Murphy Oil (MUR) loses 96 cents to $50.47 and the top options trade in the El Dorado, AR oil and gas refiner Friday is a 2980-contract block of Oct 55 calls at $1.53 on ISE. It’s an opening buyer, according to ISEE data. 5,480 now traded. Another 1,050 Oct 52.5 calls changed hands. Bullish trading in MUR comes after a 34.7 percent slide since April. The stock notched a 52-week high of $78.16 on 4/29, but has been in a bearish funk since. A 52-week low of $47.24 ws set on 8/26 and the stock is now probling support around the $50 level. Earnings were last reported on 7/27.
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