98, by June expiration. The trader is looking for increased volatility in the price of the underlying shares, but also may benefit from higher options implied volatility. Moves higher in options implied volatility corresponds with greater option premium on both calls and puts. Thus, the investor could potentially sell the strangle at a profit ahead of expiration day if combined premium on the trade exceeds the $2.02 per contract paid today. We note that JPM’s shares have not exceeded $47.47 in the past year, but did trade as low as $14.96 back on March 6, 2009.

TIVO – TiVo, Inc. – Shares of the innovator of digital-video recording services surged as much as 61.30% to an intraday high of $16.42, the highest price recorded for TiVo’s shares in at least five years. TiVo was named the victor today after a U.S. appeals court ruled that Dish Network Corp. and EchoStar Corp. are “still infringing its patent and should stop providing digital-video recording services.” Options traders had a field day with the news and exchanged upwards of 275,300 contracts on the stock by 3:10 pm (ET). Today’s options trading volume on TiVo represents just under 80% of the total existing open interest on the stock of 348,203 contracts. Investors populated the stock with a plethora of trading strategies. Some traders banked profits on the rally, while others employed the use of strangles. Plain-vanilla call buying and put selling…
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