Bulls target BMC Software at key level

By David Russell,

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BMC Software has pulled back to long-term support, and the bulls are stepping in.

optionMONSTER's Heat Seeker monitoring program detected the purchase of 1,000 February 34 calls for $1.87 and the sale of an equal number of February 37 calls for $0.80. Volume was more than 6 times open interest in both strikes.

The trade resulted in a cost of $1.07 and will earn a maximum profit of 180 percent if the stock closes at or above $37 on expiration. It's known as a bullish call spread because premium from selling the higher strikes is used to reduce the cost of the contracts that are closer to the money . (See our Education section)

BMC rose 0.69 percent to $33.56 yesterday but has lost more than one-third of its value in the last six months. The software stock had a big run between September 2010 and July 2011 but fell hard after issuing two mediocre financial reports in a row. (See researchLAB for more)

In the last month, however, BMC has been holding its ground around the same $33 level that has been a key consolidation area several times in the last five years. It also marked a peak back in 2001 as the tech bubble was collapsing, which could be leading some chart watchers to expect a bounce.

Overall option volume in the name was triple the daily average, with calls outnumbering puts by more than 80 to 1, according to the Heat Seeker.

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This article appears in: Investing Options
Referenced Stocks: BMC

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