Put Traders Blast Dick's Sporting Good Stock After Earnings

The equity has managed a 18% rise in 2020

Assistant Editor
Nov 24, 2020 at 10:21 AM
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This morning, sporting goods retailer Dick's Sporting Goods (NYSE:DKS) reported third-quarter earnings and revenue that exceeded Wall Street's estimates, with the former nearly doubling the consensus estimate. If that wasn't enough, same store sales increased by 23.2%, which was also well above analysts' forecasts. Separately, it was announced that Lauren Hobart, the company's current president, will succeed Ed Stack on Feb. 1, 2021 as Dick's new CEO.

Despite the positive news, DKS was last seen down 1% to trade at $58.99. While the shares have taken a breather from their Oct. 16 all-time high of $63.29, their 80-day moving average has stepped up as support. Year-to-date, Dick's Sporting Goods stock is up 18%.

In the options pits, calls have been extremely popular over the last 10 weeks. This is per Dick's stock's 50-day call/put volume ratio of 4.07 at the International Securities Exchange (ISE), Cboe Options Exchange (CBOE), and NASDAQ OMX PHLX (PHLX). This ratio sits higher than 95% of readings from the past 12 months, meaning there's a  healthier-than-usual appetite for long calls of late. 

Today's options pits are singing a different tune, however. In just the first hour of trading, over 5,300 puts have crossed the tape -- 13 times the average intraday amount, with volume running in the 100th percentile of its annual range. Leading the charge is the December 50 put, followed by the weekly 11/27 58-put.

While shorts are beginning to hit the exits, with short interest down 2.5% in the last reporting period, these bears are still in control. The 14.15 million shares sold short represent 22.6% the stock's available float, and would take almost six days to cover at its average daily pace of trading. 

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