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Cheap Upside Calls Change Hands On General Motors Co.

Posted on the 20 March 2013 by Phil's Stock World @philstockworld

Today’s tickers: GM, FRAN & FDO

GM - General Motors Co. – Trading traffic in weekly options on General Motors today indicates some traders are positioning for shares in the automaker to rise to the highest level since Valentine’s Day during the next couple of trading sessions. Shares in GM are near their highs of the day, up 2.0% at $28.67 as of 11:40 a.m. in New York. The most actively traded weekly contracts as measured by volume on Wednesday morning are the Mar. 22 ’13 $29 strike call options, with upwards of 4,500 contracts in play versus zero open positions. It looks like most of the calls were purchased at a premium of $0.05 apiece. Call buyers stand ready to profit at expiration later this week should shares in GM rally another 1.3% to settle above the average breakeven point at $29.05. Traders long the calls at $0.05 per contract have seen the value of the contracts double this morning, with the options currently changing hands at $0.11 each as of 11:45 a.m. ET. Bullish bets are also on the rise at the April $29 strike, with around 900 calls purchased for an average premium of $0.49 per contract. Shares in General Motors are down roughly 2.5% since the start of 2013.

FRAN - Francesca’s Holdings Corp. – Shares in Francesca’s jumped 10.5% to $29.80 on Wednesday morning after the retailer of women’s apparel and accessories reported better-than-expected fourth-quarter earnings after the close on Tuesday. The sharp move in the price of the underlying shares sparked heavy options activity on the stock today, with volume topping 4,500 lots by midday on the East Coast versus average daily volume of around 1,600 contracts. Most of the activity is in April and May expiry put options, with some traders positioning for shares in Francesca’s to potentially pullback in the near term. The April $25 strike put options traded 1,300 times on Wednesday morning, and appear to have been mostly purchased at an average premium of $0.45 each. Similarly, the…


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