February 13, 2012 at 16:33 PM EST
Bear Put Spreads Take Shape In NetApp Ahead Of Earnings
  Today’s tickers: NTAP, LYV & SGEN NTAP  - NetApp, Inc. –  Options on the supplier of enterprise storage and data management software and hardware products and services are among the most active by volume today. Bearish positions are accumulating in the front month, with debit put spreads comprising the majority of overall options volume in the name. Shares in NetApp are currently down 1.1% to stand at $39.25 as of 1:20 p.m. ET, three days ahead of the Company’s third-quarter earnings report after the close on Thursday. The stock was cut to ‘hold’ from ‘buy’ with a share price target of $42.00 down from $54.00 at ThinkEquity today. It looks like one or more investors purchased the Feb. $34/$39 put spread roughly 9,000 times for an average premium of $1.85 per contract. Traders harnessing the strategy may be hedging long positions in the underlying shares or, alternatively, establishing outright bearish stances on the stock in the expectation that shares will pullback following earnings. Profits are available on the spread if shares in NetApp drop 5.35% to trade below the average breakeven price of $37.15. Put-spreaders could walk away with maximum potential profits of $3.15 per contract should NTAP’s shares plunge 13.4% to settle below $34.00 at expiration. LYV  - Live Nation Entertainment, Inc. –  Put options on the live entertainment and eCommerce Company are more active than usual today, with more than 10 put contracts changing hands in the first half of the session for each single call option in play. Shares in the operator of Ticketmaster.com are up 0.90% at $10.82 just before 12:00 p.m. in New York. Traders may be snapping up put options on Live Nation Entertainment ahead of the Company’s fourth-quarter earnings report next Thursday after the close. The April $10 strike saw the…

 

Today’s tickers: NTAP, LYV & SGEN

NTAP - NetApp, Inc. – Options on the supplier of enterprise storage and data management software and hardware products and services are among the most active by volume today. Bearish positions are accumulating in the front month, with debit put spreads comprising the majority of overall options volume in the name. Shares in NetApp are currently down 1.1% to stand at $39.25 as of 1:20 p.m. ET, three days ahead of the Company’s third-quarter earnings report after the close on Thursday. The stock was cut to ‘hold’ from ‘buy’ with a share price target of $42.00 down from $54.00 at ThinkEquity today. It looks like one or more investors purchased the Feb. $34/$39 put spread roughly 9,000 times for an average premium of $1.85 per contract. Traders harnessing the strategy may be hedging long positions in the underlying shares or, alternatively, establishing outright bearish stances on the stock in the expectation that shares will pullback following earnings. Profits are available on the spread if shares in NetApp drop 5.35% to trade below the average breakeven price of $37.15. Put-spreaders could walk away with maximum potential profits of $3.15 per contract should NTAP’s shares plunge 13.4% to settle below $34.00 at expiration.

LYV - Live Nation Entertainment, Inc. – Put options on the live entertainment and eCommerce Company are more active than usual today, with more than 10 put contracts changing hands in the first half of the session for each single call option in play. Shares in the operator of Ticketmaster.com are up 0.90% at $10.82 just before 12:00 p.m. in New York. Traders may be snapping up put options on Live Nation Entertainment ahead of the Company’s fourth-quarter earnings report next Thursday after the close. The April $10 strike saw the…
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