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July 19, 2013  Fri 9:43 AM CT

FB: SEE CHART GET CHAIN FIND STRATEGIES
A huge trade in Facebook is apparently aimed at protecting shares against a pullback.

More than 191,000 FB options have traded so far, more than twice its daily average in the last month. Much of the volume is in a January 2015 combination.

optionMONSTER systems show that a trader bought 60,000 of the 22 puts at that long-term strike for the ask price of $2.50 and sold the same number of the 32 calls for $2.18. These are new opening trades, as volume was above the previous open interest at both strikes.

The overall trade is very likely a collar to protect a long-stock position. This could be a fund with a large holding in FB or someone within the company who is looking to hedge a concentrated position. (See our Education section)

FB is down 1.53 percent to $25.78 this morning. Shares of the social-networking company dipped to support at $23 in early June, but Wednesday's close was its highest since mid-May. The stock has only posted only one close above $32 in the last year, at its February high.
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