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Short squeeze at play

NASDAQ:GPRO   GOPRO INC
TOO MUCH BAD NEWS IN THE PRICE?
All it took was a positive comment from the Pacific Crest analyst yesterday, about the upcoming earnings and the prospects for Karma             , to take the stock 10% up in 3x average volume . Short interest has been so high on GPRO             and the stock has been so neglected in the recent rally that any marginally positive presumption (not even news) seems to want to take the stock higher. This is encouraging ahead of earnings , and points to the amount of negative expectations built into the stock right now.

EXCITING TECHNICAL BREAKOUT
Yesterday gave us a proper, solid breakout:
- Gap up at the open;
- Close above the open;
- Heavy trading volume ;
- Back in the previous consolidation channel.

EARNINGS COMING UP: WHAT TO DO?
Current holders should continue to hold, in case the short squeeze extends into earnings . Volatility has subsided somewhat but remains elevated, which means non-owners should build a synthetic position to take advantage of this situation while being exposed to further upside.

CREDIT OPTIONS STRATEGY
SELL GPRO             17FEB17 $9 PUT = +$0.39 (ind.)
BUY GPRO             17FEB17 $11 PUT = -$0.28 (ind.)
TOTAL = $0.11/SHARE

RISK AND REWARD?
Get paid to wait for a continuation of the breakout.
Main risk: Company disappoints, stock crashes, investor gets assigned the shares at $9.
Best case: Stock trades above $11, investor makes money on both options or buys the shares at $11.
Kommentar: The meaningful breakout we highlighted and hailed exactly one week ago (on 24/01/17), has just found some encouraging follow-through: Yesterday the stock flew >7% on 2x average daily volume, with seemingly no news to justify the move.

Digging a little deeper, one finds a subtle 13-G SEC filing showing that venerable asset manager Blackrock now owns 6% of GPRO's shares! This is in addition to the appointment of a new COO... All taking place yesterday. In other words, the restructuring is indeed going on, and smart money is flocking to the stock, providing further credence to the ongoing short squeeze.

Our credit options strategy highlighted above is now in the money (Please read BUY GPRO 7.25% 17FEB17 $11 CALL = -$0.28 instead of BUY GPRO 7.25% 17FEB17 $11 PUT = -$0.28) and the call is 1.5% away from the strike. Stay long into earnings (Wed) and/or hang on to your call.
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