Upside positions in Delta Air Lines, Inc. (DAL) are flying higher today.
On Mar. 29, Market Rebellion’s Unusual Activity Service found that 8,500 June $35 calls were bought as part of a complex bullish spread for $1.70 to $1.72 with shares at $33.30. This was clearly fresh buying, as open interest in the strike was just 4,759 contracts before the activity appeared.
Those calls have sold for as much as $6.40 today, a 272.09% return, while the stock rose 24.2% in the same time period, underscoring how options can far outperform their underlying shares.
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.
DAL settled the session up 3.38% at $41.56 today.
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