Will TripAdvisor stay adrift in range?

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One investor apparently thinks that TripAdvisor is going nowhere.

optionMONSTER's tracking systems detected the sale of about 5,500 contracts each in the April 30 puts for $1.25 and the April 35 calls for $0.75. Volume is more than 20 times open interest in both strikes.

The transaction resulted in a credit of $2, which the investor will keep as profit if TRIP closes between $30 and $35 on expiration. Gains will erode outside that range, turning to losses below $28 and above $37.

TRIP is down 2.17 percent to $31.53 in afternoon trading. The travel-advice service was spun off from Expedia in December and ran higher in January, but it gapped lower after a weak earnings report last month and has been staggering ever since.

Given that chart pattern, some investors may expect the stock to consolidate in a range over the intermediate term. Today's trade, known as a short strangle, is designed to exploit such a move. (See our Education section for more on market-neutral strategies that make money from the passage of time rather than a directional move.)

Overall option volume is 11 times greater than average so far today.



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