Altria Group Whale Trades Spotted

Someone with a lot of money to spend has taken a bearish stance on Altria Group MO.

And retail traders should know.

We noticed this today when the big position showed up on publicly available options history that we track here at Benzinga.

Whether this is an institution or just a wealthy individual, we don't know. But when something this big happens with MO, it often means somebody knows something is about to happen.

So how do we know what this whale just did?

Today, Benzinga's options scanner spotted 16 uncommon options trades for Altria Group.

This isn't normal.

The overall sentiment of these big-money traders is split between 31% bullish and 68%, bearish.

Out of all of the special options we uncovered, 7 are puts, for a total amount of $187,320, and 9 are calls, for a total amount of $309,099.

What's The Price Target?

Taking into account the Volume and Open Interest on these contracts, it appears that whales have been targeting a price range from $30.0 to $55.0 for Altria Group over the last 3 months.

Volume & Open Interest Development

Looking at the volume and open interest is an insightful way to conduct due diligence on a stock.

This data can help you track the liquidity and interest for Altria Group's options for a given strike price.

Below, we can observe the evolution of the volume and open interest of calls and puts, respectively, for all of Altria Group's whale activity within a strike price range from $30.0 to $55.0 in the last 30 days.

Altria Group Option Volume And Open Interest Over Last 30 Days

Biggest Options Spotted:

Symbol PUT/CALL Trade Type Sentiment Exp. Date Strike Price Total Trade Price Open Interest Volume
MO CALL SWEEP BEARISH 06/17/22 $45.00 $74.5K 265 294
MO CALL SWEEP BEARISH 06/17/22 $52.50 $35.2K 12.2K 227
MO CALL SWEEP BEARISH 06/17/22 $52.50 $30.2K 12.2K 627
MO CALL TRADE BULLISH 01/20/23 $52.50 $29.7K 4.7K 141
MO CALL TRADE BEARISH 06/17/22 $52.50 $29.2K 12.2K 1.0K

Symbol PUT/CALL Trade Type Sentiment Exp. Date Strike Price Total Trade Price Open Interest Volume
MO CALL SWEEP BEARISH 06/17/22 $45.00 $74.5K 265 294
MO CALL SWEEP BEARISH 06/17/22 $52.50 $35.2K 12.2K 227
MO CALL SWEEP BEARISH 06/17/22 $52.50 $30.2K 12.2K 627
MO CALL TRADE BULLISH 01/20/23 $52.50 $29.7K 4.7K 141
MO CALL TRADE BEARISH 06/17/22 $52.50 $29.2K 12.2K 1.0K

Where Is Altria Group Standing Right Now?

  • With a volume of 14,351,634, the price of MO is down -8.27% at $50.69.
  • RSI indicators hint that the underlying stock may be oversold.
  • Next earnings are expected to be released in 79 days.

What The Experts Say On Altria Group:

  • Morgan Stanley has decided to maintain their Equal-Weight rating on Altria Group, which currently sits at a price target of $54.
  • Bernstein downgraded its action to Market Perform with a price target of $53

Options are a riskier asset compared to just trading the stock, but they have higher profit potential. Serious options traders manage this risk by educating themselves daily, scaling in and out of trades, following more than one indicator, and following the markets closely.

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