United Technologies (UTX) is up 42 cents to $76.26 and among 20 Dow stocks trading higher as the week begins with marginally positive market breadth. In options action, a Nov 70 – 72.5 – 75 put spread is sold on UTX at 37 cents, 12000X. It probably closes a position from a few weeks ago when the same spread was bought for 26 cents, 12000X (see 10/22 color). Shares are down 2.3 percent since that time, but still the spread is out-of-the-money and so it’s probably being closed to salvage the profit today rather than run the risk of seeing it expire worthless.
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