Trade programs exit from Archer Daniels

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Archer Daniels Midland has been limping for months, and one long-term trade wants to put the stock out of its misery.

optionMONSTER's Depth Charge monitoring system detected the purchase of 2,600 January 2014 25 puts for $2.69 and the sale of an equal number of January 2014 30 calls for $1.81. Volume was below open interest at both strikes, indicating that a new position was implemented.

Known as a bearish collar , the trade cost $0.88 and is similar to shorting the grain-processing stock. The trader will make money if ADM drops toward $25 but will be forced to sell shares for $30 if it climbs above that level.

He or she is probably using the strategy to protect a long position in the name. (See our Education section for more on how calls and puts can be used for hedging.)

ADM is up 0.07 percent to $27.18 in early afternoon trading but has fallen about 15 percent since the spring. It declined throughout June and July, capped by a weak quarterly report resulting from poor margins and volumes. The stock has been making a feeble attempt to rebound since then.

Today's bearish trade pushed total option volume in the name to twice the daily average, according to the Depth Charge.



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