Options Traders Position for Possible RIMM Rebound

Today’s tickers: RIMM, CVS, CALL & JEC RIMM  - Research In Motion, Ltd. –  Shares in the BlackBerry smartphone and PlayBook tablet maker slipped today on news a class action lawsuit alleging RIMM misled investors has been filed in the U.S. against the Canadian company. The past couple of months have seen the value of the stock drop as much as 40.0% off a mid-February 52-week high of $70.54. RIMM’s revised outlook at the end of April for lower-than-previously anticipated earnings and revenue helped accelerate the stock’s pullback. Though headwinds against a RIMM-rebound are strong at present, it looks like some options strategists are positioning for a sharp recovery in the price of the underlying stock by January 2012 expiration. Shares in the smartphone maker pared earlier losses but remain flat on the session at $43.57 as of 11:50am in New York. Investors appear to have initiated bullish call butterfly spreads, buying roughly 1,500 calls at the Jan. 2012 $65 strike, selling some 3,000 calls at the Jan. 2012 $70 strike, and purchasing approximately 1,500 calls at the Jan. 2012 $75 strike, all for an average net premium of $0.16 per contract. The relatively cheap long-term bullish bet on a recovery story for RIMM could result in substantial profits, but the stock would need to soar 60.1% to $70.00 at expiration next year in order for call ‘fly players to bank maximum potential profits of $4.84 per contract. The parameters of the spread are such that maximum potential losses are limited to the premium paid, or roughly $0.16 per contract. Traders may very well lose the full $0.16 in premium come expiration, but it seems the prospect of potentially raking in 30 times as much is, according to these call ‘fly buyers, worth the risk. The BlackBerry provider reports first-quarter earnings after the final bell tolls on June 16, 2011.…
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