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Contrarian Plays Payoff As 3D Systems Shares Stage Intraday Rebound

Posted on the 25 February 2013 by Phil's Stock World @philstockworld

Today’s tickers: DDD, KMB & CMP

DDD - 3D Systems Corp. – Shares in the provider of 3D content-to-print solutions were hit hard on Monday after the company reported fourth-quarter revenue below analyst expectations. The stock fell as much as 20% to $30.28 in the first 30 minutes of the trading session, but has since rebounded somewhat to trade 7.8% lower on the day at $35.00 as of 12:05 p.m. ET. Options traders anticipating a rebound in DDD shares in the near term snapped up weekly calls on the stock this morning. It looks like traders picked up around 450 contracts at both the Mar. 01 ’13 $31.67 and $33.33 striking prices at average premiums of $1.41 and $0.69 each, respectively. The strong intraday recovery in shares of 3D Systems now finds these upside call options changing hands at $4.20 and $2.70 apiece as of 12:15 p.m. in New York to the benefit of early-bird buyers of those contracts. Meanwhile, options players bracing for further declines have seen the value of bearish positions decline with the rebound in DDD shares. Upwards of 800 puts traded at the Mar. 01 ’13 $30 strike during the first half of the session, with much of the volume purchased for an average premium of $0.55 apiece in the early going. Premium required to purchase the $30 strike weekly puts has halved intraday to $0.25 per contract as of 12:20 p.m. ET.

KMB - Kimberly-Clark Corp. – Bullish options are changing hands on the operator of well-known consumer hygiene brands, including Kleenex and Scott, with shares in Kimberly-Clark rising 1.5% to a record high of $95.90. The company last week raised its quarterly dividend by 9.5% to $0.81 a share. Options traders looking for shares in the name to add to the more than 13% rally since the end of 2012 picked up March expiry calls on the stock this morning. Traders stepped in the purchase around 500 of the Mar. $97.5 strike calls on KMB this morning for an average premium of…


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