MRVL – Marvell Technology Group Ltd. – Bullish and bearish options trading strategies were initiated on the semiconductor maker this afternoon with shares of the underlying stock up more than 1.6% at $19.25 as of 2:40 pm (ET). Optimists purchased call options in the June and July contracts to position for continued appreciation in Marvell’s share price. Investors picked up approximately 2,500 now in-the-money calls at the June $19 strike for an average premium of $0.34 apiece. Call buyers at this strike price are positioned to make money if MRVL shares rally above the average breakeven price of $19.34 by expiration on Friday. Buying interest spread to the higher July $20 strike where 1,100 call options were coveted at an average premium of $0.52 per contract. Investors long the calls profit only if shares of the underlying stock jump 6.6% to surpass the average breakeven price of $20.52 by July expiration. In contrast to the plain-vanilla call buying action, one cautious individual purchased a debit put spread, which yields maximum benefit to the responsible party if Marvell’s shares cool off ahead of expiration next month. The put player purchased 5,000 lots at the July $19 strike for a premium of $0.86 apiece, and sold the same number of puts at the lower July $18 strike for a premium of $0.46 each. The net cost of the spread amounts to $0.40 per contract. Thus, the trader is prepared to amass maximum potential profits of $0.60 per contract should shares of the semiconductor company decline 6.5% from the current price of $19.25 to trade at or below $18.00 by expiration day in July.
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