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October 18, 2016  Tue 8:02 AM CT

A large investor is betting that Tesla Motors will accelerate by Thanksgiving.

optionMONSTER's tracking program detected the purchase of 3,970 November 200 calls for $7.35 and the sale of 3,970 November 215 calls for $2.90 yesterday. Volume was well above the open interest in both strikes, showing that these are new positions.

This vertical spread is looking for TSLA to rally above $200 by expiration in mid-November. The sale of the higher-strike contracts reduces the cost of the long calls but limits potential gains, as the trader will be obligated to sell shares if they rise above $215. (See our Education section)

TSLA fell 1.3 percent to $193.96 yesterday and is down 13 percent in the last three months. The electric-car maker is scheduled to announce quarterly results after the close on Oct. 26.

Overall option volume was about average in TSLA yesterday.

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