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Caterpillar Inc. (CAT) Call Buyers Bet Stock Extends Gains Next Week

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Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE:CAT) – Trading traffic in weekly call options on the world’s largest maker of machinery indicates some traders are betting Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE:CAT)’s shares, up 3.75% at $87.43 as of 12:50 p.m. ET on Friday, extend gains next week. Bullish bets in weekly contracts expiring next Friday are heaviest at the May 10 ’13 $87.5 and $90 strikes. Upwards of 4,000 calls changed hands at the $87.5 strike, with the bulk of the volume purchased in the early going at an average premium of $0.51 apiece. The price tag on the $87.5 weekly calls has roughly doubled to $1.03 as of the time of this writing, with the stock sitting at the highs of the session. Traders long the calls profit at expiration next week as long as Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE:CAT)’s shares exceed the average breakeven price of $88.01. More than 2,000 of the $90 strike weekly calls have traded as well. It looks like most of the contracts were picked up this morning at an average premium of $0.13 each. Premium on the $90 calls expiring next Friday has also roughly doubled since this morning, with the last traded price on the contracts up at $0.25 apiece. Overall volume in Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE:CAT) options is above 51,000 contracts, topping the stock’s average daily volume of around 46,700 contracts, with the call/put ratio up above 2.0.

Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE:CAT)

QLogic Corporation (NASDAQ:QLGC) – Shares in QLogic Corporation (NASDAQ:QLGC) are bucking the trend today, sliding more than 7.0% to $9.71 during the first half of the trading session even as the S&P 500 Index and the Dow Jones Industrial Average rally to fresh highs. QLogic Corporation (NASDAQ:QLGC) had been participating in the run up in U.S. stocks earlier this year, rising nearly 25% from the start of 2013 to as high as $12.35 in mid-March. During the seven weeks since then, however, shares in the name have dropped more than 20% to the current level. QLogic Corporation (NASDAQ:QLGC)’s shares slipped to a fifteen-week low today after a number of analysts lowered target prices on the stock on the heels of QLogic Corporation (NASDAQ:QLGC)’s fourth-quarter earnings release on Thursday after the close. Yet, some options traders appear to be positioning for the price of the underlying to rebound during the next five months. It looks like more than 2,000 calls changed hands at the Oct $12.5 strike versus open interest of 226 contracts. Time and sales data suggests most of the $12.5 strike calls were purchased today for an average premium of $0.27 each. Call buyers stand ready to profit at October expiration should shares in QLogic Corporation (NASDAQ:QLGC) surge 32% to exceed the average breakeven price of $12.77.

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