Bank of America's Options: A Look at What the Big Money is Thinking

Deep-pocketed investors have adopted a bullish approach towards Bank of America BAC, and it's something market players shouldn't ignore. Our tracking of public options records at Benzinga unveiled this significant move today. The identity of these investors remains unknown, but such a substantial move in BAC usually suggests something big is about to happen.

We gleaned this information from our observations today when Benzinga's options scanner highlighted 8 extraordinary options activities for Bank of America. This level of activity is out of the ordinary.

The general mood among these heavyweight investors is divided, with 50% leaning bullish and 50% bearish. Among these notable options, 5 are puts, totaling $164,261, and 3 are calls, amounting to $199,880.

What's The Price Target?

Based on the trading activity, it appears that the significant investors are aiming for a price territory stretching from $28.0 to $39.0 for Bank of America over the recent three months.

Volume & Open Interest Development

Examining the volume and open interest provides crucial insights into stock research. This information is key in gauging liquidity and interest levels for Bank of America's options at certain strike prices. Below, we present a snapshot of the trends in volume and open interest for calls and puts across Bank of America's significant trades, within a strike price range of $28.0 to $39.0, over the past month.

Bank of America 30-Day Option Volume & Interest Snapshot

Significant Options Trades Detected:

Symbol PUT/CALL Trade Type Sentiment Exp. Date Ask Bid Price Strike Price Total Trade Price Open Interest Volume
BAC CALL TRADE BEARISH 01/17/25 $10.85 $10.8 $10.8 $28.00 $108.0K 20.4K 0
BAC CALL TRADE BULLISH 09/20/24 $6.5 $5.95 $6.5 $32.00 $65.0K 15.1K 0
BAC PUT SWEEP BEARISH 08/16/24 $2.2 $2.16 $2.2 $39.00 $34.5K 696 300
BAC PUT SWEEP BEARISH 08/16/24 $2.19 $2.16 $2.19 $39.00 $32.8K 696 0
BAC PUT SWEEP BEARISH 08/16/24 $2.18 $2.16 $2.19 $39.00 $32.8K 696 150

About Bank of America

Bank of America is one of the largest financial institutions in the United States, with more than $3.0 trillion in assets. It is organized into four major segments: consumer banking, global wealth and investment management, global banking, and global markets. Bank of America's consumer-facing lines of business include its network of branches and deposit-gathering operations, retail lending products, credit and debit cards, and small-business services. The company's Merrill Lynch operations provide brokerage and wealth-management services, as does its private bank. Wholesale lines of business include investment banking, corporate and commercial real estate lending, and capital markets operations. Bank of America has operations in several countries but is primarily US-focused.

Having examined the options trading patterns of Bank of America, our attention now turns directly to the company. This shift allows us to delve into its present market position and performance

Current Position of Bank of America

  • Currently trading with a volume of 3,203,441, the BAC's price is down by -0.45%, now at $37.52.
  • RSI readings suggest the stock is currently may be approaching overbought.
  • Anticipated earnings release is in 70 days.

Professional Analyst Ratings for Bank of America

Over the past month, 5 industry analysts have shared their insights on this stock, proposing an average target price of $42.5.

  • Consistent in their evaluation, an analyst from Jefferies keeps a Hold rating on Bank of America with a target price of $39.
  • An analyst from Wolfe Research upgraded its action to Outperform with a price target of $42.
  • An analyst from Oppenheimer persists with their Outperform rating on Bank of America, maintaining a target price of $46.
  • An analyst from Oppenheimer has decided to maintain their Outperform rating on Bank of America, which currently sits at a price target of $45.
  • An analyst from JP Morgan persists with their Overweight rating on Bank of America, maintaining a target price of $40.

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