Bullish option traders’ upside positions are scoring today in the iShares US Real Estate ETF (IYR) as shares trade higher.
On Nov. 13, Market Rebellion’s Unusual Option Activity Service found that 15,400 November $78 calls were bought for $0.63 to $0.66 with shares at $77.54. This was clearly fresh buying, as open interest in the contract was just 4,358 before the activity appeared.
Those calls have traded for as much as $4.15 this session, a 528.79% return, while the stock rose 5.81% at the same time, underscoring how quickly 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.
The IYR was last up 0.17% to $82.09.
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