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August 23, 2013  Fri 9:34 AM CT

MGM: SEE CHART GET CHAIN FIND STRATEGIES
Long-term call selling tops today's option trade in MGM Resorts as shares climb to their highest levels in five years.

The January 2015 22 calls dominate the action in the casino operator this morning. optionMONSTER systems detected the sale of 6,250 of those calls for $1.61 against previous open interest of 1,449 contracts at that strike, clearly showing that this is a new position.

The calls could have been sold naked with an initial bearish bias, but they wree more likely traded against long shares in a covered-call position. The latter would be bullish up to, but not beyond, that $22 price strike price.

MGM is up 0.28 percent to $17.87, trading at its highest level since 2008. Shares bounced off support at $9 in the middle of November.
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