Morgan Stanley Whale Trades For August 17

Morgan Stanley Whale Trades For August 17


Someone with a lot of money to spend has taken a bearish stance on Morgan Stanley MS.

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 MS, 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 Morgan Stanley.

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, 5 are puts, for a total amount of $1,504,300, and 7 are calls, for a total amount of $1,451,884.

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 $65.0 to $95.0 for Morgan Stanley over the last 3 months.

Volume & Open Interest Development

In terms of liquidity and interest, the mean open interest for Morgan Stanley options trades today is 2324.42 with a total volume of 4,718.00.

In the following chart, we are able to follow the development of volume and open interest of call and put options for Morgan Stanley's big money trades within a strike price range of $65.0 to $95.0 over the last 30 days.

Morgan Stanley 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
MS CALL TRADE NEUTRAL 01/20/23 $95.00 $1.0M 6.8K 2.0K
MS PUT TRADE BEARISH 03/17/23 $90.00 $906.0K 110 1.2K
MS PUT TRADE BEARISH 06/16/23 $87.50 $508.8K 1.3K 641
MS CALL SWEEP BEARISH 11/18/22 $82.50 $109.6K 913 119
MS CALL SWEEP BEARISH 11/18/22 $85.00 $96.6K 1.7K 127

Where Is Morgan Stanley Standing Right Now?

  • With a volume of 3,711,990, the price of MS is down -0.28% at $91.56.
  • RSI indicators hint that the underlying stock may be overbought.
  • Next earnings are expected to be released in 58 days.

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 Morgan Stanley, Benzinga Pro gives you real-time options trades alerts.

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