Option trading activity for Affirm stock is unusually high
View the latest unusual options activity for AFRM stock
Option prices are a good indicator of stock price movements. However, even though options are traditionally thought of as a hedge instrument, due to their high leverage, they are also often used by large institutional buyers to capitalize on large stock movements.
You may not be able to tell from a glance, but not all option trades are created equal. Some carry more information than others - and unusual option trades are that type of trade.
Unusual options activity is a type of trade being bought on the ask or sold on the bid, with unusual volume and/or trade size. This means that these are new contracts being traded, expressing a fresh opinion on the stock.
Why is this interesting?
For example, let's look at a trade of 5,000 calls which had a bid and ask spread of $3.00 by $3.70 respectively, and the order was executed on the ask at $3.70.
What does that tell us?
The trader bought 5,000 call contracts, dropping $1.8M on the trade. Now, if they were patient and waited to fill the order in the middle of the bid and ask spread, say $3.35, they could have saved potentially $175K, but they didn't. To me, that says they have high expectations for this trade, and saving $175K is chump change.
A large purchase of call options carries a signal that there is a likelihood of a large move in the underlying stock.
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