Retail Stock Sees Options Surge After Post-Earnings Pop

FIVE's 80-day moving average is keeping a tight lid on the shares today

Deputy Editor
Jun 4, 2021 at 10:45 AM
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The shares of Five Below Inc (NASDAQ:FIVE) are up 3.6% to trade at $184.55 at last check, earlier up as high as $191.26. The positive price action comes after the department store name reported first-quarter profits of 88 cents per share -- higher than the anticipated 65 cents -- as well as revenue in line with estimates. The company also provided an upbeat second-quarter forecast, resulting in no fewer than five analysts upping their price targets in response. The highest adjustment was from Jefferies to $300 from $260. 

On the charts, the 80-day moving average seems to be keeping a close lid on breakout today. A trendline of support since May 2020 that guided the stock to its March 18 record high of $205.28, the trendline recently flipped into pressure this past May. Year-over-year, the equity is up 74.2%.

Meanwhile, Five Below options are flying off the shelves today, relative to their usual activity, with options volume running at 13 times what's typically seen at this point. So far, 6,958 calls and 3,054 puts have crossed the tape. The weekly 6/11 190-strike call is the most popular, where new positions are being opened. 

Lastly, it's also worth noting that short interest makes up 5.8% of the stock's available float. In other words, it would take over four days to buy back these bearish bets at FIVE's average pace of trading. 


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