Traders Bet On a Reversal for Surging Citrix Systems, Inc. (CTXS)

Citrix Systems, Inc. (CTXS) is surging after Elliot Management Corp called for a meeting with the company

by Alex Eppstein

Published on Jun 11, 2015 at 10:58 AM

Citrix Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:CTXS) has blown up this morning -- up 6% at $69.92 -- after Elliot Management Corp requested a meeting with the company to discuss potential improvements, including cost-cutting measures and a share buyback program. Also, Mizuho responded by upping its price target on CTXS to $80 from $72. However, options traders aren't necessarily buying the hype.

At last check, CTXS puts were being exchanged at 55 times the usual intraday rate, and four times the pace of calls. According to Trade-Alert, the June 65 and 67.50 puts are the most active strikes, and are seeing buy-to-open activity. In other words, these speculators anticipate the shares will pull back below the respective strikes by next Friday's close, when front-month options expire.

Today's bias for puts over calls runs counter to the longer-term trend. CTXS' Schaeffer's put/call open interest ratio (SOIR) of 0.69 indicates call open interest outweighs put open interest among options with a shelf-life of three months or less. What's more, this reading ranks in the call-skewed 6th percentile of its annual range.

On the charts, this morning's bull gap has Citrix Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:CTXS) flirting with levels not seen since last October. Year-to-date, the stock's lead is up to 9.6%.

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