Pessimist Tries Three-Legged Spread On for Size at Apparel Firm Phillips-Van Heusen

PVH – Phillips-Van Heusen Corp. – The apparel company with a portfolio of brands that includes, among others, Calvin Klein and IZOD popped up on our ‘hot by options volume’ market scanner today after one strategist initiated a three-legged bearish transaction in the December contract. PVH’s shares are down 3.95% to arrive at $60.00 with 80 minutes remaining in the trading session. The pessimistic player appears to have partially financed a debit put spread by selling out-of-the-money calls. He sold 1,500 calls at the December $50 strike for a premium of $1.00 each, purchased the same number of puts at the December $60 strike at a premium of $3.50 apiece, and sold 1,500 puts at the lower December $50 strike for premium of $0.80 a-pop. Net premium paid to initiate the transaction amounts to $1.70 per contract. The investor is poised to profit should the price of the underlying shares fall 2.8% from the current price of $60.00 to breach the effective breakeven point to the downside at $58.30 by expiration day. Maximum potential profits of $8.30 per contract are available to the investor if shares plummet 16.7% lower to trade below $50.00 by December expiration. Phillips-Van Heusen Corp. reveals third-quarter earnings after the closing bell on November 18, 2010.

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