Option bulls rack up big $BP profits

Option bulls rack up big $BP profits

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BP (BP) has rallied alongside crude today, yielding exponential profits on upside option positions.

On Feb. 7Market Rebellion’s Unusual Activity programs detected the the purchase 4,900 Weekly $37 calls, expiring today, for $0.20 to $0.55 with shares at $36.19. The volume was well above the contract’s previous open interest of 1,769 which indicated that this was a new position.

Those calls traded for as much as $3.85 today, at least 7 times their purchase prices. The stock rose 12.77% in the same time frame, a large move but nowhere near 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.

BP was last up by 2.87% at $40.68 today.

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