Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation (SWHC) - Options Insight

Posted on 01/10/2013 by Ella Gold

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NEW YORK (AVAFIN) -- Unusual volume of put contracts exchanged hands between buyers and sellers during the trading session. Put volume outnumbered call contracts at a ratio of 2.2:1 where a total of 15,451 put and 6,960 call contracts were traded yielding 2.22 put/call ratio.

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Put/Call ratio can be regarded as a predictor of investment sentiment, indicating what experienced investors are doing in preparation for a move of an underlying equity. A high put/call ratio suggests that the investor sentiment is bearish and that investors are expecting the underlying stock price to decrease. On the other hand, a low put/call ratio implies that the investor sentiment is bullish and that investors are expecting the underlying stock price to increase. Thus, unusual volume provides reliable clues that the stock is expected to make a move.

Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation (SWHC) opened today at $8.57 and is currently trading at $8.26, down $0.31 (3.62%) during last trading session. Performance indicators show that the stock has lost -13.61% within the last month. The daily low is $7.98 and the high is $8.59. The trading volume of 9M is above the average volume of 4M shares. SWHC is trading below the 50 day moving average and lower than the 200 day moving average. The stock's 52 week low is $4.52 and 52 week high is $11.25.

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