BP – BP Plc – ADR – Continuing to buck the broader market shares in BP are again in the green with a 2.4% gain at $37.02 while the S&P 500 is resigned to trading off weakness in manufacturing data. Options strategies continue to appear on the most actively traded scanner and today’s pick is a bullish ratio call spread play in the January 2011 contract. An investor bought 1,000 $45 strike calls and sold 2,000 $50 strike calls for a net credit of 20 cents. The investor clearly expects the rally to continue and has a $50 target in mind. Up until that point he has a free ride, actually taking in a $40,000 credit for the trade up front, while the position wouldn’t turn sour until $55 when profits grown from above $45 are equally offset by losses growing at twice the rate at a share price above $50. Implied options volatility continues to indicate that investors are more comfortable with the outlook and has dipped 7% to stand today at around 63%.
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