Will Tripadvisor’s Top Institutional Shareholders Increase Their Holdings From This Options Activity?

Year-to-date, Tripadvisor’s (TRIP) shares are up 34.71 percent. On Wednesday, otionMONSTER’s tracking systems found a sale of approximately 3,800 January 33 puts priced between $4 to $4.10. Prior to the new activity, there had been no open interest in the strike price prior to the trade’s appearance.

Tripadvisors stock rose $1.81 on the news.  After rising in May on positive earnings and revenue news, the company’s shares have been down since its July 24 earnings report disclosed its top line was behind estimates.

With news of the options position, will Tripadvisor’s largest shareholders increase their holdings? 151 institutional firms indicated owning shares of Tripadvisor (NASDAQ:TRIP) in Q2 2012. These firms reported owning a total of 23.2 million shares on 06/30/2012. The shares closed at $44.69 on 06/30/2012.

Here are the ten largest positions in Tripadvisor at the end of June 30th, 2012.

Lloyds Banking Group PLC held 2,158,608 shares on 06/30/2012 worth $96,468,189. This brought the portfolio total to 1.05%.

Calamos Advisors LLC held 1,465,660 shares on 06/30/2012 worth $65,500,343. This brought the portfolio total to 0.32%.

Columbus Circle Investors held 1,413,836 shares on 06/30/2012 worth $63,184,329. This brought the portfolio total to 0.52%.

Baillie Gifford & Co held 1,338,743 shares on 06/30/2012 worth $59,828,423. This brought the portfolio total to 0.22%.

Prudential PLC held 1,191,238 shares on 06/30/2012 worth $53,236,425. This brought the portfolio total to 0.32%.

Ontario Teachers Pension Plan Board held 1,171,566 shares on 06/30/2012 worth $52,357,283. This brought the portfolio total to 0.37%.

JPMorgan Chase & Co held 1,077,499 shares on 06/30/2012 worth $48,153,429. This brought the portfolio total to 0.02%.

TCW Group Inc held 1,010,364 shares on 06/30/2012 worth $45,153,166. This brought the portfolio total to 0.23%.

Mitsubishi UFJ Trust & Banking Corp held 953,617 shares on 06/30/2012 worth $42,617,142. This brought the portfolio total to 0.12%.

Bank of New York Mellon Corp held 874,784 shares on 06/30/2012 worth $39,094,096. This brought the portfolio total to 0.02%.

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