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Bears pursue NetEase to downside

NetEase is breaking lower today, and the bears are in hot pursuit.

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optionMONSTER's Depth Charge tracking system detected the purchase of about 3,700 May 33 puts against open interest of 1,299 contracts. A first group of trades priced for $1.10 to $1.40, followed by a second block for $1.90 after the shares had fallen.

NTES fell 3.1 percent to $32.22 in afternoon trading and is down 9 percent in the last month. The Chinese Internet company has been punished by weak sentiment in the emerging-market and technology sectors, despite reporting strong earnings on Feb. 25. Its next release is scheduled for May 19.

Today's trades are noteworthy because the investor used in-the-money contracts, which allowed them to profit more immediately from incremental declines in the share price. The strategy is similar to a transaction on Longtop Financial Technologies in March and reflects a belief that downside in the stock will be limited.

Some 2,000 May 32 puts were also bought on NTES, mostly for $1.05 and $1.35, according to the Depth Charge.

Overall options volume in the company is more than 4 times the daily average level. Puts account for 96 percent of the activity.

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