Short-term put spread targets AIG
Chris McKhann | [email protected]
A trader bought 2,550 January 36 puts for $0.38 and sold 5,100 January 35 puts for $0.14, according to optionMONSTER systems. This spread is in the new Weekly options for next week, so there was no open interest in either strike.
This put vertical cost $0.10 to open, which is the maximum at risk if AIG remains above $37. The maximum gain on this ratio spread would come if the stock is right at $36, while below that the trader is effectively long stock. (See our Education section)
AIG is up fractionally this morning at $36.53. Yesterday's close was the insurance giant's highest since Oct. 18, as shares have run up from support at $31 over the last six weeks.