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February 14, 2013  Thu 9:27 AM CT

ZNGA: SEE CHART GET CHAIN FIND STRATEGIES
A long-term trade sees little upside for Zynga.

optionMONSTER systems show that one block of 8,151 January 4.50 calls was sold for the bid price of $0.44. The volume was more than twice the strike's open interest at the start of the session, clearly showing that this is a new position.

The calls could have been sold naked as a bet that the stock will stay below the $4.50 strike price in the coming year. But it is more like that they were traded against long shares in a covered call strategy, which would be bullish up to that level but would not see any gains above it. (See our Education section)

ZNGA is up 1.6 percent at $3.22 this morning, but those gains barely put a dent in the losses of the previous two days. The social-gaming company was at $3.75 on Monday, its highest price since gapping down with earnings results in July.
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