Traders Construct Cisco Risk Reversals
Today’s tickers: CSCO, TJX & INSP
CSCO - Cisco Systems, Inc. – Large risk reversals are dominating the options-landscape on Cisco Systems this morning, helping to drive volume above 540,000 contracts by midday in New York. The maker of networking equipment is the most active single-stock as measured by options volume today following the Company’s third-quarter earnings report after the close Wednesday. Shares are getting crushed, down 10.3% at $16.84 at present, after Cisco forecast lower-than-expected earnings and revenue for the fourth quarter. Risk reversals in the October expiry pay off if shares in CSCO exceed $16.00 through expiration. One large block of 51,000 Oct. $16 puts sold for a premium of $0.77 apiece against the purchase of the same number of Oct. $19 calls at a premium of $0.54 each, yields a net credit of $0.23 per contract. The strategist responsible for the trade keeps the premium if the puts expire worthless at expiration. Additional profits are available on the positions should shares in the name rally 12.8% to top $19.00 during the next five months.
TJX - TJX Companies, Inc. – A sizable put spread on high-flying off-price retail chain operator, TJX Companies, appears to be a near-term bullish bet on the stock. Shares in TJX, up 1.4% at $41.86 this afternoon, have rallied more than 60.0% since this time last year. The sale of a 10,164-lot June $35/$40 put spread results in a net credit of $0.61 per contract, which the trader keeps as long as shares in TJX exceed $40.00 through June expiration. Though a limited risk strategy, the spread could still result in substantial losses of up to $4.39 per contract in the event that TJX shares drop 16.4% to trade below $35.00 at expiration next month. Losses start to amass on the…