DryShips (DRYS), which rallied around a Morgan Stanley upgrade yesterday (see 9/27 color), is up another 41 cents to $4.88 after winning a $135 million contract for drillship. The contract is “easing financing concerns that have plagued the company for nearly two years,” according to Reuters. DRYS options are seeing brisk trading for a second day. 40,000 calls and 7,870 puts traded so far, or 8X the normal for midday. Oct 4, Oct 5, and Nov 5 calls are the most actives. Meanwhile, implied volatility is up 2 percent to 54, compared to a 52-week high and low of 88 and 42.
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