Palo Alto Networks Whale Trades For August 16

Palo Alto Networks Whale Trades For August 16


Someone with a lot of money to spend has taken a bearish stance on Palo Alto Networks PANW.

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 PANW, 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 10 uncommon options trades for Palo Alto Networks.

This isn't normal.

The overall sentiment of these big-money traders is split between 30% bullish and 70%, bearish.

Out of all of the special options we uncovered, 3 are puts, for a total amount of $264,960, and 7 are calls, for a total amount of $230,648.

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 $500.0 to $720.0 for Palo Alto Networks over the last 3 months.

Volume & Open Interest Development

In terms of liquidity and interest, the mean open interest for Palo Alto Networks options trades today is 418.22 with a total volume of 152.00.

In the following chart, we are able to follow the development of volume and open interest of call and put options for Palo Alto Networks's big money trades within a strike price range of $500.0 to $720.0 over the last 30 days.

Palo Alto Networks 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
PANW PUT TRADE BEARISH 01/20/23 $720.00 $121.8K 21 6
PANW PUT SWEEP BEARISH 08/19/22 $600.00 $117.0K 0 30
PANW CALL TRADE BULLISH 01/19/24 $540.00 $51.5K 25 6
PANW CALL TRADE BULLISH 09/16/22 $550.00 $34.5K 925 15
PANW CALL TRADE NEUTRAL 09/16/22 $540.00 $33.1K 447 33

Where Is Palo Alto Networks Standing Right Now?

  • With a volume of 390,460, the price of PANW is down -1.82% at $518.16.
  • RSI indicators hint that the underlying stock may be approaching overbought.
  • Next earnings are expected to be released in 6 days.

What The Experts Say On Palo Alto Networks:

  • Guggenheim downgraded its action to Buy with a price target of $625
  • Wolfe Research downgraded its action to Outperform with a price target of $700
  • Barclays has decided to maintain their Overweight rating on Palo Alto Networks, which currently sits at a price target of $605.

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.

If you want to stay updated on the latest options trades for Palo Alto Networks, Benzinga Pro gives you real-time options trades alerts.

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