January 10, 2012 at 14:24 PM EST
WebMD Options In Play As Shares Nosedive
  Today’s tickers: WBMD, AMAT & BRCD WBMD  - WebMD Health Corp. –  Shares in the health information services provider dropped like a rock, falling 32.0% to as low as $25.01 on Tuesday, on news talks to potentially sell the company have ended, net income is expected to be lower in 2012, and the CEO of the company has resigned. The steep pullback in the price of the underlying saw heavier-than-usual activity in WebMD calls and puts, with intraday volume rising to 14,800 in early-afternoon trade against overall open interest of 29,100 positions. Though some strategists engaged in bearish put buying in the name, it appears much of the action was initiated by investors gearing up for a potential rebound in the stock. Roughly 1.6 call options changed hands on WebMD for each single put option in play thus far in the session. Calls are most active at the Jan. $30 strike where more than 2,200 contracts traded against open interest of just 4 positions. Earlier this morning, with shares hovering around $26.00, investors paid an average of $0.35 per contract for the right to buy the stock at $30.00 by January expiration. The modest intraday recovery since then has lifted premium to buy the calls up to $0.50 as of 1:40 PM in New York. Traders long the calls at an average of $0.35 each may profit at expiration if shares in WBMD surge 13.25% over the current price of $26.80 to exceed the average breakeven point at $30.35. Meanwhile, put buyers in the front month at the $22.5 and $25 strikes may see the value of their options rise if shares take another hit ahead of expiration next week. AMAT  - Applied Materials, Inc. –  A large trade in Applied Materials…

 

Today’s tickers: WBMD, AMAT & BRCD

WBMD - WebMD Health Corp. – Shares in the health information services provider dropped like a rock, falling 32.0% to as low as $25.01 on Tuesday, on news talks to potentially sell the company have ended, net income is expected to be lower in 2012, and the CEO of the company has resigned. The steep pullback in the price of the underlying saw heavier-than-usual activity in WebMD calls and puts, with intraday volume rising to 14,800 in early-afternoon trade against overall open interest of 29,100 positions. Though some strategists engaged in bearish put buying in the name, it appears much of the action was initiated by investors gearing up for a potential rebound in the stock. Roughly 1.6 call options changed hands on WebMD for each single put option in play thus far in the session. Calls are most active at the Jan. $30 strike where more than 2,200 contracts traded against open interest of just 4 positions. Earlier this morning, with shares hovering around $26.00, investors paid an average of $0.35 per contract for the right to buy the stock at $30.00 by January expiration. The modest intraday recovery since then has lifted premium to buy the calls up to $0.50 as of 1:40 PM in New York. Traders long the calls at an average of $0.35 each may profit at expiration if shares in WBMD surge 13.25% over the current price of $26.80 to exceed the average breakeven point at $30.35. Meanwhile, put buyers in the front month at the $22.5 and $25 strikes may see the value of their options rise if shares take another hit ahead of expiration next week.

AMAT - Applied Materials, Inc. – A large trade in Applied Materials…
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