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October 14, 2016  Fri 7:16 AM CT

Traders are looking for Ctrip.com to rally by Christmas.

optionMONSTER's monitoring program shows that about 4,700 December 47 calls were purchased for $2.25 to $2.40 yesterday. This represents new positioning, as volume well surpassed the strike's open interest of 940 contracts.

Long calls lock in the price where investors can buy stock, allowing them to profit from a rally with limited capital at risk. Their cheap cost can also generate significant leverage on a percentage basis if shares move in the right direction. (See our Education section)

CTRP fell 0.09 percent to $46.31 yesterday but is up more than 8 percent in the last month. The Chinese online travel agency is expected to report earnings after the close on Nov. 16.

Overall option volume in the name was twice its daily average yesterday. Calls outnumbered puts by a bullish 4-to-1 ratio.

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