How Options Traders Are Playing This Bank Stock

PACW drew 188,399 calls over the past 10 days

Digital Content Manager
Apr 10, 2023 at 2:48 PM
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PacWest Bancorp (NASDAQ:PACW) stock is up 1.8% at $9.88 this afternoon, but carries a 74.4% year-to-date deficit. The $8 region has provided a floor for the shares after a series of bear gaps pressured them to a March 13, record low of $5. Meanwhile, the 20-day moving level has kept a lid on PACW since February, and is stifling today's gains as well.

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Options traders seemingly view the bank stock's troubles as an opportunity to buy the dip. The equity showed up on Schaeffer's Senior Quantitative Analyst Rocky White's list of S&P 400 Mid Cap Index (IDX) stocks that attracted the highest weekly options volume over the last 10 days. PACW drew 188,399 calls and 89,950 puts, with the weekly 3/31 9.50-strike call standing out as the most popular contract.

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Short sellers are still piling on, however. Short interest added a whopping 176.2% in the most recent reporting period, and the 11.44 million shares sold short now make up 9.8% of the stock's available float. 


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