Option Activity Alert: FIS, AXL

FIS – Fidelity National Information Services – A three-legged options combination play on the global provider of banking and payments technology solutions, processing services and information-based services, indicates one strategist is long-term bullish on Fidelity National Information Services. Shares in FIS are currently up 0.20% to stand at $28.55 in the final 20 minutes of the session. The transaction positions the investor to attain maximum possible profits in the position if FIS shares break well above the current 52-week high of $30.78 on the stock. The options player sold 1,105 puts at the January 2012 $22.5 strike for an average premium of $1.03 each in order to offset the cost of buying the same number of January 2012 $30 strike calls at an average premium of $2.23 apiece, marked against the sale of 1,105 calls at the higher January 2012 $32.5 strike for an average premium of $1.05 a-pop. Net premium paid to initiate the three-legged spread amounts to $0.15 per contract. Thus, the options trader stands ready to make money should FIS shares surge 5.6% over the current price of $28.55 to exceed the average breakeven point to the upside at $30.15 ahead of expiration day next January. Maximum potential profits of $2.35 per contract are available to the trader should shares in Fidelity National Information Services jump 13.8% to trade above $32.50 before the contracts expire in 2012.

AXL – American Axle & Manufacturing Holdings, Inc. – Shares of the auto parts manufacturer shot up as much as 9.0% this afternoon to secure an intraday high of $15.25 by 3:40pm in New York trading on unconfirmed takeover chatter. Rumors that Magna International Inc. may place a $23 to $25 cash bid for AXL spurred a rally in the price of the American Axle’s shares and drove speculators to options in the name. Additionally, analysts at JPMorgan Chase & Co. reportedly rated AXL at ‘overweight’ and said shares could move into the upper-teens in the next 12-24 months. Near-term call options are far and away the most popular make and model changing hands on the stock today. Investors exchanged more than 3,500 now in-the-money calls at the January $15 strike versus previously existing open interest of 755 at that strike. It looks like more than half of these calls were purchased at an average premium of $0.36 apiece. Bullish sentiment spread to the higher January $16 strike where another 1,050 calls were picked up for an average premium of $0.13 per contract. Call buyers at this strike are prepared to make money should shares in American Axle rally another 5.8% over the current price of $15.25 to surpass the average breakeven point on the upside at $16.13 by January expiration. Notable call buying also took place at the February $16 and $17 strikes this afternoon. Options implied volatility on the auto parts maker is up 9.5% at 51.71% in the final 30 minutes of the trading session.

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Andrew Wilkinson is the senior market analyst at Interactive Brokers Group, where he provides daily commentary and analysis on U.S. equity options trading throughout the trading day. Andrew provides webinars designed to explain option-related trading scenarios covering futures, fixed income, forex and equities.

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