Archive for May, 2011

Option Volume Leaders as of 4:21 PM

Symbol Name Contracts Calls Puts Spot (Delayed) Spot Chg AAPL Apple Inc 396,616 61.6% 38.4% $347.83 +10.42 PEP PepsiCo Inc 301,849 97.8% 2.2% $71.12 +0.72 VOD Vodafone Group 271,653 99.5% 0.5% $28.03 -0.07 BAC Bank of America Corporation New 188,538 72.5% 27.5% $11.75 +0.06 F Ford Motor Company 173,847 68.1% 31.9% $14.92 +0.32 NGG National [...]

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BP Plc (BP) $46.20 +1.45%

BP adds 56 cents to $46.10 on the session and a morning block of 7500 Jun 44 puts at 17 cents per contract on ISE is an opening buyer, according to ISEE data. 11,389 traded against 13,473 in open interest. The contract expires in 17 days and is 4.6 percent OTM with a delta of [...]

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Nokia Corp (NOK) $7.04 -14.15%

Nokia (NOK) implied volatility jumped today, as shares fell on a revised outlook. The company lowered guidance for its core devices and services unit for both the second quarter and the fiscal year. Shares are down $1.15 to $7.05 on the day. Meanwhile, 60,000 calls and 53,000 puts have changed hands in Nokia options, which [...]

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DIRECTV (DTV) $50.23 +0.60%

DirectTV (DTV) adds 29 cents to $50.22 and the Sep 43 – 52.5 call spread is sold to buy Sep 40 puts, collecting $6.10 on the package, 5000X. The same three-way traded 5000X on May 24 and was a closing trade. Today’s action also looks closing and exiting a profitable position after DTV gained 25.8 [...]

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Put/Call Ratio Leaders* as of 3:01 PM

Symbol Name Puts Calls RealTime P/C Avg P/C ID L1 Identity Solutions Inc 11,351 52 218.29 4.09 YMI YM Biosciences Inc 7,082 177 40.01 3.16 EQR Equity Residential 4,269 136 31.39 0.42 MIPS MIPS Technologies Inc 3,587 174 20.61 2.43 AXL American Axle and Manufacturing Holdings Inc 5,125 332 15.44 0.49 RFMD RF Micro Devices [...]

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Apple Inc (AAPL) $345.72 +2.46%

Apple Computer (AAPL) Weekly puts and calls are seeing heavy trading amid optimism for the company’s Worldwide Developer’s conference. Although it is scheduled for Jun 6 – 10 and after the Weekly 6/3 contracts expire, trading is active on speculation about potential product announcements at the event. The list includes a Lion operating system, an [...]

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Level 3 Communications Inc (LVLT) $2.29 -1.51%

Players in the options market are bracing for the next move in Level 3 (LVLT). Today’s volume of 18,000 calls and 5,700 puts is 3X the average daily for the Broomfield, CO communication equipment company. Shares are off a nickel to $2.28 and Sep 2 calls are the most actives. 5,400 traded and, with 50 [...]

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RF Micro Devices Inc (RFMD) $6.23 +1.32%

RF Micro Devices (RFMD) adds 9 cents to $6.24 and August 6 puts on the Greensboro, NC chipmaker are actively traded today. One of the top trades is a 2,600-contract block at the 45-cent asking price. 11,780 now traded against open interest of 2,937. Sentiment data is not consistent with opening customer buyers and there [...]

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Marathon Oil Corp (MRO) $53.99 +1.16%

Marothon Oil (MRO) adds 60 cents to $53.97 and an investor apparently initiates a Jun 48 – 57.5 bullish risk-reversal, 6,200X on ISE. Sentiment data is consistent with buying calls, selling puts. The combo has now traded 10K and appears tied to 207K shares at $53.75. The bullish play comes after a 6.8 percent rally [...]

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Ciena Corporation New (CIEN) $26.48 -0.15%

Ciena (CIEN) adds 2 cents to $26.54 and 17,000 puts have changed hands on the Linthicum, MD networking company. The flow represents 5X the typical put activity for the name and more than 10X the day’s call volume. The action includes a multi-exchange sweep of 1,939 Oct 27 puts at the $3.20 asking price. Another [...]

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