Options Brief: Genworth Financial (GNW)

GNW – Genworth Financial Corp. – One options investor utilized a total of 60,000 put options on Genworth Financial Corp. in the first half of the trading day perhaps to reduce the cost of locking in the 3.30% rebound in the insurance company’s shares to $15.41. It looks like the put player sold 40,000 puts at the September $10 strike for an average premium of $0.445 apiece in order to purchase 20,000 near-term put options at the June $15 strike for an average premium of $0.77 each. The transaction yields a net credit of $0.12 per contract to the investor, who keeps the full credit received as long as GNW’s share price exceeds $10.00 through September expiration. The short sale of the September $10 strike puts suggests the trader does not expect Genworth’s shares to plummet 35% in the next several months to expiration. However, the long stance in June $15 strike puts indicates perhaps the price of shares of the underlying stock may contract in the near-term, ahead of June expiration. The long put position provides downside protection in case Genworth’s shares slip beneath $15.00 ahead of expiration day.

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