Trader Takes a HUGE Bullish Bet in EBAY, With Just Hours Left Until Expiration

eBay Inc., is a global technology company. The Company enables commerce through three reportable segments: Marketplaces, Payments, and GSI. The Company by providing online platforms, tools and services to help individuals and small, medium and merchants around the globe engage in online and mobile commerce and payments, the Company can facilitate transactions.  EBAY is currently trading around $53.99 in a 52-week range of $48.06 – 59.70. The company’s stock has been underperforming the market this year with shares increasing -1.54% year-to-date. Today, a trader bought over 4353 EBAY Fri 9/5 53 Calls (Wkly) at $0.58. With the short duration of these contracts, the trade was most likely set up as a day trade. EBAY is trading lower in today’s session, but these calls are up over 60% as the stock trades off the lows of the day.

Unusual Option Activity:
We define unusual option activity as large block trades that represent a large percentage of daily option volume. The block trade is considered “unusual” if the option volume is above the average daily volume over the past 22 days. At we scan and analyze order flow from all of the major options exchanges in order to identify any unusual option activity.

Analyzing unusual order flow gives traders a window into what the positions that large institutional players have. The majority of unusual option activity can be traced back to hedge funds, mutual funds, and other large institutions. Knowing where these institutions are placing their bets can be hugely advantageous for any trader. These institutions have informational and technological advantages that the average trader doesn’t have, and the amount of time and analysis that goes into every one of their trades is substantial. We offer this service through our 7 hour daily LIVE trading room or through the only Unique Unusual Options Activity Scanner:

Order flow can however at times be deceiving. One might logically thing that a large block buyer of calls is bullish on the underlying. This is not always the case. Remember that a large number of participants in the equity options market are hedgers. Long calls are a hedge against short stock, and long puts are a hedge against long stock. With this in mind we have developed a 7 step trading plan that helps filter out unusual option activity that will not provide actionable trade setups. It is by using this plan that we are able to identify the most significant unusual options activity trades every day.

The Trade:
Buying the EBAY Fri 9/5 53 Calls (Wkly) at $0.58

Risk: $58 per 1 lot

Greeks of this Trade:

Delta: Long
Gamma: Long
Theta: Short
Vega: Long