Option Bears Target SCHW After Recent Rally

Puts are running at double their usual volume today

Assistant Editor
Apr 13, 2021 at 2:19 PM
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The shares of Charles Schwab Corporation (NYSE:SCHW) are down 1.9% to trade at $66.41 at last check. The stock seems to have found a ceiling at the $68 level, just  below its April 5 record high of $68.89, however, the 30-day moving average level appears to have moved in as support as well. Year-to-date, the equity is up 25.3%. 

SCHW's recent rally seems to have attracted the attention of option bears today, with puts running at double what's typically seen at this point. So far, 8,130 puts have crossed the tape in comparison to 3,128 calls. The January 2022 40-strike put is the most popular by far, and also happens to be the top open interest position. Furthermore, new positions are being bought to open at the May 60 put.

Meanwhile, SCHW's Relative Strength Index (RSI) of 62 is nearing "overbought" territory. This means a short-term breather could be coming up for the security. 

Speculating on Charles Schwab stock's next move with options could be a prudent play. The stock's Schaeffer's Volatility Index (SVI) of 30% stands higher than just 2% of all other readings in its annual range, implying that options players are pricing in low volatility expectations at the moment. 

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