Bears shopping at American Eagle


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Traders may be shopping for a drop in American Eagle Outfitters, which has been trending lower for almost a year.

optionMONSTER's Depth Charge system detected the purchase of some 6,500 August 19 puts, most of which priced for $0.35 to $0.45. Volume was more than twice previous open interest at the strike.

Puts lock in where shares can be sold, giving them a strong inverse correlation to the underlying price. They'll gain in value if the retailer continues to fall, letting investors hedge long positions in the stock or speculate on a selloff. (See our Education section for more on how options can be used to manage trades.)

AEO rose 0.31 percent to $19.26 yesterday but has been posting lower highs and lower lows since September. It's now stalling at its 100-day moving average once again, which be leading some traders to expect a decline in the near term.

Total option volume was 12 times greater than average in the session, according to the Depth Charge. Puts outnumbered calls by a bearish 15-to-1 ratio.

(A version of this post appeared on InsideOptions Pro yesterday.)

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