Twitter Inc (TWTR) Option Bulls Keep the Faith

Twitter Inc (NYSE:TWTR) is trading lower once again, after an early week rejection at the $20-$21 mark

by Karee Venema

Published on Sep 9, 2016 at 3:01 PM

It's been a pretty rough two days for Twitter Inc (NYSE:TWTR), as uncertainty surrounding yesterday's big board meeting sparked a sell-off in the shares. TWTR stock is extending this decline today, down 3.5% at $18.04, no thanks to broad-market headwinds. In the options pits, meanwhile, volume is running at a slightly accelerated clip -- and while bears appear to be closing out of their winning bets, bulls are eyeing a quick rebound for TWTR.

Specifically, the stock's September 18.50 put is most active today, with nearly 8,200 contracts on the tape. More than half of the activity at this now in-the-money strike appears to be the result of one speculator selling to close a block of 4,798 contracts.

Elsewhere, TWTR's September 19 and weekly 10/7 20-strike calls have received notable attention, where nearly 12,340 contracts have collectively traded at last check. It looks like new positions are possibly being purchased, as traders bet on the equity reversing course over the next several weeks.

More broadly speaking, it's been call buyers who have had the upper hand in TWTR's options pits in recent months. At the International Securities Exchange (ISE), Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE), and NASDAQ OMX PHLX (PHLX), the equity's 50-day call/put volume ratio of 3.43 ranks in the elevated 83rd annual percentile.

What's more, TWTR's Schaeffer's put/call open interest ratio (SOIR) is docked at 0.50. Not only does this show that calls double puts among options expiring in three months or less, but it rests lower than 77% of all comparable readings taken in the past year. Simply stated, short-term speculators are more call-heavy than usual toward TWTR.

As touched upon, TWTR has been in an end-of-week free fall, after being rejected by the historically significant $20-$21 mark at the start of the week. However, this is just more of the same for a stock that's down nearly 35% year-over-year. Plus, the shares of Twitter Inc (NYSE:TWTR) have encountered a stiff level of resistance at their 80-week moving average -- a trendline not conquered on a closing basis since May 2015.

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