Gap Stores (GPS) loses 6 cents to $23.65 and a Mar 25 – Jun 23 call spread is sold on the stock at $1.66, 6000X. Open interest in the Jun 23s is 10,951 and the second largest in GPS. The spread might sell-to-close a position, as the contract is 65 cents in-the-money, and roll to the March 25s, which are apparently being bought-to-open today. Volume is apporaching 8,000 contracts and also includes a recent multi-exchange sweep of 1500 contracts at the 16-cent asking price. March 25 calls on Gap Stores are 5.7 percent OTM and epxiring in 16 days. Today’s buyers might be looking for a pop in the stock tomorrow when the apparel retailer releases February monthly same store sales results. The stock jumped 10.6 percent on Feb 2 when numbers were last released and have added another 9.8 percent since that time. GPS touched a 52-week high Tuesday.
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