Stillwater Mining fell earlier in the month, and the bears are
preparing for more potential pain on the horizon.
optionMONSTER's Depth Charge monitoring system detected the
purchase of 5,000 December 10 puts for $0.84 and the sale of 10,000
December 9 puts for $0.40. There was barely any open interest at
either strike before the transaction appeared, indicating that
these are new positions.
The trade cost $0.04 and will earn profit of 2,400 percent if the
platinum stock closes at $9 on expiration. Gains erode below that
level and turn to losses under $8. It's known as a
because twice as many contracts were sold as the number bought.
Shareholders often use the strategy to
hedge long positions
against a limited drop. They like this trade because it can
generate significant leverage if shares decline, while also
programming a buy order at the lower strike because of the larger
position in the
. (See our
SWC rose 0.39 percent to $10.19 yesterday but is down 14 percent so
far this month. Most of that drop occurred on Oct. 11, when
management announced that it would dilute shareholders by issuing
$300 million of convertible bonds. The stock has been consolidating
below its 200-day moving average since, which could be leading some
chart watchers to expect further downside.
Overall option volume was 5 times greater than average in the
session, according to the Depth Charge. Puts outnumbered calls by a
bearish 13-to-1 ratio.
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