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Options Fly at Fortune Brands, Inc.

Today’s tickers: FO, XLK, KFN & SLE

FO - Fortune Brands, Inc. – The holding company for firms engaged in the manufacture, production and sale of distilled spirits, home and hardware products and golf products popped up on our scanners in the first half of the trading session after one strategist initiated a sizeable stock and option combination play. Fortune Brands’ shares rallied as much as 2.10% to hit an intraday- and new 52-week high of $62.44 on news the firm’s Board of Directors approved in principle a plan that would ultimately result in the firm focusing exclusively on the distilled spirits business. The options trader populating Fortune Brands today appears to have purchased 500,000 shares of the underlying stock at a price of $61.30 as part of a buy-write or covered call strategy. The investor sold 5,000 in-the-money calls at the January 2011 $60 strike to receive premium of $3.10 apiece. Finally, the investor also purchased downside protection in the form of 5,000 puts at the lower January 2011 $55 strike at a premium of $0.65 a-pop. Buying up the put options cuts in to premium received on the sale of the calls, leaving the investor a net credit of $2.45 per contract. The rich premium pocketed by the investor effectively reduces the price paid to get long the stock from $61.30 to $58.85 a share. Thus, the buy-write strategist stands prepared to accumulate maximum potential gains of 1.95% if the shares are called away from him ahead of January expiration. The puts protect the value of the underlying in the event that shares in Fortune Brands slip lower by expiration day next month. But, if FO’s shares slide under $60.00 and the calls expire worthless at expiration, the investor may choose to hold onto the underlying position in order to capitalize on a potential rally that may be in store for FO in 2011.…
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Long-Term Bullish Strategies Detected in Gamestop Corp. Options

 Today’s tickers: GME, CHE, PENN, JPM, MED, SLE & WYNN

GME - Gamestop Corp. – Bullish options strategies were initiated on the video game retailer today despite the 0.70% dip in the price of the underlying shares to $19.86. One long-term optimistic individual employed the use of a three-legged combination, selling puts to buy a call spread, in order to prepare for a rebound in Gamestop’s shares by April expiration. The investor purchased 3,000 calls at the April 2011 $20 strike for a premium of $2.13 each, sold 3,000 calls at the higher April 2011 $24 strike for premium of $0.72 apiece, and shed 3,000 puts at the April 2011 $16 strike at a premium of $0.81 a-pop. Net premium paid to initiate the spread amounts to $0.60 per contract. Thus, the trader is poised to profit should GME’s shares rally above the effective breakeven price of $20.60 by April expiration day. Maximum available profits of $3.40 per contract are safe in the investor’s wallet if the video game seller’s shares jump 20.85% over the current price of $19.86 to exceed $24.00 by expiration. Finally, a 3,000-lot October $20/$24 strike call spread traded around the same time as the three-legged transaction. Open interest in the near-term calls is sufficient to cover today’s volume. The investor responsible for the October contract activity may be rolling the spread up to the April contract and adding the short puts to provide additional financing on the bullish stance.

CHE - Chemed Corp. – Shares of the provider of hospice care as well as various consumer services such as plumbing and sewer cleaning via its Roto-Rooter segment slipped 2.00% to $55.34 as of 3:40 pm ET. Investors with a near-term bearish view on the stock appear to have sold 2,000 calls outright at the November $60 strike to pocket premium of $0.55 per contract. Call sellers keep the full premium received on the trade as long as Chemed’s shares fail to rally above $60.00 by expiration day next month. Investors could…
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Werner Enterprises Sees Bearish Activity

Today’s tickers: WERN, MDVN, GT, XRX, SLE, AMGN, ESI, EBAY, FFIV & SLE

WERN – Werner Enterprises, Inc. – The truckload freight services firm edged onto our ‘hot by options volume’ market scanner due to bearish trading in the June contract. Shares of WERN slipped 0.5% lower this afternoon to $20.22. One investor initiated a ratio put spread by purchasing 6,000 put options at the June 20 strike for 2.25 apiece, and by simultaneously selling 12,000 puts at the lower June 17.5 strike for 1.10 each. The net cost of the trade is reduced to just one nickel per contract. The trader is probably aiming to protect the value of a long position in shares of WERN through expiration. Downside protection will kick in if shares decline more than 27 cents from the current price given the effective breakeven point on the trade at $19.95.

MDVN – Medivation, Inc. – Long-term bearish activity in the June 2010 contract suggests one investor may be bulking up on downside protection in case shares of biopharmaceutical company, Medivation, Inc., continue to decline. The stock is currently trading less than 0.5% lower to stand at $26.51. A put spread was established through the purchase of 10,000 puts at the June 22.5 strike for 7.80 apiece, marked against the sale of 10,000 puts at the lower June 12.5 strike for 1.87 each. The net cost of the pessimistic play amounts to 5.93 per contract. The spread was most likely initiated by an investor holding a long position in the underlying shares. Putting on the protective stance shields the investor from losses beneath the breakeven point at $16.57. However, if the trader is in fact long the stock, he will suffer a 38% decline in the value of MDVN before downside protection kicks in at the breakeven price described. An alternate scenario is that the investor does not hold a long position in MDVN. If this is the case, the trader is uber-bearish and expects to garner profits from significant declines in Medivation through expiration in June.

GT – The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. – Option traders populated the November contract on GT with bullish plays this afternoon. Shares added more than 2.5% during the session to arrive at the current price of $17.83. Some investors targeted the now in-the-money November 17.5 strike to purchase 3,800 calls for an average premium of one dollar apiece.…
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Sara Lee Tempts Call Buyers

Today’s tickers: SLE, TPX, ODP, AUY & BAC

SLE - Cake baker, Sara Lee, attracted bullish investors to the January contract this morning amid a 3% rally in the price of shares to $10.40. Traders thirsting for a rally in SLE by the start of 2010 purchased more than 8,000 calls at the January 12.5 strike for an average premium of 21 cents apiece. Investors holding the calls are now positioned to accumulate profits if shares of Sara Lee surge 22% higher to breach the breakeven price of $12.71 by expiration. We note that SLE has not traded higher than $12.71 since October 6, 2008. – Sara Lee Corp. –

TPX - The manufacturer of luxurious mattresses experienced a 1% decline in shares to $18.04 today despite having received an upgrade to ‘outperform’ from ‘neutral’ and a 12-month price target of $23.00 at Wedbush Morgan Securities. Investors employed two different strategies using options in the October contract. One tactic observed was a bullish risk reversal. The trader shed 1,000 puts at the October 17.5 strike for an average premium of 97 cents in order to partially finance the purchase of 1,000 in-the-money calls at the same strike for 1.85 apiece. The net cost of the reversal amounts to 88 cents per contract. The bullish trader stands ready to breakeven on the transaction if shares can breach the breakeven point at $18.38 by expiration next month. Another investor targeted the same strike to implement a short straddle. This individual sold 2,000 puts for 75 cents each and 2,000 calls for 1.80 per contract at the October 17.5 strike to pocket a gross premium of 2.55. The short straddle indicates that the trader expects shares of TPX to settle at $17.50 by October expiration. If the stock moves 54 cents lower to $17.50, the investor will keep the entire 2.55 premium received on the sale. Otherwise, greater volatility in the price of TPX could result in losses if shares shift outside of the breakeven point to the upside at $20.05, or beneath the breakeven to the downside at $14.95. – Tempur-Pedic International, Inc. –

ODP - Shares of the global supplier of office products slumped 8% lower at the start of the session to $5.86. The stock recovered somewhat by 11:30 am (EDT) with shares down 4% to $6.12. Some investors braced for continued declines in ODP by initiating put spreads in the October…
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