Traders Construct Bullish Positions On Lowe’s, Ratio Call Spreads On REITs
Today’s tickers: LOW, GGP & AVB LOW  - LOW – Lowe’s Companies, Inc. –  Home improvement retailer, Lowe’s Companies, has been on a tear during the past six months, with the price of the shares up 63.0% since October. The stock currently trades flat on the day at $30.24 after earlier rallying to a four-year high of $30.60 at the open. A burst of call buying on LOW this morning suggests at least one strategist expects the price of the underlying to extend gains in the near term. Most of the day’s volume in Lowe’s Cos. options changed hands at the April $32 strike, where more than 11,000 calls traded against open interest of 730 contracts. It looks like the majority of the calls were purchased for an average premium of $0.32 per contract this morning. Call buyers make money at expiration next month as long as LOW’s shares rally another 6.9% to exceed the average breakeven price of $32.32. GGP  - General Growth Properties, Inc. –  Options activity on shopping mall REIT, General Growth Properties, Inc., as well as activity in AvalonBay Communities, Inc., a REIT that owns and operates multifamily communities, suggests one or more traders are positioning for shares in these names to increase during the next six months. Shares in GGP, one of the largest shopping mall REITs, may rally to fresh 52-week highs in the next six months, according to a sizable ratio call spread initiated in the first 30 minutes of the session. The stock surrendered earlier modest gains to trade 0.65% lower on the day at $16.76 as of 11:15 a.m. in New York. Shares are up 10.0% year-to-date. It looks like one trader initiated a ratio call spread, buying 3,000 calls at the Oct. $16 strike and selling 6,000 calls up…

Today’s tickers: LOW, GGP & AVB

LOW - LOW – Lowe’s Companies, Inc. – Home improvement retailer, Lowe’s Companies, has been on a tear during the past six months, with the price of the shares up 63.0% since October. The stock currently trades flat on the day at $30.24 after earlier rallying to a four-year high of $30.60 at the open. A burst of call buying on LOW this morning suggests at least one strategist expects the price of the underlying to extend gains in the near term. Most of the day’s volume in Lowe’s Cos. options changed hands at the April $32 strike, where more than 11,000 calls traded against open interest of 730 contracts. It looks like the majority of the calls were purchased for an average premium of $0.32 per contract this morning. Call buyers make money at expiration next month as long as LOW’s shares rally another 6.9% to exceed the average breakeven price of $32.32.

GGP - General Growth Properties, Inc. – Options activity on shopping mall REIT, General Growth Properties, Inc., as well as activity in AvalonBay Communities, Inc., a REIT that owns and operates multifamily communities, suggests one or more traders are positioning for shares in these names to increase during the next six months. Shares in GGP, one of the largest shopping mall REITs, may rally to fresh 52-week highs in the next six months, according to a sizable ratio call spread initiated in the first 30 minutes of the session. The stock surrendered earlier modest gains to trade 0.65% lower on the day at $16.76 as of 11:15 a.m. in New York. Shares are up 10.0% year-to-date. It looks like one trader initiated a ratio call spread, buying 3,000 calls at the Oct. $16 strike and selling 6,000 calls up…
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