Starwood Hotels & Resorts is back to resistance, and one
investor is locking in gains.
optionMONSTER's Depth Charge monitoring system detected the
purchase of 6,000 November 57.50 puts for $2.15 and the sale of an
equal number of November 67.50 calls for $0.56. A block of 6,000
November 50 puts was also sold for $0.58, but volume was below open
interest in those.
It appears the investor owns shares in the Connecticut-based
hotelier and previously owned the 50 puts as protection. Now that
the stock has climbed, he or she exited them and paid a net $1.01
to implement the new strategy. The trader now has the right to sell
the shares for $57.50 if they fall below that level and must
relinquish them for $67.50 if they climb above that price.
HOT fell 1.17 percent to $59.78 yesterday but is up 11 percent
since the start of August. The shares are now back around the same
$60 area where they have peaked several times in the last 1-1/2
years, which could be leading some chart watchers to believe that
they will hit resistance once again.
Yesterday's option activity was noteworthy because the investor
switched from a simple protective strategy in just the puts to a
collar trade, which includes the short calls. That generated extra
income to lower the cost. See our Education Section to learn more
Overall option volume in the name was more than 5 times greater
than average in the session, according to the Depth Charge.
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