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Is Peabody a Diamond in the Rough?

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Peabody Energy is down, but traders aren't counting it out.

This stock has been weak for the last year along with so many other coal names, and yesterday it hit a new low under $16. That drop prompted one investor to take an upside shot with a vertical spread, buying the September 19 calls and selling the September 22s for a net cost of $0.43, according to OptionMonster's tracking systems.

Owning calls lock in the price where a stock can be purchased, while selling them obligates the trader to unload shares at a certain level if it rallies. Combining the two lets the investor cheaply control a move between the two strikes. In the case of yesterday's trade, that spread is $3—a potential profit of almost 600 percent based on the entry price.

Peabody fell 2.79 percent yesterday to close at $16.02. The advantage of the September trade is that it gives a fair amount of time for a turnaround in the beaten-down coal industry.

Overall calls in the name totaled 19,400, compared to some 11,300 puts. Total option volume was more than twice its daily average.

—By CNBC Contributor Pete Najarian

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Pete Najarian is a professional investor, CNBC contributor, regular co-host of CNBC's "Fast Money" and co-founder of OptionMonster.com. Najarian is long BTU calls.

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