Options Brief: The Mosaic Co. (MOS)

MOS – The Mosaic Company – Shares of the producer and marketer of concentrated phosphate and potash crop nutrients for the global agriculture are trading higher by more than 7.3% to stand at $42.00 by 1:45 pm (ET) inspiring one long-term bullish trader to purchase a plain-vanilla debit call spread in the December contract. The options strategist picked up 5,000 calls at the December $45 strike for an average premium of $3.01 apiece, and sold the same number of calls at the higher December $55 strike for an average premium of $0.88 each. Average net premium paid to establish the spread amounts to $2.13 per contract. Thus, the responsible party is poised to profit should Mosaic’s shares surge 12.2% to surpass the effective breakeven point on the spread at $47.13 by December expiration. The investor stands ready to amass maximum potential profits of $7.87 per contract should the price of the underlying shares jump 30.95% from the current price of $42.00 to exceed $55.00 by expiration day in six months time. The potash producer’s shares last traded above $55.00 back on April 21, 2010.

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