At least one volatility trader bet on a big move in Darden
Restaurants ahead of its earnings report yesterday after the bell.
optionMONSTER's tracking systems detected the purchase of about
4,000 January 50 puts for $1.70 to $2 and some 4,500 January 50
calls for $1.95 to $2. Volume was more than twice open interest in
The trades were scattered throughout the session, but many appear
to be straddles, where investors buy calls and puts at the same
strike. The strategy hopes for a pop or a drop so that one of the
two options will make money.
The drawback of buying straddles is cost: The move higher or lower
must be big enough to cover the expense of both contracts. (See our
The case of DRI may prove disappointing because fiscal
second-quarter results matched forecasts, and management reaffirmed
its full-year forecasts. The stock fell about 4 percent to $48.44
in extended trading after the news came out.
The straddle cost no less than $3.65 to implement, so DRI will have
to make a bigger move--more than 7 percent--for the trade to turn a
DRI gained 1.08 percent to $50.43 in the regular session, near an
all-time high of $50.83. Overall option volume in the name was
about 44 times greater than average.
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