PCBC - Insider Trading Tips Stock Collapse?

Discussion in 'Stocks' started by livevol_ophir, Apr 29, 2010.

  1. livevol_ophir

    livevol_ophir ET Sponsor

    PCBC is trading 2.08 down 49% on earnings.

    <img src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_hMry1m7UF10/S9mTLdrvr1I/AAAAAAAACHQ/sfREwKrccVc/s1600/pcbc_summary.gif">

    I have to thank my friend Jeff Kearns, at the BLOOMBERG/ NEWSROOM, for this one. He was very fast to identify the unusual trading and nice enough to interview me in his article.

    The Options Tab (<a href="http://livevol.blogspot.com/2010/04/pcbc.html">in the article</a>) illustrates clearly that the OI in the Ma5 puts (2,317) is not only larger than any other line - it's more than double any other line. There's not a single strike with OI above 1,000.

    The Level 2 pop-out shows that the OI accumulated in a single day: 4-23-2010 with 2,325 trading.

    Is 2,300 unusual for this company... Um, yeah... The company averages just 172 options trading a day - a small snap of the Stats Tab is included. Note the avg OI in the entire chain (even with the trades,<a href="http://livevol.blogspot.com/2010/04/pcbc.html">in the article</a>) is still half of that single trade.

    Finally, the Time & Sales Tab for 4-23-2010 and those puts is included (<a href="http://livevol.blogspot.com/2010/04/pcbc.html">in the article</a>).

    You can see the puts trading $1.00 against $0.60 x $1.05; these were purchases, and someone paid up...

    For what it's worth, I see the largest shareholder has 265,00 shares and then the next largest has just 53,000. The 2,300 puts protect 230,000 shares. So you could make an argument it's a hedge but then again... Wouldn't the largest shareholder have inside information. Also, this is a $1.00 insurance versus what was a $4 stock. That's not a hedge - that's a bet (in my opinion).

    This is trade analysis, not a recommendation.

    Details, prices, trades here:
  2. m22au


    Edited post.

    I misread the above article. Initially I thought the contention was that the options trades discussed were from today, when in fact the article refers to options trades on 23 April.

  3. livevol_ophir

    livevol_ophir ET Sponsor

    Ok, thanks. I'll add that...
  4. Do you mind if I move your threads to the STOCKS forum? Seems more relevant there. Thanks!
  5. livevol_ophir

    livevol_ophir ET Sponsor

  6. livevol_ophir

    livevol_ophir ET Sponsor

    yeah - this was pre- move...