Bulls want to ring up profits in Sprint

By David Russell,

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Someone apparently sees Sprint Nextel as the next comeback kid.

Our tracking systems detected the purchase of 77,000 January 2014 3 calls for $0.65 and the sale of 77,000 January 2014 5 calls for $0.22. Volume was more than 10 times open interest in each strike, and it was the largest transaction in the entire market yesterday.

Buying those 3 calls locks in a $3 entry price on the stock for the next 1-1/2 years while selling the 5 calls locks in a sale price of $5 over the same period. The trader paid $0.43 to own that spread, which would translate into a profit of 360 percent on a move back to $5.

S rose 0.74 percent yesterday to close at $2.74. The stock would have to almost double for that bullish call spread to reach its maximum value, but given how much more the trade could make on a percentage basis, one can see the kind of leverage that options can provide.

The drawback of the strategy is that if the debt-laden wireless company fails to rally, the entire position will expire worthless. (See our Education section)

Total option volume in S was 15 times greater than average yesterday, with calls outnumbering puts by a bullish 41-to-1 ratio.

(A version of this post appeared on InsideOptions Pro yesterday.)

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This article appears in: Investing Options
Referenced Stocks: S

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