$CVE option bulls triple money

Cenovus Energy Inc (CVE) shares have been climbing higher this month, rewarding upside call positions.

On Aug. 5Market Rebellion’s Unusual Option Activity Service found that 7,700 September $18 calls were bought for $0.58 to $0.65 with shares at $16.24. This was clearly fresh buying, as open interest in the contract was just 6,032 before the activity appeared.

Those calls have traded for as much as $2.12 today, over triple their purchase prices. The stock rose 21.55% in the same time frame, a large move but nothing like that of its options on a relative basis.

Long calls lock in the price where investors can buy a stock, letting them position for a rally at limited cost with the potential for significant leverage. They carry less risk than owning shares because the most that can be lost is the price of the options no matter how far the stock might fall.

CVE was last at $19.33, down 1.88% on the session.

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