Nuance Bulls Look for a Bounce

By David Russell, reporter at OptionMonster

NEW YORK -- Nuance Communications ( NUAN) is trying to hold some long-term lows, and Thursday the bulls wagered on a bounce.

OptionMonster's tracking programs detected unusual activity in the July 19 calls, with buyers paying $1.65 to $1.70. Those premiums quickly inflated to $1.95 as shares began ticking higher, which shows the kind of leverage that can be achieved with options.

Such long calls lock in the purchase price for the stock, so even a small move in the share price can have a big impact on the value of the options.

Nuance shares were down slightly when the trades first hit but ended the session up 0.74% to $19.02. The maker of voice-recognition software has lost more than 20% in the last month, with most of that drop following a weak earnings report on Feb. 7.

More than 8,300 of those July 19s traded in the session, almost 10 times the strike's open interest before the session began, clearly indicating new activity. Calls outnumbered puts by a bullish 14-to-1 ratio.

Russell has no positions in NUAN.

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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