Today’s tickers: YHOO, MPEL & AIG
YHOO - Yahoo!, Inc. – Shares in the Internet media company rallied as much as 2.6% this morning to $15.55 after AllThingsD, citing sources familiar with the situation, reported Yahoo will sell half of its stake in Chinese Internet company, Alibaba, next week. Alibaba is reportedly expected to pay $7.6 billion to buy back 20% of the company in the deal, leaving Yahoo with a 20% stake in the company. Options traders positioning for shares in Yahoo to extend gains ahead of the weekend purchased weekly call options in the first hour of the trading session on Wednesday. It looks like bullish players snapped up around 1,400 of the Sep 14 ’12 $15 strike calls for an average premium of $0.46 apiece. In-the-money call buyers stand ready to profit should Yahoo’s shares settle above the average breakeven price of $15.46 at expiration. Overall options volume on Yahoo is approaching 60,000 contracts at present; calls are far more active than puts, with the call-to-put ratio exceeding 4.0 as of 11:25 a.m. in New York.
MPEL - Melco Crown Entertainment Ltd. – A call spread initiated on casino operator, Melco Crown Entertainment, this morning suggests one options strategist is positioning for shares in the name to rally into 2013. Melco and other casino stocks with operations in Macau are extending gains today one week after the gambling hub reported a 5.5% increase in August revenues, the second-highest monthly reading ever for Macau’s casino industry. Shares in Melco, which have posted double-digit percentage gains since last week, gained 1.9% this morning to stand at $12.83 as of 11:45 a.m. ET. It looks like one trader purchased a 1,000-lot Jan. 2013 $11/$15 call spread at a net premium of $2.00 per contract. The bullish strategy makes money if shares in the casino operator rally above the effective breakeven price of $13.00, and generates maximum potential profits of $2.00 per contract in the event…
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