By David Russell of OptionMonster
NEW YORK -- For the second time in less than a week, the bulls are targeting Ingersoll-Rand (IR).
OptionMonster's tracking programs detected the purchase of some 10,000 July 60 calls, dwarfing the previous open interest of just 75 contracts in what were clearly new positions. The early blocks priced for $1.45, but then the stock pushed higher and premiums ratcheted all the way up to $2.20.
Long calls lock in the price where investors can buy shares in the industrial conglomerate no matter how far they might rise. That way they can be sure of not missing a rally while tying up only limited amounts of capital, though the contracts can quickly lose value if the stock stalls or pulls back.
Ingersoll-Rand shares climbed 2.2% to $59.84 on Wednesday and have appreciated 5% in the last three sessions. The maker of refrigeration equipment, power tools, and golf carts gapped higher on a strong earnings report in April, only to pull back by the middle of this month.
Bullish activity also appeared on Friday as traders snapped up the July 57.50 calls for $1.90 to $2. Those same contracts traded for as much as $3.64 Wednesday.
Overall option volume in the name was 42 times greater than average in the session. Calls accounted for a bullish 93% of the total.
Russell has no positions in IR.