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Japan Fund Draws Large Bullish Trade

By Pete Najarian, co-founder of OptionMonster

NEW YORK -- The WisdomTree Japan Hedged Fund (DXJ) has been highly volatile this year, and Tuesday the bullish option paper was flowing again.

OptionMonster's tracking systems detected the purchase of 9,000 August 47 calls in one print Tuesday for $1.20. The volume was above the strike's previous open interest, so this is clearly a new position.

Calls cheaply lock in where the stock can be purchased no matter how far it might rise. They can also generate significant leverage from relatively small moves in the share price.

The exchange-traded fund, which tracks Japanese stocks while adjusting for currency fluctuations, ended the session up 1.19% to $44.28 Tuesday. It shot up from under $32 to above $52 between November and May but then pulled back as the broader market retreated.

More than 38,000 options traded in the fund Tuesday, well above its daily average of 25,642 in the last month. Calls outnumbered puts by more than 5 to 1.

Najarian has no positions in DXJ.

This commentary comes from an independent investor or market observer as part of TheStreet guest contributor program. The views expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of TheStreet or its management.

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