Bulls shop at Safeway after spinoff plan
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optionMONSTER's Heat Seeker system shows that 7,606 March 16 calls were bought, led by a single print of 6,400 that went for $1.45. Open interest in the strike was a mere 143 at the beginning of the day, so these were new purchases.
SWY fell 1.03 percent on Friday to close at $16.32. The supermarket chain spiked above $17 on Wednesday after announcing that it would launch an initial public offering for its gift card unit, Blackhawk Network, in the first half of next year. Shares broke above their 50-day average on that news.
If the March 16 calls are held until expiration, the stock would need to be above $17.45 for the options to be profitable. Premiums on those contracts could increase anytime before then if the shares rise, allowing traders to sell the long calls with gains sooner, but the options will expire worthless if no rally occurs. (See our Education section)
Overall option volume in the name totaled 10,752, well above its daily average of 3,737. Calls outpaced puts by 6 to 1, a reflection of the session's bullish bias.
(A version of this post appeared on InsideOptions Pro on Friday.)