Trader Bets on Big Rise in Treasury ETF

A large call spread sees a potentially big move higher in the TLT Treasuries exchange-traded fund.

The iShares 20+ Year Treasury Bond Fund trades at $126.24, down 0.29 percent in late morning trading after closing at its highest in more than two months yesterday. Shares have been climbing off support of $120 in the last month, driving the correlation between the S&P 500 and the TLT to -0.97.

More than 12,000 each of the March 133 and 139 calls have traded against open interest below 500 in each strike, according to optionMONSTER’s systems. The trader was buying the 133 calls with the big block of 9,000 for the ask price of $1.41, while the 139 calls were sold for the bid price of $0.51.

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