Call Traders Target Red-Hot FuelCell Stock

The equity boasts cheap options at the moment

Deputy Editor
Oct 18, 2021 at 10:45 AM
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The shares of FuelCell Energy Inc (NASDAQ:FCEL) are popping this morning, last seen up 12.2% at $8.29. It's unclear what's driving the equity up the charts this early on, though there's a lot of online chatter surrounding the speculative trader target. FuelCell stock was at the forefront of the meme stock craze, preceding the uptick in interest of GameStop (GME) amongst Reddit's WallStreetBets crowd, and it looks like some well-known accounts on Twitter are drumming up interest once again.

A far cry from its Feb. 10 all-time high of $29.43, as the stock has been consolidating below the $8 level since July. The security looks ready to topple this area today, however. Plus, FCEL is pacing for its first close above its 120-day moving average since April. Year-over-year FCEL boasts a 271.4% lead.

As is typical with these meme stocks, short interest is an area of particular interest. It has been on the rise over the last month, up 10%, and the 52.88 million shares sold short now make up a healthy 15% of the stock's available float. In simpler terms, it would take these traders just over two days to buy back their bearish bets, at the equity's average pace of trading. 

Options bulls are targeting FCEL today, too. Already, 207,000 calls have crossed the tape, which is 11 times what's typically seen at this point, compared to the 23,000 puts exchanged so far. The three most popular contracts, the weekly 10/22 8-, 9-, and 8.50-strike calls all have new positions being bought to open at each. 

That bullish sentiment is nothing new, given that options traders have been call-heavy on the equity over the last two weeks. This is per the security's 10-day call/put volume ratio of 9.74 at the International Securities Exchange (ISE), Cboe Options Exchange (CBOE), and NASDAQ OMX PHLX (PHLX), which sits higher than 92% of readings from the past year.  

Now could be a good opportunity to take advantage of FCEL's next move with options. The stock's Schaeffer's Volatility Index (SVI) of 91% sits in the 7th percentile of its annual range, indicating that options traders are pricing in relatively low volatility expectations at the moment. Plus, the stock's Schaeffer's Volatility Scorecard (SVS) comes in at 99 (out of 100). In other words, the security has exceeded options traders' volatility expectations in the last year.



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