Bearish Investors Dominated Activity in Tyson Foods Options this Morning

TSN – Tyson Foods, Inc. – Bearish investors breakfasted on Tyson Foods’ put options this morning with shares of the world’s largest supplier of beef and pork declining as much as 7.9% to an intraday low of $15.68. Traders positioning for continued erosion in the price of the underlying stock picked up approximately 1,300 now in-the-money puts at the January 2011 $16 strike for an average premium of $1.25 each. Put buyers at this strike make money if Tyson’s shares fall 5.9% from today’s low of $15.68 to slip beneath the effective breakeven price of $14.75 by January expiration. Pessimists purchased more than 3,700 puts at the January 2011 $15 strike for an average premium of $0.88 apiece. Investors holding these contracts are poised to profit should shares plunge 9.95% lower to trade below the average breakeven price of $14.12 by expiration day. Increased demand for put options on the stock and rapid erosion in the price of Tyson’s shares helped lift the overall reading of options implied volatility 17.68% to a high of 35.21% today.

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