optionMONSTER's tracking systems nailed the move in Talisman
Energy earlier this week, and the bulls came back to the name
On Tuesday we
the purchase of January 14 calls in the Canadian oil driller for
$0.35. The stock pushed higher yesterday, and those calls almost
doubled to $0.60 by the early afternoon.
Then the bulls went right back to work, this time targeting the
January contracts. optionMONSTER's Heat Seeker scanners showed that
a trader bought 7,000 January 14 calls and sold a matching number
of the January 11 puts yesterday.
He or she paid only $0.44 for the
and collected $0.48 selling the puts, resulting in a small credit.
A block 6,000 October 13 calls were sold around the same time for
$0.11, but volume was below open interest in those. So it appears
that the investor exited a long position in October and now wants
to ride TLM into early next year.
The new January position
the equivalent of about 360,000 shares with no up-front cost. That
will increase to 700,000 shares if the stock is above $14 on
expiration. But the investor also faces significant downside risk
because of the
, which would require that the stock be purchased if it falls below
$11. (See our
TLM rose 3.16 percent to $12.39 yesterday and is up 16 percent in
the last month. Nonetheless, it has gone nowhere since late 2011
and is now in the middle of a long-term trading range.
Total option volume was 9 times greater than average in the name
yesterday, according to the Heat Seeker.