$UAL call options take to the skies

$UAL call options take to the skies

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Option traders are racking up gains in United Airlines (UAL) today.

On Apr. 10Market Rebellion’s Unusual Activity Service found that 10,000 May $46 calls were bought for $1.24 with shares at $42.15. This was clearly fresh buying, as open interest in the contract before the activity appeared was just 6,416.

Those calls have sold for as much as $2.58 today, a 108.06% return, while the stock rose 10.49% 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.

UAL has jumped 12.55% to last trade at $46.71 today.

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