How the bulls are playing Williams

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Williams has been ripping amid an emerging bull market in the natural-gas sector, and investors continue to look for more upside.

optionMONSTER's Heat Seeker tracking system detected the purchase of 11,000 January 40 calls for $0.64. There was also a bullish vertical spread, with 2,000 August 32 calls bought for $1.47 and an equal number of August 35s sold for $0.65. That resulted in a net cost of $0.82, and will earn a 144 percent profit if WMB rallies to $35 by expiration.

The shares are down 0.33 percent to $30.16 in afternoon trading but have surged 63 percent in the last six months. That includes a gap higher that occurred on Feb. 17 after management announced it would split its production and pipeline businesses into two separate businesses.

The company, which has traditionally carried a heavy debt load, fell sharply during the 2008 financial crisis, but has been fighting its way back as credit conditions improve. It's also been riding a wave of bullishness in the natural-gas sector, especially as the market anticipates increased production.

Overall options volume in WMB slightly below average so far today, but calls outnumber puts by 7 to 1--a reflection of the bullish sentiment. The stock has been a frequent target of call buying for months.



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