Today’s tickers: THC, F, TIVO, HIG, LVS, XME, AET & SHW
THC – Tenet Healthcare Corp. – Shares of the provider of health care services surged 9.39% today to $6.29 following the passage of health-care reform legislation through the U.S. House of Representatives. Intriguing bullish options trading transpired on Tenet Healthcare during the current session as investors secured positions that yield profits if the firm’s shares continue to appreciate through expiration in January 2011. One optimistic player enacted a three-leg options combination play by selling short put options to partially finance the purchase of a debit call spread. The investor picked up 10,000 calls at the January 2011 $7.5 strike for a premium of $0.65 apiece, and sold 10,000 calls at the higher January 2011 $10 strike for $0.10 each. Next, the trader shed 10,000 puts at the January 2011 $5.0 strike for $0.55 premium apiece. The investor’s combination play was essentially enacted at zero cost because of the financing provided by the sale of higher-strike calls and out-of-the-money put options. Maximum potential profits of $2.50 per contract are available to the Tenet-bull if shares of the underlying stock jump 59% from the current price to $10.00 by expiration next year. The short position in put options implies the trader is willing to have Tenet’s shares put to him at $5.00 each should the put contracts land in-the-money ahead of expiration day in January. Options implied volatility on the stock slumped 20.9% this afternoon to 46.67% following the passage of the health care bill in the House.
F – Ford Motor Co. – Bullish options activity on the automobile manufacturer picked up as the trading day progressed amid a 4.5% rally in the price of the underlying stock to $13.90. One optimistic individual initiated a bullish risk reversal transaction in the June contract to position for continued upward momentum in the price of Ford’s shares through expiration. The investor sold 5,000 puts at the June $10 strike for a premium of $0.23 per contract in order to partially offset the cost of buying the same number of call options at the higher June $16 strike for $0.44 apiece. The net cost of the reversal play amounts to $0.21 per contract. Thus, the investor responsible for the trade stands ready to accrue profits if Ford’s shares surge 16.60% over the current price to surpass the breakeven point at $16.21 by expiration day in June.
TIVO – TiVo,…