How one player is betting on TiVo rally
David Russell | email@example.com
optionMONSTER's tracking systems detected a long-term bullish strategy in the digital video-recording stock on Friday. About 2,400 January 11 calls were bought for $1.35 and an equal number of January 9 puts were sold for $0.98. Volume was more than twice open interest at both strikes, meaning that a new position was opened.
Calls lock in the price investors must pay to own shares, giving them considerable leverage in the event of a rally. Selling puts generates income but also creates the risk of losing money if the shares fall. (See our Education section)
Doing both together reflects a strongly optimistic sentiment toward the stock. It's similar to writing insurance on your own house: You make money on the premium and from appreciation but, if it burns down, you lose money on both.
TIVO rose 1.3 percent to close at $10.15 on Friday but is down about 15 percent in the last three months. If shares hold their current level, it would mark a third higher low since last summer.
The company has been adding new customers thanks to partnerships with major cable and satellite companies such as Virgin Media and DirecTV. Its last three earnings reports beat estimates, though management issued weak guidance after the most recent results. (See researchLAB for more)
Overall option volume was twice the average amount in Friday's session.
(A version of this post appeared on InsideOptions Pro on Friday.)