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Dykstra's Deep-in-the-Money Call: Tesoro

The refiner's been beaten down, but the January calls could help investors retaliate.

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Tesoro produces refined products, including gasoline, jet and diesel fuels for sale to commercial customers. It also sells gas and diesel fuel through its retail segment.

The stock got absolutely slammed Tuesday, shedding 5.4% during regular-session trading. It closed at $26.82, slightly above its 52-week low of $25.06 a share and miles below its 52-week high of nearly $66. The stock is down 40.57% this year alone.

Refiners have been feeling the pain lately and are operating at their lowest levels since shortly after Hurricane Katrina in 2005 when natural disasters disrupted the industry. Part of my strategy is to find stocks that have been unfairly beat up by the Street and I think Tesoro fits that bill.

That's why I am going all the way out to January 2009 with this order for 10 contracts. I will place a limit order at $12.80 for the Tesoro DITM calls using the $15.00 (ZGCAC) strike price. Once the order is filled, make sure to place a sell order at $1.00 higher.

Always Remember: Life is a journey, enjoy the ride!

At the time of publication, Dykstra had no positions in stocks mentioned.

Nicknamed 'Nails' for his tough style of play, Lenny is a former Major League Baseball player for the 1986 World Champions, New York Mets and the 1993 National League Champions, Philadelphia Phillies. A three time All-Star as a ballplayer, Lenny now serves as president for several privately held businesses in Southern California. He is the founder of The Players Club; it has been his desire to give back to the sport that gave him early successes in life by teaching athletes how to invest and protect their incomes. He currently manages his own portfolio and writes an investment strategy column for, and is featured regularly on CNBC and other cable news shows. Lenny was selected as OverTime Magazine's 2006-2007 "Entrepreneur of the Year."