Bulls run on Frontier Communications

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Frontier Communications has been making steadily higher lows since March 2009, and now traders are using options in hope of riding a rally higher.

optionMONSTER's Heat Seeker tracking system detected the purchase of more than 12,000 July 5 calls for $2.95 against no existing open interest. The trade pushed options volume in the rural phone company to 17 times greater than average.

FTR Chart FTR rose 0.58 percent to $8 in afternoon trading. The shares have been moving mostly sideways since the October 2008 stock-market crash, but keep rebounding at higher levels on each pullback.

The company has spent more than a year taking over more than 4 million telephone lines from Verizon Communications. Part of the deal includes a spinoff company that will subsequently be merged with FTR.

Today's call buyer seems to think the stock will rally as the transaction is completed. Purchasing in-the-money contracts allows him or her to leverage small gains in the share price. Because they have a delta of 1, the options will appreciate on a dollar-for-dollar basis with the stock.

As a result, if FTR climbs 25 percent to $10, the calls will gain about 69 percent. The strategy is a relatively low-cost way that the leveraging power of options can be used to amplify movements in a share price. (See our Education section)

Calls outnumbered puts in the name by more than 8 to 1 today, which reflects the bullish sentiment.

(Chart courtesy of tradeMONSTER)



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