Bulls bet CBS will get its mojo back
David Russell | [email protected]
optionMONSTER's Heat Seeker tracking program detected the purchase of about 10,000 May 62.50 calls yesterday, most of which priced for $1.65 to $1.75. The volume was almost triple the previous open interest in the strike, indicating that new positions were initiated.
Long calls lock in the price where investors can buy a stock, letting them cheaply position for a rally. The contracts can generate significant upside leverage but can expire worthless if the stock remains below $62.50. (See our Education section)
CBS fell 3.82 percent to $59.98 yesterday, following a 3 percent pop just one session earlier. The media name has been a steady winner for the last two years, and yesterday's call buyers are looking for stock to resume its uptrend after pulling back since mid-March. The company's next earnings report is scheduled for May 8.
Total option volume in CBS was triple its daily average for the last month, with calls outnumbering puts by more than 4 to 1.
(A version of this post appeared on InsideOptions Pro yesterday.)