Learn the trade here. Make it on tradeMONSTER

Options Trading News

December 13, 2012  Thu 3:47 AM CT

ALTR: SEE CHART GET CHAIN FIND STRATEGIES
Chip maker Altera is trying to break out of its recent range, and some traders apparently believe that it will succeed in the next six months.

optionMONSTER's Heat Seeker system detected the purchase of 1,231 June 34 calls yesterday, almost all of them going for $2.65. Open interest in the strike was just 14 contracts at the start of the session, so this is fresh buying.

The long calls are looking for ALTR to gain roughly 11 percent by mid-June 2013. These options could be sold earlier if premiums increase with a rally in the shares before then, but the calls will expire worthless if the stock doesn't rise at least to the $34 strike price. (See our Education section)

ALTR slipped 0.12 percent yesterday to close at $33.04 as it tried to recover from recent losses. Shares of the semiconductor company had gapped higher in July after beating quarterly estimates and raising its dividend but dropped sharply from above $38 to below $30 between mid-September and mid-October. Since then the stock has been trapped between about $30 and $32.50.

Calls outnumbered puts by more than 5 to 1, a reflection of yesterday's bullish sentiment.
Share this article with your friends


Premium Services

Free Webinars

Make Money in a Volatile Market

Education & Strategy

Analyzing a bipolar market

Economics hinges on the tenet that people, including investors and traders, act rationally and in their own best interests. But...

View more education articles »
optionMONSTER stockMONSTER tradeMONSTER