Community Health has been bloodied in its takeover battle with
Tenet Healthcare, but now the bulls are looking for a rebound.
optionMONSTER's Heat Seeker tracking system detected the purchase
of 4,000 September 32 calls for $3.30 and 2,500 September 38 calls
for $1.16. A block of 3,000 September 25 puts was sold at the same
time for $1.37. Volume was more than 6 times open interest in all
The trade ended up costing $1.2 million and will simulate owning
shares in the hospital stock, and it will profit rapidly from a
move higher. The investor also faces the risk of losses beyond
their initial outlay, but only if shares fall below $25.
CYH dell 1.91 percent to $30.75 in morning trading and has lost 21
percent of its value in the last month. Most of that drop occurred
on April 11, when THC accused the company of overcharging Medicare
and insurance providers. The allegations appeared to be an effort
to stymie CYH's attempted hostile takeover of THC.
The larger company has denied the charges and said it will defend
its name. Last night it reported earnings that were slightly better
than analysts had expected, though revenue missed forecasts as
admissions fell at hospitals open for at least a year.
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