Options Traders Take a Shot at NVAX Following Vaccine Update

Today's options pits are showing a flurry of activity

Deputy Editor
Jun 14, 2021 at 10:21 AM
facebook twitter linkedin


Novavax, Inc. (NASDAQ:NVAX) stepped into the spotlight today, after a late-stage trial showed its Covid-19 to be 90% effective overall, with 100% protection against moderate and severe disease. In addition, the drugmaker's vaccine candidate was 93% effective against leading variants of the virus. As Novavax looks to become the fourth strong Covid-19 vaccine in the U.S., the shares are responding in turn, last seen up 2.2% to trade at $214.22.

Meanwhile, options traders from both sides of the tape are responding to the news. In the first hour of trading, 11,000 calls and 3,106 puts have exchanged hands, which is eight times what's typically seen at this point. The June 230 call is the most popular, with the 250 call from the same series trailing close behind. This implies options traders see plenty of upside for NVAX by the time these contracts expire on Friday.

The trend of calls outpacing puts is nothing new. This is per the security's 10-day call/put volume ratio of 3.21 at the International Securities Exchange (ISE), Cboe Options Exchange (CBOE), and NASDAQ OMX PHLX (PHLX), which stands in the 90th percentile of its annual range. This means calls are getting picked up at a faster-than-usual pace. 

On the charts, this optimism seems warranted. NVAX opened above the $220 level today for the first time since late-April. Despite pulling back in the month of May, the equity still boasts an impressive 98.2% year-to-date lead. Should today's positive price actions hold, Novavax stock would lock in eight wins in the first 10 sessions of June.

 

Minimize Risk While Maximizing Profits

There is no options strategy like this one, which consistently minimizes risk while maintaining maximum profits. Perfect for traders looking for ways to control risk, reduce losses, and increase the likelihood of success when trading calls and puts. The Schaeffer’s team has over 41 years of options trading success targeting +100% gains on every trade. Rest assured your losses are effectively limited to your initial cost at the time of making your move! Don't waste another second... join us right now before the next trade is released! 

 


 


 
Special Offers from Schaeffer's Trading Partners