Bears position for Smithfield downside
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optionMONSTER's Depth Charge monitoring program detected the purchase of 2,500 August 19 puts for $0.75. An equal number of August 21 puts were sold for $1.75, but volume was below open interest.
This suggests that the investor had previously owned the August 21 puts and is rolling the position to the lower strike. He or she collected a credit of $1 in the process and stands to gain more if the meat processor continues to push lower. (See our Education section)
SFD is down 2.61 percent to $19.56 in midday trading and has dropped about 10 percent in the last week. It fell in mid-June on a weak earnings report, rebounded sharply, and then slammed into resistance at its 100-day moving average.
Overall option volume is 5 times greater than average in the session, with not a single put changing hands so far today.