KO – The Coca-Cola Company – Shares of the world’s largest soft-drink maker are up 1.70% to stand at $54.15 as of 12:40 pm (ET) after earlier rallying as much as 2.90% to an intraday high of $54.78. The price per share of the Coke manufacturer increased after the firm revealed in its second-quarter earnings report that it sold more beverages in every part of the world save Europe. KO posted second-quarter net income of $1.06 a share, excluding a charge for restructuring, which beat average analyst expectations of $1.03 per share. One bullish options player appears to be rolling a sizeable long, previously established call position in the August contract to a higher strike price in the November contract. It looks like the investor sold 15,000 calls at the August $55 strike at a premium of $0.60 per contract in order to purchase the same number of calls at the November $57.5 strike for a premium of $0.75 apiece. The net cost of the transaction amounts to $0.15 per contract. The fresh long call stance positions the bullish player to make money should KO’s shares rally another 6.45% over the current price of $54.15 to surpass the effective breakeven point to the upside at $57.65 by expiration day in November. Shares of Coca-Cola Co. last traded above $57.65 back on December 31, 2009.
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