Call buyers look for DDR rebound
Mike Yamamoto | [email protected]
optionMONSTER's Heat Seeker system detected heavy buying in the January 15 calls, which traded just shy of 3,000 contracts for $1.35 to $1.40 yesterday. Open interest was just 19 contracts before the trades appeared, showing that these are new positions.
These long calls lock in the price where traders can buy the stock though mid-January no matter how far it might rise. But the contracts, which will track the share price closely because they are in the money, will quickly lose value if the stock doesn't climb soon. (See our Education section)
DDR was up 0.32 percent yesterday to close at $15.81, down 19 percent since its 52-week high reached in mid-May. Shares tried to recover in July but fell again after hitting resistance near $18 and have been trading sideways at current levels for the last several weeks.
Total option volume in the name was just shy of 3,700, compared with a daily average of just 27 contracts in the last month. Only 10 puts changed hands in the session, a reflection of the session's bullish sentiment.