Rosetta pullback brings out the bulls


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One trader apparently believes that Rosetta Resources is on its way back.

optionMONSTER's Heat Seeker tracking system detected the purchase of 6,000 June 50 calls for $1.20. Equal-sized blocks were sold the June 35 puts for $0.50 and the June 55 calls for $0.25. There was essentially no open interest in any of the three strikes before the trade appeared.

The activity resulted in a cost of $0.45 and has the potential to earn a maximum profit of more than 1,000 percent if the shares close at or above $55 on expiration. The strategy combines elements of a combination trade and a bullish call spread . (See our Education section)

ROSE gained 0.24 percent to close at $45.76 yesterday but has lost about 15 percent of its value since mid-March. It's attempting to make a higher low around its current level than the levels where it bounced in October, December, and January.

The company focuses on extracting oil and natural gas from unconventional shale fields . Huge discoveries focused investor attention on the industry group last year, but it has underperformed more recently as a supply glut depressed natural-gas prices. Last week, regulators approved a natural-gas exporting station in Louisiana.

That could put the U.S. back on the map as a major energy exporter for the first time in decades. Heat Seeker also detected bullish call buying in another shale name, Kodiak Oil & Gas , recently, so investors may now be regaining interest in the group.

Overall option volume in ROSE was 14 times greater than average in yesterday's session.

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