Someone’s trying to call a bottom in one of the market’s worst-performing stocks.
General Electric (GE) has lost more than half its value in the last two years, landing it at the bottom of the S&P 500’s rankings over that time frame. It would also be the top loser in the Dow Jones Industrial Average, if it hadn’t gotten thrown out in June.
But today an investor bet against the trend by selling 120,000 9-November 11.50 puts for $0.47. It’s the largest transaction for any stock in the entire options market so far.
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The high-risk strategy will profit from GE holding $11.50 or rebounding. If it does, the puts will expire worthless and the trader will keep the premium as profit. But if it breaks lower, he or she risks owning 12 million shares with downside risk all the way to zero.
GE fell 1 percent to $11.42 in morning trading and has tried to hold its ground at this level for the last four sessions. The company’s slide has resulted from worries about its balance sheet and weakness in its power-turbine business.