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Looking At Mastercard's Recent Whale Trades

Someone with a lot of money to spend has taken a bearish stance on Mastercard (NYSE: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.

Benzinga · 06/09/2022 13:36

Someone with a lot of money to spend has taken a bearish stance on Mastercard (NYSE: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 13 uncommon options trades for Mastercard.

This isn't normal.

The overall sentiment of these big-money traders is split between 38% bullish and 61%, bearish.

Out of all of the special options we uncovered, 4 are puts, for a total amount of $406,141, and 9 are calls, for a total amount of $636,210.

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 $280.0 to $390.0 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 $280.0 to $390.0 in the last 30 days.

Mastercard Option Volume And Open Interest Over Last 30 Days

Options Call Chart

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 $352.50 $183.7K 216 350
MA PUT SWEEP BULLISH 09/16/22 $320.00 $122.4K 741 117
MA CALL SWEEP BEARISH 01/20/23 $345.00 $117.8K 123 27
MA CALL SWEEP BEARISH 01/20/23 $350.00 $110.2K 494 0
MA CALL SWEEP BULLISH 01/20/23 $345.00 $104.6K 123 88

Where Is Mastercard Standing Right Now?

  • With a volume of 779,064, the price of MA is down -1.5% at $356.91.
  • RSI indicators hint that the underlying stock may be approaching overbought.
  • Next earnings are expected to be released in 49 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 Mastercard, Benzinga Pro gives you real-time options trades alerts.