Fast-money traders swarm Facebook
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optionMONSTER's Heat Seeker monitoring system detected money flowing into the short-term 24.50 weekly calls on Tuesday. More than 5,000 were purchased, mostly for $0.90 to $1.01. The contracts were in the money at the time, giving them a tight correlation to the social-media stock. For investors targeting a quick move, these were the perfect instruments.
They were already counting their profits the next day as FB advanced 3.53 percent to $26.09. But that was nothing compared with the move in the options, which at one point traded as high as $1.67. That's leverage of more than 16 times!
FB had been drifting lower since early February, when it stalled around the same $32 level that's been resistance since last summer, shortly after its initial public offering. But now it's bouncing around the same $25 level that was support in late 2012. It's also the 200-day moving average.
Some 281,000 contracts traded in FB yesterday, almost quadruple the daily average. Weeklies accounted for more than 30 percent of the total.