Check Out What Whales Are Doing With AMAT

Someone with a lot of money to spend has taken a bearish stance on Applied Materials AMAT.

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 AMAT, 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 18 uncommon options trades for Applied Materials.

This isn't normal.

The overall sentiment of these big-money traders is split between 33% bullish and 66%, bearish.

Out of all of the special options we uncovered, 13 are puts, for a total amount of $820,927, and 5 are calls, for a total amount of $163,098.

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 $105.0 to $135.0 for Applied Materials over the last 3 months.

Volume & Open Interest Development

In terms of liquidity and interest, the mean open interest for Applied Materials options trades today is 1380.46 with a total volume of 7,878.00.

In the following chart, we are able to follow the development of volume and open interest of call and put options for Applied Materials's big money trades within a strike price range of $105.0 to $135.0 over the last 30 days.

Applied Materials 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
AMAT PUT SWEEP BEARISH 05/27/22 $115.00 $205.2K 375 350
AMAT PUT SWEEP BEARISH 06/17/22 $105.00 $137.6K 3.5K 180
AMAT PUT SWEEP NEUTRAL 05/20/22 $111.00 $80.8K 486 900
AMAT PUT SWEEP BEARISH 05/20/22 $111.00 $80.3K 486 421
AMAT PUT SWEEP BEARISH 05/20/22 $107.00 $48.7K 1.0K 1.0K

Symbol PUT/CALL Trade Type Sentiment Exp. Date Strike Price Total Trade Price Open Interest Volume
AMAT PUT SWEEP BEARISH 05/27/22 $115.00 $205.2K 375 350
AMAT PUT SWEEP BEARISH 06/17/22 $105.00 $137.6K 3.5K 180
AMAT PUT SWEEP NEUTRAL 05/20/22 $111.00 $80.8K 486 900
AMAT PUT SWEEP BEARISH 05/20/22 $111.00 $80.3K 486 421
AMAT PUT SWEEP BEARISH 05/20/22 $107.00 $48.7K 1.0K 1.0K

Where Is Applied Materials Standing Right Now?

  • With a volume of 3,941,188, the price of AMAT is down -2.31% at $108.18.
  • RSI indicators hint that the underlying stock is currently neutral between overbought and oversold.
  • Next earnings are expected to be released in 90 days.

What The Experts Say On Applied Materials:

  • Deutsche Bank has decided to maintain their Buy rating on Applied Materials, which currently sits at a price target of $135.
  • Barclays has decided to maintain their Equal-Weight rating on Applied Materials, which currently sits at a price target of $150.
  • Barclays has decided to maintain their Equal-Weight rating on Applied Materials, which currently sits at a price target of $125.
  • Morgan Stanley has decided to maintain their Equal-Weight rating on Applied Materials, which currently sits at a price target of $133.
  • B. Riley Securities has decided to maintain their Buy rating on Applied Materials, which currently sits at a price target of $145.

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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