AK Steel (AKS) is off 53 cents to $4.94 in active trading of 3.4 million shares after the company lowered fourth quarter guidance and announced an offering. 8,340 options traded on the steelmaker so far. Nov 5 puts, which are now 6 cents in-the-money and expiring at the end of this week, are the most actives in AKS. 5,320 traded (63 percent Ask) against 4,902 in open interest. At the same time, 30-day ATM vols are moving up 24 percent to 73 and now back within striking distance of the 2012 highs of 74 set on 7/23, which was just a few days before the stock touched a 52-week low of $4.66 on 7/26.
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