Price Alert for DIRECTV

Posted on 06/18/2012 by Norm Sorkin


NEW YORK (AVAFIN) -- DIRECTV calls volume was on the rise in the last trading session. Investors traded call contracts at a 1.2 to one rate, where in total 6,538 call and 5,472 put contracts yielded a 0.84 put/call ratio.

Options are useful tools for predicting the movement of the underlying stock. Put/Call ratio statistics serve as a useful predictor of investment sentiment, indicating what experienced investors are doing in preparation for a move of an underlying stock. Thus, unusual volume provides reliable clues that the stock is expected to make a move.

DirecTV has relationships with each of the three largest phone companies in the U.S. (AT&T, Verizon, and Qwest/CenturyLink). These firms provide a great distribution channel. Additionaly, If competitors begin to severely weigh on DirecTV and rival DISH, regulators might allow the two firms to merge, creating lots of cost-cutting opportunities and easing competition.

Shares of DIRECTV rose $0.43 (+0.97%) to $45.32 in today's trading session. The price of DTV ranged between $44.65 - $45.44. Volume is 5M in relation to the three month average volume of 5M shares. DTV is trading below the 50 day moving average and lower than the 200 day moving average. The stock's 52 week low is $39.82 and 52 week high is $53.40. Performance indicators show that the stock has gained 4.30% within the last week.

DirecTV Group is the largest satellite television provider in the U.S., with 19.8 million customers. It also owns satellite operations in Latin America: 93% of Sky Brazil, 41% of Sky Mexico, and 100% of PanAmericana, which covers much of the remainder of the region. These businesses serve about 11 million customers combined. The firm added three regional sports networks and a 60% stake in the Game Show Network and FUN Technologies under the Liberty Media deal.

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