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Bulls Bet on AI While Bears Pounce as MARA Finally Has a Down Day

by | Dec 28, 2023

It may be a low-volume, holiday-shortened week, but there’s no slowing the orders hitting the News Flow Scanner…

And we finally saw one of 2023’s market darlings, Marathon Digital (Nasdaq: MARA), take a dive, and the bears were hot on the trail of this crypto miner!

MARA was up nearly 700% year to date coming into Thursday’s trading action, but a couple of hours before the open, it dropped from flat to down 7.5%. 

And that was just the beginning as it continued to free fall until just before lunch time, down as much as 11% to under $28 a share on the day with bears hopping on board for the ride in a number of shorts bets. 

They grabbed the Jan. 26 expiration, $27 strike puts, the January monthly puts in the $28.50 and $30 strikes, and then went way out to the March monthly $27 puts. 

Then right after lunchtime came the coup de grâce… a $1.2 MILLION order in the January $27 puts. Now that’s some serious premium!

But the bears weren’t the only ones active on Thursday…

We also saw bullish bets in names like Google parent Alphabet and C3.AI, so check out the day’s top flow below!

Thursday’s Top Order Flow: 

  • MARA Jan24 Strike: 27 Puts premium: $1,184,164 ASK BEARISH
    Trade Date: December 28, 2023 Trade Time: 12:05 pm
  • GOOGL Apr24 Strike: 120 Calls premium: $311,535 ASK BULLISH
    Trade Date: December 28, 2023 Trade Time: 11:35 am
  • AI Jan24 Strike: 27.5 Calls premium: $584,764 ABOVE ASK BULLISH
    Trade Date: December 28, 2023 Trade Time: 11:07 am

Note: If no date is listed after the month, it’s the monthly expiration (third Friday). 

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WRITTEN BY<br>Lance Ippolito

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