Supervalu bull shops for a bounce

By David Russell,

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Supervalu has fallen to its lowest level since January, and now one big investor is looking for a rebound.

optionMONSTER's tracking programs detected sale of 4,500 June 12.50 puts on the supermarket chain, most of which priced for $0.40. At the same time, a matching number of June 15 calls was purchased for about $0.14. Volume was more than five times open interest in both strikes, and the transaction generated a credit of $0.26.

SVU Chart SVU rose 2.88 percent to $13.23 on Friday but is down 18 percent in the last month. The shares have been plunging since April 20 when management issued a weak full-year forecast and said improvement will be a "long-term process."

Despite the drop, the debt-laden company has returned to a level where its stock gapped higher early in the year. If it holds, it would mark the fourth higher low since SVU traded below $10 in November 2008. Some chart watchers may consider that evidence of a bottoming process.

Friday's option trade, known as a bullish combination, is a relatively low-risk attempt to profit from a rebound in the stock. The investor can only lose money if SVU falls below $12.50 by expiration and stands to make unlimited profits if it climbs above $15. Between the two prices, they simply keep the $0.26 credit.

The next scheduled event that could serve as a potential catalyst for Supervalu is an appearance at the Citi Food & Drug Retail Conference on May 25 at 9:30 a.m. ET.

The trade pushed total options volume in SVU to seven times greater than average.

(Chart courtesy of tradeMONSTER)

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This article appears in: Investing Options
Referenced Stocks: SVU

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