Murphy Oil (MUR), an El Dorado, AR oil and gas company, is down 62 cents to $62.89 and investors are showing interest in MUR Oct 62.5 puts. 3,557 traded (96 percent Ask) vs. 2,532 in open interest. Oct 57.5 calls are seeing interest as well. Shares touched 52-week highs of $78.16 in late-April, but have been trading lower and lost 19.5 percent since that time. Today’s downside put buyers seem to be bracing for additional losses in shares through mid-October.
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