Is Orderflow in Urban Outfitters, Inc. (URBN) Signaling Bullish Earnings?

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Urban Outfitters, Inc. (URBN) is a retailer that offers a variety of apparel and lifestyle products from number of different brands. The company operates over 500 stores in the U.S., Europe, and Canada. The company’s stock is currently trading around $39.07 in a 52 week range of $27.89-$40.67. The stock has been very strong this year with shares rallying over 11% year to date. The stock is also trading very well on a chart with shares trading well above the Ichimoku Cloud but inside of value for the month.

URBN is reporting earnings today after the market close. The stock has a relatively mixed performance record on earnings day. In the past 8 quarters the stock sold off 4 times and rallied 4 times with an average move of 4.6%. With stock at current levels the options market is implying a move of around $2.70 by March expiration. This implies that the stock could rally as high as $41.65 by option expiry. Even though the historical movement is mixed there has been some bullish options activity in URBN ahead of this release. We have seen several large blocks of calls bought in URBN. With the bullish orderflow and relatively bullish chart setup I will be looking for a long position in URBN into earnings.

Potential Trade: Buying the URBN Mar 41-12 Call Spreads for $0.25
Risk: $25 per 1 lot
Reward: Unlimited
Breakeven: $41.25

Andrew Keene

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