Chip Stock Lower on Ramped Up Nvidia Competition

Puts are popular in the options pits today

Digital Content Manager
Mar 19, 2024 at 10:09 AM
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Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMD) is down 5.1% at $181.00, after Nvidia (NVDA) ramped up competition by unveiling a new flagship artificial intelligence (AI) chip during its annual developer conference. AMD sports a 96.9% year-over-year lead, despite cooling from its March 8, all-time high of $227.30, with long-term support from the 40-day moving average ready to contain this pullback. 

Over at the International Securities Exchange (ISE), Cboe Options Exchange (CBOE), and NASDAQ OMX PHLX (PHLX), ADM's 50-day call/put volume ratio of 3.86 ranks higher than all but 2% of annual readings. This means bullish bets have been more popular than usual.

Though calls still outpace puts on an overall basis, 83,000 bearish have crossed the tape so far today, which is double the intraday average volume. The weekly 3/22 180-strike put is the most popular contract by far, with new positions currently being bought to open there.

It's worth noting Advanced Micro Devices stock ranks high on the Schaeffer's Volatility Scorecard (SVS), with a score of 98 out of 100. In simpler terms, the security exceeded option traders' volatility expectations in the past 12 months, which is a boon for premium traders.


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