FireEye, Inc. (FEYE) Calls Hot Amid Rumored Blue-Chip Bid

Rumors are circulating FireEye Inc (NASDAQ:FEYE) could be a takeover target for Cisco Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:CSCO)

by Karee Venema

Published on May 13, 2015 at 1:22 PM

FireEye Inc (NASDAQ:FEYE) is soaring today -- up 4.4% at $43.13 -- amid unconfirmed rumors of a potential $9 billion bid from blue chip Cisco Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:CSCO). In the options pits, calls are popping, with the contracts crossing at four times what's typically seen at this point in the day -- and outpacing puts by a more than 10-to-1 ratio.

Drilling down, each of CSCO's 10 most active options are calls, with the equity's in-the-money May 41 and 42.50 strikes garnering notable attention. It seems safe to assume new positions are being purchased, meaning speculators are rolling the dice on FEYE extending today's advance through this Friday's close -- when front-month options expire.

While option traders have been showing a growing appetite for long calls of late, the withstanding trend has been toward put buying. At the International Securities Exchange (ISE), Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE), and NASDAQ OMX PHLX (PHLX), FEYE's 10-day put/call volume ratio of 0.50 rests in the 79th annual percentile. Simply stated, puts have been bought to open over calls at a faster-than-usual clip in recent weeks.

Today's burst of buying power just echoes the stock's longer-term technical trajectory, with the shares up almost 37% year-to-date, thanks to a lift from their 80-day moving average. A continued shift in sentiment among the options crowd could translate into additional gains for FireEye Inc (NASDAQ:FEYE) down the road.

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