What's behind put activity in Fortinet


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Sellers have pounded Fortinet in the last month, and sentiment toward the name remains wary.

optionMONSTER's tracking systems detected the purchase of about 4,000 June 21 puts for approximately $1.05. A matching number of June 23 puts were sold at the same time for $2, but volume was below previous open interest in the strike.

This suggests that an existing position in the 23s was closed and rolled down by $2. The investor collected a credit of about $0.95 in the process and can still profit from further downside in the software company, whose products are used to secure network traffic.

FTNT rose 2.76 percent to $23.06 yesterday but has lost 15 percent of its value in the last month. The company's results have mostly been strong in recent quarters as bookings grow. (See researchLAB for more)

Yesterday's put roll was probably the work of an investor who owns shares and is using the puts as protection . Rolling the position allowed them to recover some of their capital while keeping them hedged against further drops.

Overall option volume was 15 times greater than average in the session, with put outnumbering calls by 2 to 1.

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This article appears in: Investing Options
Referenced Stocks: FTNT

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