Betting big on a happy new year for Coca-Cola

Traders are betting on a big 2015 for Coca-Cola.

On Monday and Wednesday, traders made large purchases of the Coca-Cola 50-strike calls expiring in January 2016. Since a call represents the right to buy a stock for a given price at a given time, the buyers of these calls need Coca-Cola shares to rise above $50 by January 2016 in order for the options to pay off. That would represent a nearly 20 percent rally from current levels.

Shares of the beverage giant did not have a particularly good 2014. Coca-Cola stock rose only 4 percent over the course of the year, badly underperforming both the S&P 500 (which rose about 12 percent) and competitors like PepsiCo and Dr Pepper Snapple (which rose 14 percent and 47 percent, respectively).

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Both Monday and Wednesday saw purchases of about 10,000 of the January 2016 50-strike calls for roughly 70 cents per share. If all 20,000 calls were bought by the same firm, which options expert Mike Khouw says is highly likely, that would represent a $1.4 million bet on a strong 2015 for Coca-Cola.

That said, whether this is actually an outright bullish bet, rather than an upside hedge, remains unclear.

As Khouw also points out, given that Coca-Cola is experiencing slow growth even as it enjoys a price-earnings ratio significantly above that of the S&P 500 overall, "it is always possible that these calls are being purchased against a short. There are plenty of reasons to be betting against this company."

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Correction: This story has been updated to reflect the correct strike price of the options.

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