How bulls are playing for rally in gold
Jon "DRJ" Najarian | email@example.com
Yesterday our tracking systems detected some large bullish plays in the SPDR Gold Shares exchange-traded fund. Traders bought the November 180 calls and sold the November 210s for a net cost was $0.92. If the GLD reaches that $210 strike price, they stand to make $20 on that trade!
Buying calls locks in the purchase price of the shares, while selling them fixes the exit price. The strategy, known as a vertical spread in this case, controls a move between two stock prices at a tiny fraction of what it would cost buying the fund directly. Of course, the risk is that it doesn't rally, in which case the options expire worthless. (See our Education section)
The GLD fell 0.86 percent to $155.14 yesterday, continuing to trade in a range in place for the last three months. Our systems detected some huge GLD stock trades in addition to the option activity, including prints of 239,000 and 600,000 shares. Also yesterday, the fund's daily holdings rose for the first time in more than a month.
They're all looking for gold to go higher. So am I.
Disclosure: I am long GLD.
(A version of this post appeared on InsideOptions Pro yesterday.)