A show of support for Kraft Foods
Mike Yamamoto | email@example.com
optionMONSTER's tracking systems detected the sale of 2,586 February 52.50 puts in two blocks of equal size for $0.85 and $0.80. This is clearly a new position, as the strike's open interest was just 120 contracts before the trade appeared.
The put seller will keep the credit as profit if KRFT remains above $52.50 through mid-February. If it falls below that strike price, the trader will be on the hook to buy shares at that level. (See our Education section)
The packaged-foods and beverage company is scheduled to report fourth-quarter results on Feb. 13, about a week before that month's options expire.
KRFT rose 0.44 percent yesterday to close at $53.94, just above its 200-day moving average and right in the middle of its recent range. Shares have been trading between $52 and $56 since August.