January 17, 2012 at 13:55 PM EST
Options On Cree, Inc. Light Up Ahead Of Earnings After The Close
  Today’s tickers: CREE, AKS & SHLD CREE  - Cree, Inc. –  U.S. stocks are in rally mode today as better-than-expected economic data out of China seemed to trump concerns following the myriad of downgrades of euro-zone states announced by Standard & Poor’s at the end of last week. Shares in Cree, Inc., which reports second-quarter earnings after the bell this afternoon, joined in on the broad market rally, rising 3.5% to $23.70 by 1:00 PM in New York. A sizable put spread established in the February expiry this morning may at first glance appear to be a bearish bet on the name. However, the purchase of stock tied to the options play suggests one strategist is cautiously optimism on the maker of LED lighting products ahead of earnings. It looks like the trader purchased approximately 123,293 shares of the underlying at $23.5279, and purchased a 5,900-lot Feb. $18/$22 put spread for a net premium of $0.99 per contract. The combination of long stock and debit put spread positions the trader to make money on the upside if shares in Cree continue to rally, while also providing downside protection in the event of a pullback through February expiration. AKS  - AK Steel Holding Corp. –  Shares in the steel producer are up 2.0% at $9.29 this morning, one week before the Company is scheduled to reveal its performance in the fourth quarter. AK Steel was cut to ‘Hold’ from ‘Buy’ with a revised target share price of $10.00 from $13.00 at Deutsche Bank today. Put volume on the stock jumped after one strategist initiated a sizable one-by-two ratio spread in the March expiry. The trade may represent an outright bearish look at the stock by an investor expecting limited declines in the shares…

 

Today’s tickers: CREE, AKS & SHLD

CREE - Cree, Inc. – U.S. stocks are in rally mode today as better-than-expected economic data out of China seemed to trump concerns following the myriad of downgrades of euro-zone states announced by Standard & Poor’s at the end of last week. Shares in Cree, Inc., which reports second-quarter earnings after the bell this afternoon, joined in on the broad market rally, rising 3.5% to $23.70 by 1:00 PM in New York. A sizable put spread established in the February expiry this morning may at first glance appear to be a bearish bet on the name. However, the purchase of stock tied to the options play suggests one strategist is cautiously optimism on the maker of LED lighting products ahead of earnings. It looks like the trader purchased approximately 123,293 shares of the underlying at $23.5279, and purchased a 5,900-lot Feb. $18/$22 put spread for a net premium of $0.99 per contract. The combination of long stock and debit put spread positions the trader to make money on the upside if shares in Cree continue to rally, while also providing downside protection in the event of a pullback through February expiration.

AKS - AK Steel Holding Corp. – Shares in the steel producer are up 2.0% at $9.29 this morning, one week before the Company is scheduled to reveal its performance in the fourth quarter. AK Steel was cut to ‘Hold’ from ‘Buy’ with a revised target share price of $10.00 from $13.00 at Deutsche Bank today. Put volume on the stock jumped after one strategist initiated a sizable one-by-two ratio spread in the March expiry. The trade may represent an outright bearish look at the stock by an investor expecting limited declines in the shares…
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