Option traders are racking up big profits today on upside positions opened in Barrick Gold (GOLD) only a session earlier.
On Nov. 27, Market Rebellion’s Unusual Option Activity Service found that 2,300 Weekly $17 calls, expiring Dec. 1, were bought for $0.07 to $0.09 with shares at $16.47. This was clearly fresh buying, as open interest in the contract was just 1,486 before the activity appeared.
Those calls traded for as much as $12.55 today, a 333.33% return, while the stock rose 5.34% 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.
GOLD was last up on the day by 4.77% to $17.36.
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