PACCAR Inc (PCAR) is engaged in the design, manufacture and customer support of light, medium- and heavy-duty trucks under the Kenworth, Peterbilt and DAF nameplates. The company also provides customized financial services, information technology and truck parts related to its principal business. PCAR is currently trading around $58.55 in a 52 week range of $53.59 – 68.81. The company’s stock has been underperforming the market this year with shares decreasing .88% year to date.
Today, a trader bought 1000 PCAR Feb15 67.5 Calls for $0.55. This order involves laying out $55,000 in total premium. The stock is looking pretty strong today, in a market that is trading lower. We have seen 2x the average daily volume in PCAR today, and this order represents a larger than average trade size in the name. The stock is trading below the Ichimoku cloud, indicating that this might not be an appropriate setup for beginners. However, with the stock performing strong in the last few days, it seems like this trader is looking to capture a move to the upside.
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Buying the 1000 PCAR Feb15 67.5 Calls for $0.55
Risk: $55 for every 1 lot
Greeks of these Trade:
Full Disclosure: I am currently in this trade