$MPW put prices on the rise

$MPW put prices on the rise

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Option traders who opened upside positions in Medical Properties Trust Inc (MPW) last month are now seeing big rewards.

On Jul. 28Market Rebellion’s Unusual Activity Service found that 12,900 August $9.50 puts were bought for $0.17 to $0.24 above the existing open interest of 914 contracts with shares at $10.39.

Those puts have traded for as much as $3.09 this session, a 1,187.50% return, while the stock fell 38.02% in the same time frame, illustrating the kind of leverage that can be achieved quickly with options.

Long puts lock in the price where a stock can be sold no matter how far it might drop, gaining value in a selloff with the potential for significant leverage. The contracts can be purchased either as an outright bearish bet or a hedge on a long-stock position.

MPW was last down 8.2% at $6.88.

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