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Bulls Want to Toast Constellation Brands

David Russell|Writer, OptionMonster

Constellation Brands is pulling back, and the bulls are getting in the spirit with the alcoholic-beverage company.

OptionMonster’s tracking systems detected the purchase of more than 9,000 April 32.50 calls, most of which priced for $3.39. Volume was more than 600 times open interest at the strike before the trade appeared.

Long calls lock in how much investors must pay to buy a stock, so they can generate major leverage in the event of a rally. But these options can lose most or all of their value if the shares fail to move.

Constellation shares rose 0.82 percent to $32.76 yesterday. It’s been exploding higher since late June, when it took over selling Corona beer in the U.S. The shares had fallen in the last week, and yesterday’s call buyer apparently thought it was a good entry point.

The trade occurred less than $0.20 from the bottom of the stock’s range in the session and was followed by a rebound in the share price. Total option volume was 24 times greater than average.

—By CNBC Contributor David Russell

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David Russell is a reporter and writer for OptionMonster. Russell has no positions in STZ.