United Continental is surging today, but one investor is worried
it may come back to earth.
optionMONSTER's Depth Charge tracking system detected the purchase
of 5,000 March 29 puts for $0.10 and the sale of an equal number of
March 28 puts for $0.04. Volume was more than triple the previous
open interest at each strike, clearly indicating that this is new
The trade cost just $0.06 and is highly leveraged to a quick drop
in the share price, earning a profit of 1,566 percent on a move to
$28 by the end of next week. (See our
section for more on the strategy, which is known as a
bearish put spread
UAL is up 6.55 percent to $31.55 in afternoon trading and has risen
59 percent in the last six months.
have been among the strongest industry groups on our
market analyzer in the same period as the sector has driven the Dow
Jones Transportation Average to record levels.
Today's spread appears to be cheap insurance by a trader who is
apparently thinking that the stock could near a top and may be
ready to pull back. Unlike short selling, the only risk of loss is
the $0.06 initial outlay.
Total option volume in the name is already quadruple its daily
average so far in the session, according to the Depth Charge.
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