Mastercard Whale Trades Spotted

Someone with a lot of money to spend has taken a bearish stance on Mastercard MA.

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 MA, 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 12 uncommon options trades for Mastercard.

This isn't normal.

The overall sentiment of these big-money traders is split between 41% bullish and 58%, bearish.

Out of all of the special options we uncovered, 6 are puts, for a total amount of $614,620, and 6 are calls, for a total amount of $192,697.

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 $200.0 to $420.0 for Mastercard over the last 3 months.

Volume & Open Interest Development

Looking at the volume and open interest is a powerful move while trading options. This data can help you track the liquidity and interest for Mastercard'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 Mastercard's whale trades within a strike price range from $200.0 to $420.0 in the last 30 days.

Mastercard 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
MA PUT SWEEP BEARISH 06/17/22 $320.00 $174.7K 1.7K 228
MA PUT TRADE NEUTRAL 08/19/22 $420.00 $130.5K 1 30
MA PUT TRADE BULLISH 08/19/22 $420.00 $126.3K 1 15
MA PUT TRADE BEARISH 06/17/22 $310.00 $106.0K 1.6K 215
MA CALL TRADE BEARISH 01/20/23 $375.00 $46.0K 978 21

Symbol PUT/CALL Trade Type Sentiment Exp. Date Strike Price Total Trade Price Open Interest Volume
MA PUT SWEEP BEARISH 06/17/22 $320.00 $174.7K 1.7K 228
MA PUT TRADE NEUTRAL 08/19/22 $420.00 $130.5K 1 30
MA PUT TRADE BULLISH 08/19/22 $420.00 $126.3K 1 15
MA PUT TRADE BEARISH 06/17/22 $310.00 $106.0K 1.6K 215
MA CALL TRADE BEARISH 01/20/23 $375.00 $46.0K 978 21

Where Is Mastercard Standing Right Now?

  • With a volume of 864,132, the price of MA is up 0.44% at $333.68.
  • RSI indicators hint that the underlying stock is currently neutral between overbought and oversold.
  • Next earnings are expected to be released in 69 days.

What The Experts Say On Mastercard:

  • Raymond James has decided to maintain their Outperform rating on Mastercard, which currently sits at a price target of $442.
  • Barclays has decided to maintain their Overweight rating on Mastercard, which currently sits at a price target of $430.
  • Citigroup has decided to maintain their Buy rating on Mastercard, which currently sits at a price target of $453.
  • RBC Capital has decided to maintain their Outperform rating on Mastercard, which currently sits at a price target of $417.
  • Piper Sandler downgraded its action to Underweight with a price target of $357

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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