Archive for December 28th, 2010

Option Volume Leaders as of 4:20 PM

Symbol Name Contracts Calls Puts Spot (Delayed) Spot Chg KFT Kraft Foods Inc 979,263 99.7% 0.3% $31.86 +0.25 DOW Dow Chemical Co 400,466 99.2% 0.8% $34.38 +0.05 BAC Bank of America Corporation New 347,743 77.2% 22.8% $13.34 +0.07 XRX Xerox Corp 300,272 99.6% 0.4% $11.58 -0.05 C Citigroup Inc 280,178 70.3% 29.7% $4.78 +0.01 NUE [...]

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Another Slow Day

Volume is light again today and the total put-to-call ratio is distorted due to heavy ex-dividend activity. About 7.2 million calls and 3.3 million puts traded so far. Nearly 1 million calls traded in Kraft (KFT) due to the dividend. DOW, NUE, XRX also seeing heavy volume for the same reason.

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Lincoln Educational Services Corp (LINC) $15.35 -1.60%

Lincoln Educational Servcies (LINC) loses 32 cents to $15.28 and Feb 15 puts are seeing interest for a second day. An investor bought-to-open 2000 at 95 cents per contract on the CBOE yesterday. Today, another 1,238 were bought at $1.05, also on CBOE. 1,310 traded. Feb 12.5 puts have traded 310X. Implied volatility is up [...]

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Put/Call Ratio Leaders* as of 3:00 PM

Symbol Name Puts Calls RealTime P/C Avg P/C BDSI BioDelivery Sciences International Inc 3,103 14 221.64 25.62 DAN Dana Corporation 4,825 187 25.80 0.62 CECO Career Education Corp 2,863 122 23.47 1.07 JOE St Joe Company 3,948 334 11.82 0.63 SLM SLM Corporation 3,312 324 10.22 0.21 ZION Zions Bancorporation 7,078 935 7.57 0.73 AKS [...]

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Childrens Place Retail Stores Inc (PLCE) $49.95 +0.93%

Children’s Place (PLCE) adds 42 cents to $49.91 and recent trades include a multi-exchange sweep of 2430 Jan 50 calls at $1.70. It appears to be a buyer opening a new position. Jan and Jun 40 calls are seeing some interest as well. 3,050 call options and 10 puts now traded on the retailer. No [...]

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Oil Service HOLDRS Trust (OIH) $137.49 +0.17%

Oil Service Holders (OIH) adds 12 cents to $137.88 and 7,750 March 138 puts traded in the name. The top trade is a block of 1,000 at $3.85 on ISE and an opening customer buyer, according to ISEE data. 5,000 so far. The action might be hedging activity after a 41.6 percent rally in the [...]

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IMAX Corporation (IMAX) $25.03 -1.34%

IMAX loses 36 cents to $25.01 and options volume is 3.5X the average daily after a block of 5,000 Mar 30 calls trades at 70 cents. The market was 55 to 70 cents. Looks like an opening buyer tied to 115K shares at $25.04.

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Education Management Corporation (EDMC) $16.80 +5.26%

Education Management Corp (EDMC) adds 80 cents to $16.76 and 3,435 Mar 17.5 calls have traded in the name so far. Open interest is 150. The top trade is 395 contracts at $1.50 on CBOE when the market was $1.25 to $1.50. Meanwhile, on the ISE, the top trade is 201 at $1.50 and an [...]

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Popular Inc (BPOP) $3.06 +1.16%

Bullish Flow detected in Popular (BPOP), the San Juan, PR bank. Shares are up 4 cents to $3.07 and 10,130 call options traded, or 4X the recent average daily. Only 78 puts have changed hands. The top trade is 750 April 3 calls at 35 cents on the ISE, and an opening customer buyer, according [...]

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iShares MSCI Mexico (EWW) $61.23 -0.07%

22,000 puts traded on the iShares MSCI Mexico Fund (EWW) today, which is more than 40X the typical activity and compares to call volume of 1,500 contracts. Shares are off 7 cents to $61.20 and Jan 61 puts are the most actives. 16,200 traded (68 percent ask) and implied volatility is up abuot 4.5 percent [...]

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