ATP Oil and Gas (ATPG) is down 82 cents to $5.02 on heavy turnover of more than 2 million shares (expected volume after 45 minutes is 278K) and implied volatility in options on the stock is surging on reports CEO Matt McCarroll is resigning after failing to reach a mutually agreeable employment contract. 10,000 puts and 1,500 calls traded in the oil driller. Players are showing the most interest in downside Dec 4 puts and at-the-money Jun 5 puts. However, Dec 2, Sep 3, Jun 4, and Sep 4 puts are seeing interest as well and 30-day ATM vols are up 45 percent, now elevated at 127 percent.
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