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News Corp. Calls Highest Since 2009 on Carey Optimism: Options

News Corp. options traders are making the most bullish bets since 2009 amid speculation Chief Operating Officer Chase Carey’s increasing influence will spur growth at the media company.

Calls to buy News Corp., the owner of Fox Broadcasting and the Wall Street Journal, outnumber puts to sell by 2.8-to-1, the most since February 2009, data compiled by Bloomberg show. The ratio has risen 27 percent this month as traders bet that the company will extend this year’s 20 percent gain and keep beating returns from rivals Time Warner Inc., Viacom Inc. and Walt Disney Co.