Starwood Hotels (HOT) is seeing increasing put volume. The stock is down $1.87 to $49.18 and total volume is four times the normal. 15,000 puts have traded, or more than three times the number of call options. The company was the subject of takeover speculation yesterday. However, today, traders are clearly leaning on the bearish side of the trade, with buying seen in the May puts with strike prices ranging from 55 to 40. Earnings expected in late-April.
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