Starbucks Unusual Options Activity

Someone with a lot of money to spend has taken a bearish stance on Starbucks SBUX.

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 SBUX, 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 Starbucks.

This isn't normal.

The overall sentiment of these big-money traders is split between 37% bullish and 62%, bearish.

Out of all of the special options we uncovered, 6 are puts, for a total amount of $298,959, and 10 are calls, for a total amount of $656,858.

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 $85.0 to $115.0 for Starbucks 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 Starbucks'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 Starbucks's whale trades within a strike price range from $85.0 to $115.0 in the last 30 days.

Starbucks 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
SBUX CALL TRADE BEARISH 01/19/24 $85.00 $139.0K 826 50
SBUX CALL SWEEP BEARISH 03/17/23 $100.00 $85.0K 4.8K 275
SBUX CALL SWEEP BEARISH 03/17/23 $100.00 $80.5K 4.8K 274
SBUX CALL SWEEP BULLISH 01/20/23 $101.00 $76.9K 550 0
SBUX PUT TRADE BULLISH 04/21/23 $105.00 $75.4K 692 185

Where Is Starbucks Standing Right Now?

  • With a volume of 4,182,025, the price of SBUX is up 1.57% at $106.07.
  • RSI indicators hint that the underlying stock may be approaching overbought.
  • Next earnings are expected to be released in 27 days.

What The Experts Say On Starbucks:

  • Jefferies downgraded its action to Hold with a price target of $100
  • Cowen & Co. has decided to maintain their Outperform rating on Starbucks, which currently sits at a price target of $112.
  • Barclays has decided to maintain their Overweight rating on Starbucks, which currently sits at a price target of $121.

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

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