Merrill Lynch (MER, news, chart, volatility) puts are seeing active trading. Shares are down $1.68 to $23.08 and 52,000 MER puts have traded, compared to 18,000 calls. Players are actively buying October 15, September 22.5, January 20, and September 25 puts. The demand for premium is driving up implied volatility more than 8 percent and back into the triple digits. No stock specific news on MER today. The company disclosed yesterday that Gary Carlin was appointed Chief Accounting Officer effective September 8.
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