Hudson City Bancorp (HCBK) is down 29 cents to $13 and options volume is running 2X the average daily on increasing interest in Sep 12.5 puts. 3400 traded, 94 percent hit ask-side and open interest is 2,557. ISEE data is consistent with opening customer put buyers (90 percent = 1959 contracts), as it appears some investors fear HCBK might slide before the weekend. Implied volatility (average) is up about 2 points to 37.5. No headlines on the bank. Earnings were last reported on July 21.
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