Volatility play in American Capital
Chris McKhann | [email protected]
optionMONSTER Depth Charge system shows that a trader bought 10,000 August 12 puts for the ask price $0.22. There was no previous open interest at that strike, so this is a new position.
Less than 2 minutes later a block of 100,000 shares traded for $16.06. So the overall strategy is apparently a delta-neutral play that is looking for higher volatility than that implied by the option price. (See our Education section)
ACAS is up 2.53 percent to $16.19 in midday trading, its highest level since hitting a 52-week high of $16.28 a month ago. The private-equity firm dipped as low as $14 after releasing earnings results two weeks ago.
More than 21,000 ACAS options have traded so far today, 5 times its daily average for the last month.