Metris Cos. has given a stock option to its 1,900 employees.

When the options vest, eligible employees will be able to purchase 100 shares at the Dec. 31, 1998, market price of $50.31 each. The vesting date is Jan. 4, 2002, or when Metris shares close at or above $100.

"It is important to me that every employee-no matter what their position-knows they will share in the future success of Metris," said Ronald N. Zebeck, president and chief executive officer at the card firm.

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