By Jud Pyle, CFA, chief investment strategist for the Options News NetworkShares of Altria Group ( MO) are up more than 12% since closing $14.62 on March 3. The stock has had bullish tailwinds ever since March 4, when the company announced price increases. And, of course, Tuesday's monster rally did not hurt. Today we saw large call volume in the March options. But don't be fooled into thinking this is something related to the fundamentals. This is just an option strategy related to the fact that the stock trades ex-dividend tomorrow.