11 Companies Releasing Earnings This Week With Bearish Options Sentiment

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 |  Includes: ASML, BLK, JBHT, KMR, KNL, MAT, PGR, SCHW, SVU, UFPI, WBS
by: Kapitall

This week kicks off earnings season for the first quarter, so it’s the perfect time to look at the recent sentiment surrounding those reporting.

We found 11 names on this week’s roster that have seen rising put/call ratios within the last ten trading days, indicating bearish options sentiment. These names, as well as other pertinent data, are listed below.

More options investors now believe these stocks are vulnerable to a pullback - do you agree?



List sorted by increase in put/call ratio.

1. Charles Schwab Corp. (NYSE:SCHW): Investment Brokerage Industry. Market cap of $22.12B. The company is reporting earnings on 4/15/11. Put/Call ratio has increased 59.09% over the last two weeks (from 0.22 to 0.35). The stock has lost 4.82% over the last year.



2. Universal Forest Products Inc. (NASDAQ:UFPI): Lumber, Wood Production Industry. Market cap of $700.96M. The company is reporting earnings on 4/13/11. Put/Call ratio has increased 49.79% over the last two weeks (from 2.39 to 3.58). The stock is a short squeeze candidate, with a short float at 5.09% (equivalent to 10.16 days of average volume). The stock has lost 13.95% over the last year.



3. JB Hunt Transport Services Inc. (NASDAQ:JBHT): Trucking Industry. Market cap of $5.37B. The company is reporting earnings on 4/14/11. Put/Call ratio has increased 37.50% over the last two weeks (from 0.16 to 0.22). The stock has gained 24.43% over the last year.



4. SUPERVALU Inc. (NYSE:SVU): Grocery Stores Industry. Market cap of $2.0B. The company is reporting earnings on 4/14/11. Put/Call ratio has increased 31.37% over the last two weeks (from 1.02 to 1.34). Short float at 23.19% (equivalent to 5.92 days of average volume), indicating the stock is a short squeeze candidate. The stock has had a good month, gaining 22.5%.

5. BlackRock, Inc. (NYSE:BLK): Asset Management Industry. Market cap of $37.61B. The company is reporting earnings on 4/15/11. Put/Call ratio has increased 28.28% over the last two weeks (from 0.99 to 1.27). The stock has lost 2.18% over the last year.

6. Knoll Inc. (NYSE:KNL): Business Equipment Industry. Market cap of $944.92M. The company is reporting earnings on 4/15/11. Put/Call ratio has increased 23.48% over the last two weeks (from 1.15 to 1.42). It's been a rough couple of days for the stock, losing 7.66% over the last week.

7. Webster Financial Corp. (NYSE:WBS): Regional Bank. Market cap of $1.88B. The company is reporting earnings on 4/15/11. Put/Call ratio has increased 16.67% over the last two weeks (from 0.18 to 0.21). The stock is a short squeeze candidate, with a short float at 6.06% (equivalent to 7.64 days of average volume). The stock has gained 11.83% over the last year.

8. Kinder Morgan Management LLC (NYSE:KMR): Oil & Gas Pipelines Industry. Market cap of $6.08B. The company is reporting earnings on 4/14/11. Put/Call ratio has increased 7.69% over the last two weeks (from 0.13 to 0.14). The stock has gained 10.2% over the last year.

9. Mattel Inc. (NASDAQ:MAT): Toys & Games Industry. Market cap of $8.82B. The company is reporting earnings on 4/15/11. Put/Call ratio has increased 7.58% over the last two weeks (from 0.66 to 0.71). MAT offers a good dividend, and appears to have good liquidity to back it up--dividend yield at 3.63%, current ratio at 2.39, and quick ratio at 2.05. The stock has gained 13.61% over the last year.

10. ASML Holding NV (NASDAQ:ASML): Semiconductor Equipment & Materials Industry. Market cap of $18.27B. The company is reporting earnings on 4/13/11. Put/Call ratio has increased 5.13% over the last two weeks (from 0.39 to 0.41). The stock has gained 18.13% over the last year.

11. Progressive Corp. (NYSE:PGR): Property & Casualty Insurance Industry. Market cap of $14.0B. The company is reporting earnings on 4/14/11. Put/Call ratio has increased 3.09% over the last two weeks (from 0.97 to 1). The stock has gained 12.07% over the last year.

*Options data sourced from Schaeffer’s, earnings date and all other data sourced from Finviz.


Disclosure: I have no positions in any stocks mentioned, and no plans to initiate any positions within the next 72 hours.