Call Spread Predicts Continued Gains In Store For Gap
Today’s tickers: GPS, TJX & EA
GPS - Gap, Inc. – The operator of retail chains Gap, Banana Republic and Old Navy popped up on our market scanners after a large bullish spread was initiated in the May expiry. Shares in Gap are up 2.15% at $26.70 today on the heels of an upgrade to ‘Above Average’ with a target price of $32.00 at Caris & Co. Gap’s shares rallied sharply in the first quarter – currently up 44.5% since the start of 2012 – and it looks like one trader employed a sizable debit call spread to position for the up-trend to continue in the near term. The trader appears to have purchased 6,500 calls at the May $28 strike for a premium of $0.58 each, and sold the same number of calls up at the May $30 strike at a premium of $0.17 apiece. Net premium paid to initiate the spread amounts to $0.41 per contract, thus positioning the strategist to profit at expiration as long as shares in Gap rally another 6.4% to top the breakeven point at $28.41. Maximum potential profits of $1.59 per contract are available on the trade in the event that shares surge 12.4% to trade above $30.00 at May expiration. The Gap, Inc. is scheduled to report first-quarter earnings after the closing bell on May 17th.
TJX - TJX Companies, Inc. – Shares in the off-price retail chain operator kicked off the trading week in rally-mode, trading up 0.70% at the open to a new record high of $39.99, but reversed earlier gains to stand 0.20% lower on the day as of 11:20 a.m. in New York. The most active options on TJX Companies suggest at least one strategist is positioning for fresh all-time highs in the price of the…