Finisar bulls look for dead-cat bounce
Chris McKhann | email@example.com
optionMONSTER's tracking programs detected the purchase of more than 9,000 May 15 calls against previous open interest of just 64 contracts. Larger institution-sized blocks were snapped up in the course of a couple of minutes, with premiums going from $0.45 up to $0.55.
Those long calls lock in the price for shares in the company, which provides optical subsystems and components for networking technology. If they rally quickly, the options could provide major leverage to the move. But if the stock falls or moves sideways, the calls will probably expire worthless. (See our Education section)
FNSR fell 4.08 percent yesterday to close at $14.58, returning to levels last seen in August. The stock was above $23 as recently as late February but has been dropping steadily since then, and it last closed above its 10-day moving average at the beginning of April.
In trader parlance, this call buyer is apparently trying to "catch a falling knife." Not always the easiest trade, but the trader seems to believe that there's sufficient reason to be bullish.
Calls outnumbered puts by more than 10 to 1 in the stock, a reflection of the session's upside bias.
(A version of this post appeared on InsideOptions Pro yesterday.)