Bulls want to ring up gains in Vodafone
David Russell | email@example.com
optionMONSTER's tracking systems detected the purchase of 10,000 July 27 calls for $0.55. An equal number of July 23 puts was sold at the same time for $0.69.
The investor collected a small credit of $0.14, but the real money will be made to the upside. Should the global telecom rally, the calls owned will appreciate in value while the puts sold short will dwindle. If it fails to move, they'll keep the $0.14 and the position will expire worthless.
He or she is using the options to place a cheap bet on a rebound in the stock. They can only lose money if it closes below $23 on expiration--a level it hasn't breached in more than two years. (See our Education section for more on how options can be more effective trading instruments than common equity.)
VOD fell 2.37 percent to $25.33 in afternoon trading after getting downgraded to "underweight" at Bernstein. The stock is now back to a price area that's been support since late 2010, which could make some chart watchers believe that it will hold its ground or rebound.
Buyers have already played this level, piling into calls several times last month in hope of a bounce. Some of them more than doubled their money in the trades.
That bullish combination trade has pushed total volume in VOD to twice the daily average so far today.