Trader is playing for time in TripAdvisor

By David Russell,

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One investor wants to turn time into money with TripAdvisor.

optionMONSTER's tracking systems detected the sale of about 3,600 March 30 puts for $0.25. Volume was almost triple the open interest in the strike.

The trader is now obligated to buy shares of the travel-information service for $31 if they fall to that level over the next 1-1/2 weeks. If they don't, the puts will expire worthless and he or she will keep the credit.

Selling puts is a common strategy when investors like a stock but don't want to spend money to get long. It mainly profits from time decay , the process by which options lose money at an accelerating pace as they near the end of their lifecycle. (See our Education section)

TRIP fell 1.11 percent to $31.07 yesterday and has fluctuated between $26 and $36 since getting spun off from Expedia in December.

Overall option volume in the name was twice the daily average in the session.

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This article appears in: Investing Options
Referenced Stocks: TRIP

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