Here’s How Much Money Someone Made in Apple on Friday

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There’s a reason why people trade options in Apple (AAPL).

Check out this massive call spread that took shape in the tech giant during Friday’s session.

  • Roughly 81,400 August 215 calls were purchased in thousands of small blocks. Buyers paid $1.03 on average.
  • A matching number of August 217.50 calls were sold throughout the day at an average premium of $0.19.
  • Both contracts expired at the closing bell.

The trade had a net cost of $0.84. AAPL closed at $217.58, so whoever was behind the trade walked home with $2.50 — profit of almost 200 percent. When you tally up all the numbers, we’re talking about a $13.5 million payout! Not bad for a day’s work.

How is that possible? Long calls fix the level where a security can be purchased, while short calls generate income and assign the exit price. Combining the two lets investors control the “spread” between two points on the chart. That opens the door to potentially huge leverage if they get the direction right.

(Of course, it’s still possible to lose money. See our Knowledge Center for more. Remember, options may not be suitable for all investors.)

As highlighted on Market Insights, AAPL has shot ahead of other technology stocks as investors embraced a transformational second-quarter earnings report. It ended Friday up nearly 2 percent, and has closed at record levels in nine of the 13 sessions in August.

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David Russell is VP of Market Intelligence at TradeStation Group. Drawing on nearly two decades of experience as a financial journalist and analyst, his background includes equities, emerging markets, fixed-income and derivatives. He previously worked at Bloomberg News, CNBC and E*TRADE Financial. Russell systematically reviews countless global financial headlines and indicators in search of broad tradable trends that present opportunities repeatedly over time. Customers can expect him to keep them appraised of sector leadership, relative strength and the big stories – especially those overlooked by other commentators. He’s also a big fan of generating leverage with options to limit capital at risk.