Anadarko Petroleum bull ups the ante
David Russell | [email protected]
optionMONSTER's Heat Seeker tracking program detected the purchase of 25,870 February 80 calls for $2.42. Seconds later, 20,696 February 75 calls were sold for $4.25 against previous open interest.
This suggests that the trader bought the February 75s at a previous date, made money on those calls, and then rolled the position to the February 80 strike. The trader collected $2.5 million in the process, which may have been the initial investment.
The number of contracts owned was also increased, which will provide enhanced leverage in the event of a big rally. (See our Education section for more on how option strategies can be tailored to specific market expectations.)
APC is up 0.67 percent to $72.77 this morning and 11 percent in the last month. The oil and natural-gas company is now back near the top of its recent trading range, which could be leading some chart watchers to believe that the stock is at risk of a pullback. Today's call roll matches that belief because the investor recovered some of his or her capital while remaining positioned for a potential breakout.
Total option volume is quadruple the daily average so far in the session, according to the Heat Seeker. Calls outnumbered puts by more than 100 to 1.