Buzzy Auto Stock Attracts Options Traders

Now may be a good opportunity to weigh on F's next move

Digital Content Manager
Feb 13, 2023 at 11:48 AM
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Ford Motor Co (NYSE:F) is up 1.4% at $12.91 at last check, with investors expecting the automaker to reveal plans to build a $3.5 billion lithium iron phosphate battery plant in Michigan. The security has already added more than 16% so far in 2023, though the $14 level rejected its latest rally. Still, the 20-day moving average is acting as support, and Ford Motor stock is becoming popular with options traders.

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According to Schaeffer's Senior Quantitative Analyst Rocky White's list of stocks that have attracted the highest weekly options volume in the past 10 days, F saw 4,014,511 calls and 2,289,470 puts traded. The most popular contract during this time period was the weekly 2/10 13.50 call. The only other automaker on the list is electric vehicle (EV) giant Tesla (TSLA).

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These options traders are in luck, as Ford Motor stock boasts affordable premiums at the moment, per its Schaeffer's Volatility Index (SVI) of 36% that ranks in the extremely low 1st percentile of its annual range. Plus, its Schaeffer's Volatility Scorecard (SVS) sits at 88 out of 100, meaning F has exceeded option traders' volatility expectations in the past year.

Additional tailwinds could come from a sentiment shift among analysts. In fact, 11 of the 16 brokerages in coverage carry a "hold" or worse rating, suggesting there is still ample room for upgrades.


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