VirnetX Stock Booms on Big Apple Payout

VHC has broken out above its 200-day trendline

by Karee Venema

Published on Apr 11, 2018 at 9:59 AM
Updated on Apr 11, 2018 at 10:03 AM

Shares of VirnetX Holding Corporation (NYSEAMERICAN:VHC) have jumped 17.3% to trade at $4.75, after the security technology firm was awarded $502.6 million in damages after a federal jury in Texas found Apple (AAPL) guilty of patent infringement. Today's pop has VHC stock trading at its highest level since mid-November, and breaking free from its 200-day trendline -- a former layer of support that had served as a stiff layer of resistance over the past five months.

vhc stock daily chart april 11

Options traders have been eyeing this technical ceiling in recent weeks. Over the past 10 days, the stock's April 4 and 5 calls saw the biggest increases in open interest, and data from the major options exchanges confirms the lower-strike calls were bought, while the higher-strike ones were sold. This suggests the front-month options were being used to initiate long call spreads.

Outside of the options arena, sentiment toward the tech stock is distinctly bearish. More than 12.3 million VHC shares are sold short, representing 24.6% of the security's available float. What's more, it would take shorts nearly 50 sessions to cover these bets, at the average pace of trading -- though this number is likely lower amid today's high-volume trading, with some of these traders helping to fuel this morning's fire.

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