Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Rambus (RMBS) - Huge Trade on Court Decision Right Now

*********** UPDATE ***********

Since this was posted, the IV30™ has jumped 7 points.


RMBS is trading 25.10. The LIVEVOL™ Pro Summary is below.

This is a continuation of the first blog: "Rambus (RMBS) - Trading a Lawsuit". The decision is due out today. You can read the first blog by Clicking Here.

Since no one will actually do that, let me catch you up.

Jan 18, 2010
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Samsung Electronics Co. agreed to pay as much as $900 million over five years to Rambus Inc. as part of a deal to settle some high-profile litigation focusing on memory chips.

You can see the pop in the stock after (click to enlarge):

Barrons came out with a great story relaying what's at stake and possible outcomes.
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Rambus (NASDAQ: RMBS) has recently settled a patent case with Samsung. The company is also currently involved in separate lawsuits worth $12 billion against Micron Technology (NASDAQ: MU) and Hynix Semiconductor. Investors are bullish about the outcome of these

According to a report released by Barron’s, the stock is expected to grow by 100% in the case of a positive outcome. However, the chipmaker has a bleak scenario if its lawsuits fail. Harold Hughes, CEO of Rambus, said, “We do not intend to give Hynix or Micron a deal comparable to the one we gave to Samsung."


Yup - the stock could go to "zero" or double if there are "extreme" judgements.

Ok, so here we are, decision day. A trader (and reader), Eddy Altamirano, drew my attention to a huge trade early on (45 min. into the trading day).

The company has traded over 19,500 options in the first hour on total daily average option volume of just 10,813. The attention grabbing trade was 9,300 Jun 21 puts sold. The Stats Tab and Day's biggest trades snapshots are included (click either image to enlarge).

The Options Tab (click to enlarge) illustrates that the puts are mostly opening (compare OI to trade size).

The Skew Tab snap (click to enlarge) illustrates exactly the vol of those puts relative to the rest of the chain.

Note the pronounced skew in the front month (red) relative to the other months. You can also see how elevated the vol is in Jun. There was a large stock print four minutes after the option trade so it's possible someone turned those puts into short straddles. It looks like 215,000 traded which would be on the delta (i.e. not 1:1 straddles).

In the first blog I noted that the vol for the ATM straddle seemed low (it was 64 vol). The ATM vol is now near 115. I also noted that the front month (at the time May) was probably a sale. Things have changed now... The decision is apparently due out at any moment, the front month vol has nearly doubled and now the back months are less expensive (vol).

I get the feeling that no one really believes this stock can double from here. I don't know why that is, and I'm not taking a position either way. I'm just noticing the front 30 calls are only worth ~$0.90 and the 19 puts are worth ~1.00... Both seem cheap if a definitive decision comes out. But of course, that's the catch-22 in this case. Definitive decisions keep getting delayed.

Buying the wings now is less about betting on the importance of the outcome, and more about the fact that there will be an actual outcome.

This is trade analysis, not a recommendation.

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