Trader uses puts to bet on pop in CA
Mike Yamamoto | firstname.lastname@example.org
More than 3,700 February 26 puts traded in a strong selling pattern for an average price of $0.87, according to optionMONSTER's tracking systems. The volume was 10 times the strike's open interest of just 377 contracts at the beginning of the day, indicating new activity.
These in-the-money options are betting that CA will close above $26 at expiration on Feb. 15. The put seller is also showing a willingness to buy shares if the stock is below the strike price. (See our Education section)
CA is up 1.96 percent to $25.03 in midday trading, just above its 200-day moving average. The enterprise software company began the year by gapping up from below $22 and has continued to rise since then, breaking above its 100-day moving average last week.
The company beat earnings and revenue forecasts after yesterday's close while reaffirming its 2013 outlook.
Total option volume so far today is 9,641 contracts, already nearly 10 times its full-session average in the last month.