Dismal Quarterly Report Sends COTY Spiraling

COTY is facing a nearly 66% year-to-date deficit

Deputy Editor
Aug 27, 2020 at 10:30 AM
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Cosmetics concern Coty Inc (NYSE:COTY) stepped into the earnings confessional this morning, reporting wider-than-expected fiscal fourth-quarter losses. Revenue also came in below Wall Street's estimates, and the company stated that the quarter and fiscal year alike were heavily impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. As a result, the shares of COTY are down 6.8% to trade at $3.58 this morning.

Today's slide puts Coty stock even closer to its mid-March all-time low of $3.02. Meanwhile, the equity is facing a 65.8% year-to-date-deficit. Furthermore, the equity is facing more pressure from the 40-day moving average -- a trendline that's acted in such a capacity for the better part of a month.   

Still, in the option pits, the equity sports 50-day call/put ratio volumes of 11.06 at the International Securities Exchange (ISE), Cboe Options Exchange (CBOE), and NASDAQ OMX PHLX (PHLX). This ratio ranks in the 74th percentile of their annual readings, meaning the appetite for long calls is slightly larger than usual.

Today's options pits are rather bearish, however, with nearly 2,000 puts crossing the tape in the first hour of trading alone -- 10 times the intraday average and volume pacing in the 99th percentile of its annual range. The most popular option is the weekly 8/28 3.50-strike put, followed by the weekly 9/4 4-strike put.

Options traders should note that COTY's Schaeffer's Volatility Index (SVI) of 97% ranks in the 11th percentile of its annual range. This means that near-term options traders are pricing in relatively low volatility expectations, a boon for premium buyers.

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