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Bearish Options Active On Molycorp As Shares Nosedive

 

Today’s tickers: MCP, IACI & LNKD

MCP - Molycorp, Inc. – Shares in rare earth metals mining company, Molycorp, Inc., are reeling Thursday morning after the Greenwood Village, Colorado-based company missed its 2012 production target and lowered its 2013 revenue and cash estimates. The stock is currently down 24% on the day to stand at $8.20 as of 11:00 a.m. ET. Analysts at JPMorgan cut their price target on the stock to $5.00 from $8.00 today. Options traders positioning for shares to weaken further by the end of this week initiated bearish plays in weekly put contracts. Put volume is on the rise at the Jan 11 ’13 $9.0, $8.5 and $8.0 striking prices this morning. Traders appear to have purchased around 1,100 in-the-money puts at the $9.0 strike, and another 2,350 lots at the $8.5 strike in the early going. The $8.0 strike puts have traded upwards of 2,200 times thus far today versus zero previously opened positions, with the bulk of the contracts purchased for an average premium of $0.13 apiece. Traders long the Jan. 11 ’13 $8.0 strike puts stand ready to profit at expiration this week should Molycorp’s shares decline another 4% from the current price of $8.20 to breach the average breakeven point at $7.87. MCP shares, down more than 70% since January 2012, last traded below $7.87 on November 23rd.

IACI - InterActiveCorp – Options activity on media and Internet company, InterActiveCorp, this morning indicates one trader is preparing for shares in the name to potentially decline in the near term, perhaps following the company’s fourth-quarter earnings report in February. Shares in the operator of online dating websites, match.com and okcupid, are down more than 3% today at $43.99 as of 11:15 a.m. in New York. The single-largest transaction in IACI options this morning was the purchase of 1,500-lot Feb. $40/$45 put spread for a net premium of $1.55 each. The bearish spread makes money if shares in InterActiveCorp slip 1.2% from the current level to trade below the breakeven price of $43.45. Maximum potential profits of $3.45 are available…
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Options Fly Following Juniper Networks Disappointment

    Today’s tickers: JNPR, IACI, KMX & NWL

JNPR - Juniper Networks, Inc. – Investors are initiating diverse options strategies on the largest maker of Internet networking equipment today in the aftermath of an earnings miss that sent shares in Juniper Networks down more than 20.0% to a new 52-week low of $24.72. It looks like some traders are bracing for shares to extend losses, while other investors position for the stock to rebound. Meanwhile, investors holding previously established bullish and bearish positions on the stock may be throwing in the towel or taking profits off the table given the nosedive in the price of the underlying today. Call and put options on JNPR are by far the most active in the front month. Traders hoping to see shares recover are buying to open positions in out-of-the-money calls, with notable fresh interest building in the August $26 strike call. The closest to-the-money August $25 strike call chances hands more than 5,400 times by 1:30 pm ET, but trading traffic here is decidedly mixed as both sellers and buyers of the contracts made their mark. Calls at the August $28 strike are the most heavily traded, with upwards of 6,600 contracts having changed hands against open interest of 1,377 positions. Sellers of these options for an average premium of $0.18 a-pop cast doubt that Juniper’s shares will recover above $28.00 ahead of August expiration in a few weeks time. Open interest is substantial in deep out-of-the-money calls, which lost nearly all of their value overnight and today trade for a penny or two post-earnings. Near-term puts are active, as well. Buyers of the August $25 strike put paid an average premium of $1.12 each for some 1,500 contracts. Put buyers profit if shares in JNPR extend losses to trade beneath the lower breakeven price of $23.88 by expiration day next month. Finally, the heaviest put action up at the August $26 and $27 strikes may be the work of an investor taking profits on well-placed pre-earnings bearish positions.…
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Western Digital in the Hot Seat

Today’s tickers: WDC, XLF, EEM, RRI, MYL, XHB, ROK, IACI, & XME

WDC – The manufacturer of hard disk drives has enjoyed a 3% rally today to stand at $31.31. Near-term bullish bets were initiated by option traders expecting further gains in the stock. It appears that some investors established call spreads on WDC by purchasing 14,000 calls at the now in-the-money August 31 strike price for an average premium of 1.77 each, and simultaneously selling 14,000 calls at the higher August 35 strike for about 37 cents per contract. The net cost of the spreads amount to approximately 1.40 apiece. Call-spreaders will begin to realize profits on today’s transaction if WDC can climb 3.5% higher to the breakeven point at $32.40. Maximum profits of 2.60 would be attained by investors if the stock increases to $35.00 by expiration. Finally, plain-vanilla call buying was observed at the August 32 strike where some 3,200 calls were coveted for an average premium of 1.12 per contract. We note that the volume of more than 45,433 contracts seen on WDC today represents 45% of the total existing open interest on the stock of 101,598 lots. – Western Digital Corp.

XLF – The financials ETF has climbed 1.5% higher to $12.61. Notable bullish action was observed at the December 13 strike price this afternoon where it seems some 35,000 calls were purchased for an average premium of 93 cents per contract. Shares of the XLF would need to rally 10% higher and surpass the breakeven point at $13.93 in order for traders to begin to amass profits by expiration at the conclusion of 2009. – Financial Select Sector SPDR

EEM – A mess of deep in-the-money put purchases were initiated on the emerging markets fund today amid a 0.5% increase in the price of the underlying shares to $35.60. The greatest volume was seen at the March 2010 38 strike price where about 7,400 puts were picked up for 5.70 apiece. The March 40 strike appears to have had 2,700 puts purchased for 7.00 each while the higher March 41 strike had 1,200 puts bought for 7.71 per contract. Put-buying continued at the March 42 strike price with 1,600 lots lifted for a premium 8.46 each. The higher March 43 strike had 2,300 puts purchased for 9.22 apiece while the March 44 strike had 1,000 puts coveted for a whopping 10.01 per contract.
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