The housing space has been showing signs of weakness, and bears
are circling building supplier Masco.
optionMONSTER's Depth Charge monitoring system detected the
purchase of about 4,000 January 17 puts for $0.66 and the sale of a
similar number of January 14 puts for $0.11. That translates into a
cost of $0.55.
The investor is apparently opening a new
bearish put spread
, setting himself or herself up to collect $3 if MAS plunges to $14
or lower by early next year. Based on their entry price, they'd
earn roughly 440 percent from that move. (See our
section for more on how to leverage price swings with options.)
MAS is down 0.86 percent to $19.66 in afternoon trading, bucking a
gain of more than 1 percent in the broader market. The maker of
Bristan faucets and Behr paint has lagged along with other
housing-related stocks in the last month as rising interest rates
sap enthusiasm for real estate.
analysis tool shows that the
has been struggling since mid-2013 despite strong financials, with
investors apparently anticipating that conditions will worsen this
earnings season. MAS is one of the first to report, scheduled for
after the closing bell on Oct. 28.
near $23 in May and September, which could make some chart watchers
think it's ready to tank.
Overall option volume is 6 times greater than average so far in the
session, according to the Depth Charge. Puts outnumber calls by a
bearish 25-to-1 ratio.
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