$UBER option bulls score at highs

$UBER option bulls score at highs


Option traders are booking big profits on upside positions in Uber (UBER) today.

On Jan. 12Market Rebellion’s Unusual Option Activity Service found that 17,000 February $70 calls were bought for $1.16 to $1.21 with shares at $63.44. This was clearly fresh buying, as open interest in the contract was 16,603 before the activity appeared.

Those calls have traded for as much as $11.80 today, a 875.21% return, while the stock rose 28.91% in the same time period, underscoring how options can far outperform their underlying shares.

Long calls lock in the price where a stock can be purchased, gaining with a rally and providing leverage to the underlying shares. The contracts can quickly lose value if the stock stalls or pulls back but also carry less risk than owning the shares themselves.

UBER was last at $81.63, up 3.13% on the session.

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