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May 6, 2014  Tue 4:45 AM CT

BP: SEE CHART GET CHAIN FIND STRATEGIES
A large trader is looking for BP to break out of a six-month range.

optionMONSTER's Heat Seeker system shows that 5,700 July 47 calls were sold for the bid price of $3.80 as 5,700 October 52.50 calls were bought for the ask price of $0.99 yesterday. Volume was below previous open interest in the nearer-term contracts but above it in the later strike.

The investor is apparently closing the July calls, which are now well in the money, and rolling the position to the higher strike three months later while taking some money off the table in process. The new long calls are looking for BP to climb to new four-year highs by mid-October but will expire worthless if shares remain below $52.50. (See our Education section)

BP was down fractionally yesterday to close at $50.81. Since gapping up from below $44 last October, the energy company has been bouncing mostly between $46 and its $51--its highest level since May 2010.

Total option volume in BP topped 23,600 contracts yesterday, triple its daily average for the last month. Overall calls outpaced puts by more than 3.5 to 1.
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