For the second day in a row, traders are hammering the upside in
optionMONSTER's monitoring programs detected the sale of more than
20,000 December 77.50 calls, most of which priced for $0.80. Volume
was more than 250 times open interest at the strike, indicating
that new positions were initiated.
The investor is now on the hook to unload more than 2 million
shares in the IT consultancy for $77.50 if they're above that level
on expiration. He or she is probably long the name and has sold the
contracts as part of a
. (See our
It reflects a belief that ACN will struggle to climb above $77.50,
not far from the $78 area where it peaked in September before
proceeding to make a lower low this month. The trader probably
views that price as resistance and would be willing to exit around
ACN is up fractionally to $73.69 in morning trading. While the
stock hit an all-time high earlier this year, it's down 8 percent
since mid-June and guidance has been weak during the last two
Total option volume is 9 times greater than average in the session.
also saw a short position in the calls rolled forward as an
investor looked for a range-bound trading well into next year.
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