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February 15, 2013  Fri 5:14 AM CT

HPQ: SEE CHART GET CHAIN FIND STRATEGIES
Some old tech names have recently come back from the dead, and now the bulls are betting that Hewlett-Packard is ready to make another move.

optionMONSTER's Heat Seeker system detected heavy buying in the March 18 calls, which traded in large institutional size for $0.36 to $0.40. Volume surged past 28,000 in the session, including one giant block of 17,000 contracts.

These calls lock in the price where investors can buy shares in the iconic Silicon Valley company. They stand to generate some nice leverage if it keeps rallying but could also dwindle in value if the shares don't move. The stock already handed traders giant profits in November as it lifted from a 10-year low. (See our Education section)

HPQ rose 0.12 percent yesterday to close at $17.03. Other technology veterans including Nokia, Sony, Dell, and BlackBerry have also made big moves in recent months after major selloffs.

Total option volume in HPQ was twice its daily average, with calls outnumbering puts by almost 5 to 1.

(A version of this post appeared on InsideOptions Pro yesterday.)
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