Quicksilver (KWK), the Fort Worth, TX oil driller, is down 48 cents to $14.24 and options volume is 4X the average daily, driven primarily by a buyer of 7000 May 14 puts at 75 cents each. It was tied to shares at $14.35, on a 40 delta, according to a source on the floor. Looks like an opening volatility play and comes ahead of a May 10 earnings release. Implied volatility is up 6 percent to about 50 today, compared to a 52-week high and low of 113 and 44.
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