Options Brief: Xilinx (XLNX)

XLNX – Xilinx, Inc. – Shares of the semiconductor development company are down 3% in morning trading to stand at $22.97 as of 10:50 am (ET). Despite the decline in the price of the underlying stock, investors initiated bullish trading strategies in the June contract. It looks like traders shed some 3,335 put options at the June $22 strike to pocket an average premium of $0.65 per contract. Investors keep the full amount of premium received as long as XLNX shares exceed $22.00 through expiration day next month. The overwhelming majority of the 6,185 lots of put open interest at that strike also look to have been sold for roughly half the amount of premium as today’s put sales during Monday’s trading session. Perhaps put sellers do not expect Xilinx shares to slip beneath $22.00 by expiration, or maybe they are more than willing to have shares of the underlying stock put to them at expiration if the puts land in-the-money at that time. XLNX’s shares last dipped below $22.00 back on November 6, 2009, when the stock touched down at $21.81.

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