Monday, January 11, 2010
Altman Z"-score pairs trade: Long OII; Short TRMA
As of Friday's close, Short Screen showed an Altman Z"-Score of -0.13 for Trico Marine Services (Nasdaq: TRMA) and an Altman Z"-score of 9 for Oceaneering International (NYSE: OII). Recall that Z"-scores below 1.1 indicate financial distress and risk of bankruptcy, and scores above 2.6 indicate financial strength (scores in between are in the gray zone). Today I shorted TRMA at $5.31 per share and bought an equivalent dollar amount of OII at $64.70 per share.