PetSmart draws downside position
David Russell | [email protected]
optionMONSTER's Depth Charge tracking program detected the purchase of some 2,000 June 67.50 puts, most of which priced for $2.05. Volume was more than 8 times previous open interest at the strike.
The investor has locked in the right to sell shares for $67.50 in the next 2-1/2 months no matter how far they might fall during that period. He or she may be looking to protect a long position against a drop or simply speculating on a decline in the share price. (See our Education section)
PETM rose 0.46 percent to $68.26 near midday trading. Shares appreciated more than 400 percent between late 2008 and August 2012 and have been drifting in a range since.
The pet-products retailer gapped lower on March 7 after issuing weak guidance and now appears to be making a lower high. That could be leading some chart watchers to believe that it's rolling over after that multi-year run.
Total option volume is almost quadruple the daily average, with puts outnumbering calls by a bearish 16 to 1.