Call seller takes aim at Silver Standard

By David Russell,

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Someone is using the volatility in Silver Standard Resources to their advantage.

optionMONSTER's tracking programs detected the sale of more than 13,000 December 20 calls in the precious-metals company, most of which priced for $1.35. The largest trades occurred early in the session when the stock was near its highs for the day.

SSRI fell 7.5 percent to $18.12 yesterday and has lost more than one-third of its value in the last three months. Implied volatility is about 60 percent, which makes options worth more.

Shareholders often sell calls under such a situation to earn premium to reduce their cost basis. (See this story for more on while covered calls make sens e in the current market.)

Also, given that SSRI has fallen so sharply since the summer, some investors may doubt that it can rally significantly above $20 in the near term, which also helps explain yesterday's option activity. About 2,900 January 15 calls were also sold for $3.70, following a similar theme.

Overall option volume was 7 times greater than average in the session.

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This article appears in: Investing Options
Referenced Stocks: SSRI

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