Blowout Earnings Spark Heavy Navistar Call Trading

NAV call options are quite popular this morning

by Patrick Martin

Published on Sep 4, 2019 at 10:09 AM

One of the top stocks on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) this morning is Navistar International Corp (NYSE:NAV), up 7.5% to trade at $23.49. The truck manufacturer reported fiscal third-quarter adjusted earnings of $1.47 per share on $3.04 billion in revenue -- handily topping estimates.

Today's bounce comes after NAV hit a nearly three-year low of $21.32 on Aug. 28. The shares are down 32% this quarter, and have given up 44% in the past year. Today's rally takes the security right up to its 20-day moving average, a trendline that's keep a tight lid on the shares since July.  

Today's results have yet to warrant any analyst attention. For the most part, brokerage sentiment is evenly skewed; four rate NAV a "strong buy," and the other five in coverage call it a tepid "hold." However, the stock's consensus 12-month price target of $38 is a 73.8% premium to last night's closing perch at $21.86. 

NAV's typically quiet options pits have come to life this morning. More specifically, 1,200 call options have already changed hands -- 12 times the average intraday amount and already toppling the average daily volume just the first 30 minutes of trading. Leading the charge is the September 22 call, but there are also new positions being opened at the September 25.50 call. 


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