$TXN call buyers see profits

$TXN call buyers see profits

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Bullish option traders are seeing profits in their upside positions on Texas Instruments Inc (TXN) today.

On Apr. 23Market Rebellion’s Unusual Activity Service found that 2,500 June $175 calls were bought for $3.95 with shares at $166.14. Volume was well above the strike’s open interest of 2,050 contracts, indicating that this was clearly fresh buying.

Those calls have sold for as much as $24.70 today, a 525.32% return, while the stock rose 19.56% 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.

TXN was up 3.48% today to close at $145.98.

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