|Bid||19.62 x 2900|
|Ask||19.64 x 1400|
|Day's Range||19.02 - 19.65|
|52 Week Range||11.87 - 41.14|
|Beta (5Y Monthly)||2.09|
|PE Ratio (TTM)||N/A|
|Earnings Date||Oct 16, 2020 - Oct 20, 2020|
|Forward Dividend & Yield||0.50 (2.59%)|
|Ex-Dividend Date||Sep 01, 2020|
|1y Target Est||23.32|
OIl-services giant Schlumberger has seen its stock lose more than half its market value so far this year as the energy sector took on “a double black swan event.” Director Mark Papa bought nearly $300,000 of Schlumberger shares.
Schlumberger (NYSE: SLB) shares experienced unusual options activity on Wednesday. The stock price moved up to $19.67 following the option alert. * Sentiment: BULLISH * Option Type: SWEEP * Trade Type: CALL * Expiration Date: 2020-09-18 * Strike Price: $22.50 * Volume: 844 * Open Interest: 43983 Signs of Unusual Options Activity Exceptionally large volume is one way options activity can be considered unusual. The volume of options activity refers to the number of shares contracts traded for a day. Contracts that have been traded, but not closed by a counter-party, are called open interest. A purchased contract cannot be considered closed until there exists both a buyer and seller for the option.A contract with an expiration date in the distant future is another tell of unusual activity. Generally, additional time until a contract expires increases the potential for it to reach its strike price and grow its time value. Time value is important in this context because it represents the difference between the strike price and the value of the underlying asset."Out of the money" contracts are unusual because they are purchased with a strike price far from the underlying asset price. "Out of the money" occurs when the underlying price is under the strike price on a call option, or above the strike price on a put option. Buyers and sellers try to take advantage of a large profit margin in these instances because they are expecting the value of the underlying asset to change dramatically in the future.Understanding Sentiment Options are "bullish" when a call is purchased at/near ask price or a put is sold at/near bid price. Options are "bearish" when a call is sold at/near bid price or a put is bought at/near ask price.These observations are made without knowing the investor's true intent by purchasing these options contracts. The activity is suggestive of these strategies, but an observer cannot be sure if a bettor is playing the contract outright or if the options bettor is hedging a large underlying position in common stock. For the latter case, bullish options activity may be less meaningful than the exposure a large investor has on their short position in common stock.Using These Options Strategies Unusual options activity is an advantageous strategy that may greatly reward an investor if they are highly skilled, but for the less experienced trader, it should remain as another tool to make an educated investment decision while taking other observations into account.For more information to understand options alerts, visit https://pro.benzinga.help/en/articles/1769505-how-do-i-understand-options-alertsSee more from Benzinga * Benzinga's Top Upgrades, Downgrades For July 27, 2020 * A Look Into Schlumberger's Debt * Recap: Schlumberger Q2 Earnings(C) 2020 Benzinga.com. Benzinga does not provide investment advice. All rights reserved.