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October 23, 2012  Tue 3:47 AM CT

Hertz has been stuck in neutral for months, but one trader is betting that it will shift into high gear.

optionMONSTER's Heat Seeker system detected the purchase of 4,000 December 14 calls in a single print for $1.15. The volume was nearly 5 times open interest in the strike at the beginning of the day, so this was clearly a new position.

HTZ slipped a penny yesterday to close at $14.33. The car-rental giant gapped higher and drew repeated call buying after Dollar Thrifty accepted the company's buyout offer in late August, but shares have traded sideways since then.

Yesterday's long calls are looking for the stock to gain roughly 6 percent by mid-December. The trader could sell those options earlier at a profit in the event of a rally, but they will expire worthless if the shares don't move.

Calls outnumbered puts by more than 8 to 1, a reflection of the bullish sentiment.
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