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Option Bulls Dig Into Ivanhoe Near Lows

David Russell|Writer, OptionMonster

Ivanhoe Mines

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saw bullish option activity on Friday for the second time in less than a week.

OptionMonster’s tracking programs detected the purchase of 2,400 September 9 calls for $1.50 and the sale of an equal number of September 13 calls for $0.25. Volume was more than quadruple the previous open interest in both strikes, indicating that this is new activity.

Ivanhoe Mines

Owning callslocks in the entry price for buying stock, while selling them at a higher strike helps offset the cost of the purchase but obligates the trader to dispose of shares at a specified level. In the case of Friday’s trade, the stock can be purchased for $9 and must be sold for $13. The trader paid a net $1.25 for that $4 bullish call spread, which represents a profit of 220 percent if the stock closes at $13 on expiration.

Ivanhoe shares fell 4.24 percent to $9.26 in the session. It’s been getting killed along with all the other gold miners, and is near its lowest price in almost three years.

Overall option volume was more than triple the daily average, with calls outnumbering putsby 33 to 1. On Monday of last week, Ivanhoe attracted straight buying in the September 10 calls as investors positioned for a rally.

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David Russellis a reporter and writer for OptionMonster . Russell has no positions in Ivanhoe.