Traders drill for gains in Gran Tierra

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The energy bulls were hunting for new opportunities yesterday, and Gran Tierra Energy became their latest target.

optionMONSTER's Heat Seeker system shows that 3,400 November 7.50 calls were bought in one print for $0.20. The volume was above the strike's open interest of 2,126 contracts before the trade appeared, clearly indicating that it is a new position.

These long calls , which lock in the price where traders can buy shares, are looking for GTE to climb above $7.70 by mid-November. The options could be sold earlier at a profit if their premiums rise with a rally before then, but they will expire worthless if the stock remains below the $7.50 strike price. (See our Education section)

GTE rose 2.02 percent yesterday to close at $5.32, right at its 200-day moving average. Shares have been declining since hit resistance around $6.20 in early March. The Canadian oil and natural-gas producer, which operates in Latin America, has not yet scheduled its next earnings report.

Yesterday's call buying made up almost all of the total volume in GTE, which has averaged just 155 contracts a day for the last month. No puts traded in a session, a reflection of the bullish sentiment.

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