Options Brief: CSX Corp. (CSX)

CSX – CSX Corporation – Shares of the provider of rail-based transportation services are up 2.00% to $48.41 as of 11:40 am (ET) inspiring what appears to be a change of heart for one previously bearish options strategist. It looks like the investor booked profits today by unraveling a well-timed debit put spread originally purchased on June 28, 2010, when CSX shares were trading at a volume-weighted average price of $52.83.CSX Corp.’s shares plunged 11.00% from an intraday high of $52.95 on June 28, 2010, to an intraday low of $47.08 during yesterday’s trading session. The investor appears to have established the put spread at exactly the right time, buying the roughly 3,000-lot July $49/$46 debit spread for an average net premium of $0.44 per contract back on June 28. Today the trader unraveled the bearish position, selling-to-close the spread for an average net premium of $1.295 per contract, signaling perhaps the expectation that CSX shares will continue to rebound. Net profits on the closing sale amount to $0.855 per contract.

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