$SPWR option bears book fast gains

$SPWR option bears book fast gains


Option traders have scored fast gains in downside bets on SunPower Corporation (SPWR).

On Oct. 23Market Rebellion’s Unusual Option Activity Service found that 3,400 Weekly $5 puts, expiring Oct. 27, were bought for $0.17 to $0.20 with shares at $5.14. This was clearly fresh buying, as open interest in the contract was just 314 before the activity appeared.

Those puts have traded for as much as $1.12 this session, a 460% return, while the stock fell 23.93% in the same time frame, illustrating the kind of leverage that can be achieved quickly with options.

Long puts lock in the price where a stock can be sold no matter how far it might drop, gaining value in a selloff with the potential for significant leverage. The contracts can be purchased either as an outright bearish bet or a hedge on a long-stock position.

SPWR settled the session at $4.06, down 18.15% for the day.

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