DD – E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company – Call options on the third-largest U.S. chemical maker are in high demand this morning with shares of the underlying stock increasing more than 5.5% to secure a new 52-week high of $41.14. DuPont’s shares surged at the start of the session after the firm raised its full-year earnings estimate and posted better-than-expected second-quarter profits of $1.17 a share, which topped average analyst forecasts of $0.94 a share. Near-term bulls itching for continued upward momentum in DD’s shares purchased approximately 2,100 calls at the August $41 strike for an average premium of $0.71 per contract. Call buyers stand ready to accumulate profits as long as the chemical manufacturer’s shares rally 1.4% over the new 52-week high of $41.14 and trade above the average breakeven price of $41.71 by expiration day in August. Options implied volatility on the stock declined 6.5% to 25.51% by 12:30 pm (ET) following earnings.