Buckeye puts show downside concern

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Buckeye Technologies is hovering after a big run, and one big holder is apparently worried that it may head lower.

optionMONSTER's Depth Charge tracking system detected the purchase of 1,500 June 25 puts for $1.25 and the sale of an equal number of May 25 puts for $0.35. Volume was below open interest in May but not in June, suggesting that an existing long position was rolled from one contract to the other.

The transaction cost $0.90 and gives the investor an additional month of downside protection in the producer of chemical cellulose, which is used in a wide range of consumer products.

BKI rose 0.04 percent to $25.31 in morning trading. It surged to new record levels in late January after a strong earnings report but has been unable to continue higher since then. More positive results came out on April 26.

Today's put action is probably the work of a shareholder who likes the stock but is nervous that it may drop if the rest of the market heads lower. Chemical and material-related names have been weak recently despite reporting good earnings, which could indicate that investors are done putting capital to work in those industries.

Overall option volume in BKI is 7 times greater than average so far today, with puts outnumbering calls by 50 to 1.



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