Blackstone draws large upside play

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The Blackstone Group attracted a large bullish trade even as the financial-management firm's shares fell yesterday.

optionMONSTER's Heat Seeker system shows that a trader bought 15,500 January 25 calls for the ask price of $0.62 and, seconds later, sold the same number of January 30 calls for the bid price of $0.11. The volume was more than 5 times the previous open interest at each strike, so this is clearly new activity.

The resulting vertical spread cost $0.51 to open, or a total of $790,500. The maximum gain of $4.49, or $6,959,500, would be realized if BX is above $30 at the expiration early next year. (See our Education section)

BX finished the day at $20.08, down 1.52 percent. Shares hit a high of $21.09 on Friday.

More than 42,000 BX options traded on the day, compared to a daily average of 14,000 in the last month. Calls outpaced puts by more than 10 to 1. 

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