BPOP – Popular Inc. – An analyst upgrade to “overweight” for the consumer financier and mortgage lender has sent its shares jumping by almost 7% to $2.79 this morning. The bank has a market capitalization of just $2.8 billion and operates in the southern part of the U.S., Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. About one month ago it appears an investor, possibly a bull on the bank, bought some protection against slippage in the share price by taking on board 10,000 put options at the $2.50 strike price. The trade was possibly made as insurance against a long position on the underlying. Following today’s positive news on the bank, the investor appears to have sold the protection possibly for a loss of up to 25% on the strategy. The trade went through at around 30 cents compared to what appears to be a purchase price of 40 cents in July. Still the shares are up nicely from $2.50 at the time. Some of the loss of premium is also due to a sharp decline in the implied volatility on the options, which has shrunk from 74% to 57% making the loss on the put options actually seem mild.
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